[ RadSafe ] British Medical Journal (BMJ) and "This is news?"

Flanigan, Floyd Floyd.Flanigan at nmcco.com
Mon Aug 7 11:14:38 CDT 2006

When I have workers who are going to undergo radiopharmaceutical
treatments, I ask them to have their doctor issue them a letter with the
radioisotope and curie content. I then make a copy for my department,
one for security and a third for the individual to carry on their
person. This makes life much easier when they alarm one of my portal
monitors. I also, of course, take away their TLD until such time as the
decay process has completed to a point where it is no longer of concern.
I have, however noticed that if a letter is not requested, none is
offered in many cases. Perhaps this should be some sort of standard

Floyd W. Flanigan B.S.Nuc.H.P.

-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On
Behalf Of John Jacobus
Sent: Monday, August 07, 2006 10:56 AM
To: Nielsen, Erik; radsafe at radlab.nl
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] British Medical Journal (BMJ) and "This is

Because the average attention span of a member of the
public is about 5 minutes.

--- "Nielsen, Erik" <nielseec at nv.doe.gov> wrote:

> Patients Receiving Treatment With Radioisotopes May
> Trigger Security
> Alarms
> Patients receiving treatment with radioisotopes
> should be warned that
> they may trigger radiation alarms, say doctors in
> this week's BMJ.
> Full text of article at
> Why is this news?
> Erik C. Nielsen
> Senior Scientist
> Remote Sensing Laboratory
> P.O. Box 98521, M/S RSL-47
> Las Vegas, NV 89193-8521
> m

>From an article about physicians doing clinical studies: 

"It was just before an early morning meeting, and I was really trying to
get to the bagels, but I couldn't help overhearing a conversation
between one of my statistical colleagues and a surgeon.

Statistician: "Oh, so you have already calculated the P value?"

Surgeon: "Yes, I used multinomial logistic regression."

Statistician: "Really? How did you come up with that?"

Surgeon: "Well, I tried each analysis on the SPSS drop-down menus, and
that was the one that gave the smallest P value"."

-- John
John Jacobus, MS
Certified Health Physicist
e-mail:  crispy_bird at yahoo.com

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