Radiation Dose to the Skin from Common Nuclear Medicine Radionuclides
G.M. Sturchio (Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota)
Most compilations of radiation dose to the skin were developed using an area of one centimeter squared for the irradiated tissue area. However, the current Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations allow the skin dose to be averaged over ten centimeters squared. This presentation discusses the impact of the change on values presented in existing tables for both photon and particulate emitting radionulcides commonly used in Nuclear Medicine. Additionally, the concept of an infinite skin dose is presented as a useful emergency response assessment tool.