[ RadSafe ] I-131 Patients and Taxi driver

Chris Cavanaugh cav427 at cox.net
Sat Feb 16 14:17:11 CST 2008

Just out of curiosity, what if the same cab driver works that route?  I did 
work in a hospital ER at one time, and hospital used the same cab company, 
and in many instances the cab driver was on a first name basis with the 
hospital staff.

I am a long time lurker, rarely post since I have nothing to share with the 
group.  I tend to subscribe to hormesis rather than LNT theories.  I would 
though hope that a large hospital would have the sense to check in with the 
cab company to rotate drivers in order to cut back on their exposure.

Chris Cavanaugh
cav427 at cox.net
Yukon, OK
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Moshe Levita" <mlevita at tasmc.health.gov.il>
To: <radsafe at radlab.nl>
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2008 12:34 AM
Subject: [ RadSafe ] I-131 Patients and Taxi driver


Suppose the driver exposure will be 20 - 40 mr ( 100-200 mci patient , 1hr 
at 1 meter).
Do we have to inform him about his radioactive patient ?

Moshe Levita
Chief Physicist
Tel Aviv Medical Center


I would first ask what would be the taxi driver's exposure be?  Decisions 
should be based on exposures, not on whether or not the patient is 

Sandy Perle <sandyfl at cox.net> wrote:  It would be ethical to notify 
anyone of an impending exposure. The patient would more likely not receive a 
ride home. This is another example for the need of public education.

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

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