EPJ Nuclear Sci. Technol.
Volume 8, 2022
Euratom Research and Training in 2022: challenges, achievements and future perspectives
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Part 1: Safety research and training of reactor systems|
|Published online||21 December 2022|
Medical applications of ionizing radiation and radiation protection for European patients, population and environment
Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal), 88 Doctor Aiguader, E-08003 Barcelona, Spain
2 University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
3 CIBER Epidemiologia y Salud Pública, Madrid, Spain
4 University of Crete, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Physics, P.O. Box 2208 71003 Iraklion, Crete, Greece
5 Université de Paris, Rue de l’Ecole de Médecine 12, 75270 Paris, France
6 EIBIR gemeinnützige GmbH, Am Gestade 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria
7 Otto-von-Guericke University, Otto-Hahn-Str. 2, 39106 Magdeburg, Germany
* e-mail: email@example.com
Received in final form: 5 September 2022
Accepted: 24 October 2022
Published online: 21 December 2022
Medical applications of ionising radiation (IR) represent a key component of the diagnosis and treatment of many diseases, guaranteeing efficient health care. The use of IR in medicine, the largest source of general population radiation exposure, is potentially associated with increased risk of cancer and non-cancer diseases, which needs to be evaluated to provide evidence-based input for risk-benefit considerations. Efforts are also needed to improve the safety and efficacy of medical applications through optimisation. The EC Euratom programme enhances research in medical radiation protection. The four complementary multidisciplinary projects presented here contribute to (1) improving knowledge on exposure and effects of diagnostic and therapeutic applications and (2) transferring results into clinical practice. The common aim is to optimise use for individual patients, enhance education and training, ensuring adherence to ethical standards, particularly related to technologies based on artificial intelligence. MEDIRAD, SINFONIA and HARMONIC focus on improving exposure estimation and studying the detrimental effects of diagnostic and therapeutic medical exposures in patients and staff using different endpoints. EURAMED rocc-n-roll brings together the results of the projects and the recommendations generated by them to build, in collaboration with the EU Radiation Protection research platforms, a strategic research agenda and a roadmap for research priorities.
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