EUROPEAN MEDICAL ALARA NETWORK (EMAN) – building a sustainable bridge between researchers, health professionals and policy makers
EMAN EC Tender Project
Medical diagnostic procedures constitute by far the greatest man-made source of ionising radiation exposure to the general population. Although the benefit for the patients exposed normally outweighs the risk associated with the radiation, there is concern that patients may undergo radiological examinations that will not have any positive impact on their health, or that unnecessarily high doses of radiation could be delivered with regard to the diagnostic outcome. Moreover, the increasing use of ionising radiation in the medical sector also has an impact on occupational radiation exposure. In order to strengthen radiological protection in the field of medicine a variety of stakeholders have to be addressed and involved, pinpointing the specific roles of the different experts, as well as training, organisational and ethical aspects. To support the task regarding optimisation of procedures, the European Commission funded the EMAN Tender Project that formally ended in October 2012.
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