Global Outreach for Radiation Protection Program
The Mass General Global Outreach for Radiation Protection Program promotes the safer use of ionizing radiation around the world within the broader context of medical applications.
Massachusetts General Hospital
175 Cambridge STreet, Suite 244
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
Madan M. Rehani, PhD
Director, Global Outreach for Radiation Protection Program Chair, Radiation Safety Committee, MGH
Global use of ionizing radiation, in particular X-rays, constitutes an important source of radiation exposure to people. About 3.6 billion X-ray examinations and 33 million nuclear medicine examinations are performed globally every year, according to the latest estimates provided in 2008 by the United Nations Scientific Committee on Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR).
At the same time, there is an increasing need for medical imaging in developing countries because of the benefits it provides in diagnosing and following diseases. While these benefits are undisputed, there is growing concern for safer use. This concern stems from inappropriate and un-optimized imaging, observance of radiation effects in patients and staff, as well as apprehension among patients and parents of children undergoing relatively high-dose radiological imaging.
A leader in the field of appropriate and optimized imaging, Mass General can contribute meaningfully towards the goal of safer global imaging. The Global Outreach for Radiation Protection Program conducts research collaborations and educational activities around the world in pursuit of its mission.
A leader in the field of appropriate and optimized imaging, Mass General can contribute meaningfully towards the goal of safer global imaging.