Overexposure of a radiologists (hands exposure)

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Event Date: 20 October 2017 Event Type: Other
Event Location: France, Hospital Delafontaine - Saint Denis (Paris region) INES Rating: 2 (Final)

A radiologist, using a scanner for interventional radiology practices, has been exposed to an equivalent dose for the extremities of more than 500mSv, which is the yearly statutory limit, measured at the end of the first quarter of 2017.

The assessment of the event shows that incorrect practices are mainly responsible, such as the presence of the radiologists hands within the X-ray beam.

An inspection has been carried out by ASN on 24 January 2018.

INES Rating: 2 - Incident (Final) as per 24 January 2018
Release beyond authorized limits? No
Overexposure of a member of the public? No
Overexposure of a worker? Yes

Contamination spread within the facility? No
Damage to radiological barriers (incl. fuel damage) within the facility? No

Degradation of Defence In-Depth No

Person injured physically or casualty? No
Is there a continuing problem? No

Julien Husse
Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN)

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