The August 2018 edition of the CHP Corner has been posted to the American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP) website.
Read about the AAHP's presence on social media. The CHP Corner also includes a call for nominations for several key leadership positions and announces the winner of the 2018 William A. McAdams Outstanding Service Award, Govind R. Rao.
The Health Physics Society (HPS) Continuing Education Committee is now accepting abstracts for Professional Enrichment Program (PEP) talks and continuing education lectures (CELs) for the 2019 HPS Midyear Meeting in San Diego, 17–20 February. PEPs are two hours long and are held on Sunday, 17 February. CELs are one hour long and are held before sessions start on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Each PEP presenter receives a $300 honorarium; CEL presenters receive a $150 honorarium.
Read Andy Karam's review of Atomic Adventures: Secret Islands, Forgotten N-Rays, and Isotopic Murder: A Journey Into the Wild World of Nuclear Science by James Mahaffey.
The 64th Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society will be held 7–11 July 2010 in Orlando, Florida. Bring along the family and visit Walt Disney World while you are there. Disney provides exclusive after 1 p.m. and after 5 p.m. twilight tickets and special discounted multiday tickets to the HPS that are not available at the ticket windows. The multiday tickets include a complimentary admission to an additional Disney experience like a day at a water park or game of mini golf. To purchase specially priced Disney Meeting/Convention Theme Park tickets, please call 407-566-5600 or click on the castle. Please note the cut-off date for advance purchase savings is 5 p.m. on 5 July 2019.
Sometimes attendees at technical sessions would like copies of the slides. In this picture from the 2018 Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting in Cleveland, Dan Strom leans back for a better shot. The HPS history committee has collected over 25,000 pictures from the annual meetings and midyear meetings of the Society. A wide selection of these pictures is posted on the HPS website. Stop by and see them sometime!
"Applicability of Radiation Response-Models to Low-Dose Protection Standards," cosponsored by the American Nuclear Society and the Health Physics Society, will be held 30 September–3 October 2018, in Pasco, Washington. This meeting will provide an international forum for the discussion of current regulations and standards regarding low-dose protection. More information can be found on the meeting's website.
Health Physics Society (HPS) member Arthur G. Johnson passed away on 7 July 2018. His obituary can be found on the HPS website In Memoriam page.
To enjoy photos and information from the 2018 Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting, which was held in Cleveland, Ohio, go to our HPS Meetings in Review page. Keep checking back—the page will be updated periodically.
Donald Cool, ICRP
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), the Commission is hoping to make a permanent change in the way we as professionals, and everyone around the world, access the Annals of the ICRP. The Annals are used to publish recommendations, the most recent general recommendations being Publication 103, and many topics such as radon, medical exposure, and dose coefficients have been covered. To realize this goal, ICRP needs to raise €500,000 by the end of 2018. The campaign—called "Free the Annals"—has already achieved 50% of that goal in firm commitments. Once achieved, all but the most recent two years of publications will be free to access, and it will continue this way indefinitely. We encourage Health Physics Society members across the country to speak with their organizations about the possibility of contributing to this worthy cause. Many individuals, globally and within the United States, have made personal contributions through the ICRP website. Interested members may contact Kelsey Cloutier for further details.
Read more on the ICRP website.
Cyndi Jones, NRC
On 16 July 2018, the final rule and guidance on "Medical Use of Byproduct Material—Medical Event Definitions, Training and Experience, and Clarifying Amendments" was published in the Federal Register. This final rule has several amendments to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) regulations related to the medical use of byproduct material, including:
- An amendment to the reporting and notification requirements for a medical event for permanent implant brachytherapy.
- An amendment to the training and experience (T&E) requirements to remove from multiple sections the requirement to obtain a written attestation for an individual who is certified by a specialty board whose certification process has been recognized by the NRC or an Agreement State.
- An amendment to the requirements for measuring molybdenum contamination.
- The addition of a new requirement for the reporting of failed technetium and rubidium generators.
- The allowance of licensees to name associate radiation safety officers (ARSOs) on a medical license.
- The exemption of certain board-certified individuals from certain T&E requirements (i.e., "grandfather" these individuals).
As stated in the Federal Register, this rule goes into effect for NRC licensees on 14 January 2019. Agreement States have up to three years after this to comply.
Cyndi Jones, NRC
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has awarded 51 grants in fiscal year 2018 to 40 academic institutions in 25 states, totaling more than $15 million. Recipients include four-year universities and colleges, two-year trade schools and community colleges, and minority-serving institutions, which are a federally recognized category of educational establishments. The complete list of grants awarded and general information about the grant program are available on the NRC's website.
Debbie Gilley, IAEA
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has published IAEA Human Health Reports No. 15, Medical Physics Staffing Needs in Diagnostic Imaging and Radionuclide Therapy: An Activity Based Approach. This publication describes an algorithm developed to determine the recommended staffing levels for clinical medical physics services in medical imaging and radionuclide therapy, based on current best practice as described in international guidelines.
The 52nd Midyear Meeting of the Health Physics Society (HPS) will be held 17–20 February 2019, in San Diego, California. This is the perfect time to take a winter break from the cold!
The Sheraton San Diego Hotel is the meeting hotel, with a room rate of $189 per night—good for the dates of 12–26 February.
Persons attending HPS meetings should note the HPS Respectful Behavior Policy.
Compliance Is Appreciated
Brant A. Ulsh, CHP, PhD, Health Physics Editor in Chief
Readers involved in regulatory compliance in the medical arena won't want to miss the September issue of Health Physics. In his article "Compliance With Radiation Protection Practices Among Radiologists," Dr. Mostafa A. Abdelrahman and colleagues find that while most radiologists performing fluoroscopy used dosimeters, only two-thirds always reduced the number of unnecessary exposures, only half always considered reducing the time of exposure and avoided exposure by the primary beam, and almost none used leaded eyewear. Clearly, we have work to do to convince our radiologist colleagues to embrace these dose-reduction tools.
In an encouraging example of a regulator responding to input from the regulated community, Michael Sheetz and colleagues describe changes the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has made to its guidance on the use of radioactive seed localization for cancer treatment. In the article "Compliance With the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Revised Licensing Guidance for Radioactive Seed Localization," the authors offer practical recommendations for compliance with this new guidance.
Be sure to check out the September issue of Health Physics for these and 10 other interesting articles.
Nolan Hertel, PhD
As I begin the next 12 months as president of the Health Physics Society (HPS), I look forward to meeting more members than I did on my president-elect tour. President-elect Eric Goldin will follow me as the first two-year president. The two-year term represents a change in our rules that we hope will provide greater continuity for the Society to achieve its mission. Eric will be visiting as many local chapters as he can accommodate. It is a great time for local chapter members to talk informally to the president-elect and I hope chapters will make the most of this opportunity.
Past President Eric Abelquist is to be thanked for changes in the HPS governance structure that he led the charge to accomplish. Among the most significant of those, the two-year presidency aside, is increased responsibility of Board of Directors members for direct oversight of committees, chapters, and sections. There also will be a gradual reduction from nine to six board members. These changes, voted in by Society members, will provide a more efficient and streamlined governance of the HPS. A fair amount of the next year will be first-time implementation of the changes and will probably result in some modification of existing rules to achieve the desired results. I already see that we should look at the sizes of HPS committees to determine if they are optimal for accomplishing the committee's mission.
One of the items we will address in the upcoming months is the fate of the midyear meeting, which has provided challenges over the last few years, particularly in attendance. I am in the process of forming a task force to investigate options to the "traditional" midyear meeting. The task force will be charged with looking at a variety of formats and approaches because the Board feels the need to provide some midyear activity. I am happy to pass on any suggestions or comments to the task force, which I hope to appoint before summer is over. In addition, the task forces on radiation protection needs and HP title protection have been renewed to complete their charges over the next few months.
I believe that the HPS annual meeting in Cleveland was a success, with nearly 1,000 registrants. I was quite impressed with the number of vendors who came as exhibitors. There was a wide spectrum of equipment and services represented in the exhibition hall. We had a great opening plenary session and I heard good reports about the technical sessions.
Among the things to keep in mind for the coming year is that the 2019 HPS Midyear Meeting will be held 17–20 February in San Diego—a good venue for some of our members to get to a warmer climate for a few days while enhancing their technical knowledge. In July, we will have our annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. Now who would not like to bring the family down to Orlando while they earn continuing education credits and expand their professional expertise! I hope to see many of you at each of these meetings.
You might want to watch my short president's message video below since it is, as one of my friends would say, "vintage Nolan." I hope that we will make expanded use of short videos on our website to provide short and compact statements on a variety of things. I can see now that my office webcam is not the best way for me to record such messages, so I will work on that aspect for future messages.
So here is hoping that the HPS has a great next 12 months and each of you will have a great 12 months as well.
A new list of short course offerings has been posted on the Short Courses page of the HPS website. Information on the following courses is available:
Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) School and Refresher Class—RSO Services, Inc.
Virtual Medical Radiation Safety Officer (MRSO) Training Course—Versant Medical Physics & Radiation Safety
Advanced Detection of Concealed Radiological Threats—Videnus, LLC.
Radiation Safety Officer Training Class—Radiation Safety & Control Services
Operation and Calibration of Instruments—Radiation Safety & Control Services
DOT, NRC, & IATA Requirements for Shipping Radioactive Material Course—NV5/Dade Moeller Training Academy
Medical Radiation Safety Officer (MRSO) Course—NV5/Dade Moeller Training Academy
Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Course—NV5/Dade Moeller Training Academy
The 30th annual workshop/seminar of the Air Monitoring Users Group (AMUG) will convene 15–16 October 2018 at the Palace Station in Las Vegas, Nevada. For information, contact Morgan Cox.