Safe handling and shielding instructions in case of a dislodged source:
If a seed is found call the Radiation Safety Office or Radiation Oncology
immediately. Forceps and lead container are kept in the patient's bathroom and
can be used by nursing staff to pick up and secure the seed(s) until removed by
These patients may be housed with other patients
undergoing the same type of treatment and are not restricted to their room
during their stay.
No visitors that are under 18 years of age or
pregnant should enter the room.
No special equipment is needed. Patient
care instructions will be posted at the entrance of the patient's room.
From a radiation safety standpoint, patients may be
released from the hospital at any time, but are usually kept overnight for
These patients do not become contaminated in any way
and present a minor radiological concern before the sources decay. The concern
is due to the sources themselves and not from the patient. Because the energy of
the radiation emitted from the seeds is very low energy, most of the radiation
is absorbed in the patient and doesn't present a hazard to the staff. Radiation
levels are normally at the background level beyond 1 meter from the patient.
External exposure precautions only (see the "Basic
Radiation Safety" section)