[ RadSafe ] Guidance for I-131 Patients

Hansen, Richard HansenRG at nv.doe.gov
Tue Feb 19 12:23:10 CST 2008

NRC NUREG - 1556, Vol. 9, Rev 2 mentions a pamphlet published by the
Society of Nuclear Medicine regarding information for patients receiving
treatment with radioiodine. Does anyone have an electronic version of
this pamphlet or know where to get one?

Quote from 
NRC NUREG - 1556, Vol. 9, Rev 2, January 2008
Consolidated Guidance About Materials Licenses Program-Specific Guidance
About Medical Use Licenses

Appendix U
Model Procedure for Release of Patients or Human Research Subjects
Administered Radioactive Materials

Page U-11 (page 400 in PDF file)


The Society of Nuclear Medicine published a pamphlet in 1987 that
provides information for patients receiving treatment with radioiodine.
This pamphlet was prepared jointly by the Society of Nuclear Medicine
and the NRC. The pamphlet contains blanks for the physician to fill in
the length of time that each instruction should be followed. Although
this pamphlet was written for the release of patients to whom less than
1,110 megabecquerels (30 millicuries) of iodine-131 had been
administered, the NRC still considers the instructions in this pamphlet
to be an acceptable method for meeting the requirements of 10 CFR
35.75(b), provided the times filled in
the blanks are appropriate for the activity and the medical condition.


Rick Hansen
Senior Scientist
Counter Terrorism Operations Support Program
National Security Technologies, LLC, for the U.S. Dept of Energy
hansenrg at nv.doe.gov


Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2008 11:02:51 -0800 (PST)
From: John Jacobus <crispy_bird at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] I-131 Patients and Taxi driver

  The NRC recommends (and everybody generally follows) the restriction
that a patient being treated with I-131 can be released when the
exposure rate at 1 meter is 7 mrem/hr. See column 2 on page 394 at
sr1556v9r2-final.pdf#app-u  On page 397, it indicates the instructs are
to be given when the exposure rate exceeds 2 mrem/hour.

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