Society News Archive

21 May 2015
NRC Requests Data Collection on Patient Releases After I-131 Therapy

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) invites public comment on its intention to request the OMB's approval for the information collection "Destinations of Released Patients Following Treatment With Iodine-131 and Estimation of Doses to Members of the Public at Locations Other Than Conventional Residences Receiving Such Patients."

Although most patients return to their homes after receiving diagnostic or therapeutic treatment with 131I, some patients released by the licensee may stay at another location (such as a hotel) for a few days. However, the extent of this practice is unclear.

The same uncertainty exists regarding patients returning to nursing homes and other institutional settings. Therefore, one of the main objectives of this study is to obtain reliable statistical data that provides good estimates of the prevalence of these practices.

The second objective is to determine, by measurements, the external and internal doses received by members of the general public at hotels, nursing homes, or other institutional settings that receive treated patients immediately after their release.

The NRC is seeking comments that address the following questions:

  1. Is the proposed collection of information necessary for the NRC to properly perform its functions? Does the information have practical utility?
  2. Is the estimate of the burden of the information collection accurate?
  3. Is there a way to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected?
  4. How can the burden of the information collection on respondents be minimized, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology?

Comments must by submitted by 20 July 2015.