NRC Information Notice 2003-22,
Supplement 1: Heightened Awareness for Patients Containing Detectable Amounts
of Radiation from Medical Administrations
Below is a link to the recent U.S. NRC Information Notice 2003-22, Supplement
1, "Heightened Awareness for Patients Containing Detectable Amounts of
Radiation from Medical Administrations," dated July 29, 2009. The NRC is
issuing this supplement to Information Notice (IN) 2003-22, "Heightened
Awareness for Patients Containing Detectable Amounts of Radiation from Medical
Administrations" (December 9, 2003), which is also attached, to provide
additional information regarding medical-use licensees' provision of
instruction and information to individuals released in accordance with 32 Ill.
Adm. Code 335.2110 (Title 10, Section 35.75 equivalent), "Release of
Individuals Containing Unsealed Radioactive Material or Implants Containing
Radioactive Material," and to remind addressees of the importance of various
requirements, guidance, and communications on this topic. Please be aware that
32 Ill. Adm. Code 335.2110(c) also requires that release of the patients
pursuant to this Section shall be approved by an authorized physician user who
is approved for the applicable use of radioactive material. The authorized user
physician shall state in writing that he or she is professionally satisfied
that patient compliance with necessary instructions is likely and the patient
is suitable for release.
In addition, please find attached Regulatory Issue Summary 2008-11,
"Precautions to Protect Children Who May Come in Contact with Patients Released
After Therapeutic Administration of Iodine-131" (May 12, 2008) that addresses
contact with infants and young children. This was distributed to Illinois
licensees last year.
Licensees should review the information for applicability to their facilities
and consider appropriate actions to ensure the adequacy of the information they
provide to individuals released in accordance with 32 Ill. Adm. Code 335.2110.