[ RadSafe ] Deadly embrace: NRC policy can expose childrento radioactivity, by retired........

Steven Dapra sjd at swcp.com
Mon Jan 5 19:48:58 CST 2009

Jan. 5

         True, however I would like to know how much exposure will be 
received by a person within ten feet for 24 hours.

Steven Dapra

At 09:51 AM 1/5/09 -0800, Brennan, Mike  (DOH) wrote:
>I don't offer opinions on legal issues without acknowledging that I am
>not an expert and might be wrong; it is a shame this lawyer does not
>exercise the same care when making pronouncements about radiation
>issues.  While there are a number of questionable statements in this
>column, the lead off sentence it the worst: Just one kiss from a patient
>treated with the radioactive isotope iodine 131 (I-131) can double a
>child's risk of thyroid cancer, according to the authoritative
>International Commission on Radiation Protection."  If a (presumably
>adult) patient is swapping significant amounts of spit with a child,
>there are other, more pressing, issues that need to be addressed.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On
>Behalf Of Steven Dapra
>Sent: Saturday, January 03, 2009 4:07 PM
>To: radsafe at radlab.nl
>Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Deadly embrace: NRC policy can expose
>childrento radioactivity, by retired........
>Jan. 3
>          The PDF link posted by Celia is an article of approximately 600
>words written by Peter Crane, a retired NRC counsel.  It was published
>in the New Hampshire Sentinel Source, the online edition of the Keene
>(NH) Sentinel.
>          Crane claims that the NRC instituted a "deregulation" of I-131,
>and did so "at the behest of providers and insurers, eager to cut costs
>and increase profits."  (Presumably Crane means health care providers.)
>He says that (unspecified)  "international safety standards" call for
>hospitalizing patients given more than 30 millicuries of I-131, but that
>in the US, patients are being sent home with "as much as 400 millicuries
>I-131 in their systems."
>          Let us assume that a patient is sent home with 400 millicuries,
>and that a family member is within 10 feet of this patient at all times.
>In 24 hours what will the exposure be to that family member?
>Steven Dapra
>sjd at swcp.com
>At 03:50 PM 1/3/09 +0000, Celia wrote:
> >In the news - FYI
> >
> >celia

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