Dosimeter Guidelines - Nuclear Medicine Personnel

The purpose of this guide is to establish a uniform protocol for the placement of radiation dosimeters throughout the Nuclear Medicine department at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The definitions below list each type of dosimeter along with the area it is to be worn and the significance of each reading. 

Dosimeter Types 

Whole Body dosimeter Icon
P1 - Whole Body dosimeter - The P1 dosimeter provides a measurement of the deep (DDE) and shallow (SDE) radiation dose equivalent received by the whole body. A black body icon (as shown on the left) identifies the P1 whole body dosimeter. Wear this dosimeter on the torso at waist or chest level.  

Ring dosimeter picture
U3 - Ring dosimeter – The U3 ring dosimeter provides a measurement of the extremity radiation dose equivalent received by the lower arm and hand. The U3 dosimeter is to be worn under the protective latex glove on a finger of the hand likely to receive the highest radiation exposure. A second ring dosimeter (identified as a "U4") worn on a finger of the opposite hand is recommended for individuals who routinely prepare and/or administer radiopharmacueticals or brachytherapy.

State of Iowa Limits

Type of Exposure Annual Limit
Whole Body Deep Dose Equivalent (DDE) which includes: head, trunk, active blood forming organs & gonads
 
 5000 mrem/year total
 
Whole Body Shallow Dose Equivalent (SDE) which includes: skin
 
50000 mrem/year total
 
Lens of Eye Dose Equivalent (LDE)
 
 15000 mrem/year total
Extremities
 
50000 mrem/year total
 
Limit for person completing pregnancy declaration
 
 500 mrem/gestation period
 

UI ALARA Limits (Monthly)

Area of Body
 
ALARA Action Level I
 
ALARA Action Level II
 
Whole Body Deep Dose Equivalent (DDE)
 
200 mrem 400 mrem
Whole Body Shallow Dose Equivalent (SDE)
 
2000 mrem 4000 mrem
Lens of Eye Dose Equivalent (LDE)
 
600 mrem 1200 mrem
Extremities
 
2000 mrem 4000 mrem

PLEASE NOTE: Wearing your dosimeters in accordance with the guidelines given above is required in order to obtain an accurate assessment of your radiation dose. When not in use, store your dosimeters in an area that will not be exposed to radiation in excess of background levels. Please contact Environmental Health & Safety 335-8501 with any questions or concerns.