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Saturday, 02 July 2016 17:10

I would like to thank the speakers and attendees who made the IAPM RP SIG at the Robert Boyle summer school a special event again this year. We also would like to thank the Robert Boyle summer school and the heritage centre Lismore and the IAPM who funded the workshop

IAPM President Dr. Amanda Barry opened proceedings followed by a number of talks on waste and transport with a special session on Identity of the medical physicist.

Dr. Jack Madden  gave an excellent talk on transport and consignor notes. This area is likely to figure strongly with the EPA and initiatives around on the spot inspections and fines may be a possibility in the near future. Marta Millan, from TFR in Madrid  gave a most informative talk showing how in hospitals in the middle east that dose rates on lawns were significant as they recycled the water which had 131I from the therapy suites. The company offer the possibility of separating solid from liquid waste at source which is very useful. Dose rates of  4 mSv hr-1 were measured from some of the tanks which can be incorporated in the hot toilet room. Measuring the levels of radiation provides some potential for bio kinetic modelling and dose assessment. Colm Saidlear gave an update on the Radioactive Waste Advisers in the U.K. It is likely they the UK radioactive waste advisers will  have a separate qualification from the RPA. Colm showed interesting talks about best available techniques and risk assessment software. There was also fascinating slides regarding radium 226 site decommissioning. Radium 226 needles were stored in the U.K. underground to avoid wartime bombing. Dr. Jack Maddens alluded to more ethereal moments and the follow up and detection of church based lightning preventers. The lightning preventers provided protection to the faithful  from the wrath of god  but  contain radioactive foils. The hand of god and the regulator led to satisfactory resolution in some  of the cases.

Dr. Brendan McClean gave a charismatic performance outlining the reasons why you need (or should have a PhD)  to be a medical physicist complete with Boris Johnson references. This entailed looking at the role of the medical physicist as a problem solver within the healthcare setting. Brendan Tuohys talk (which I acted as a conduit for) countered that a PhD was a non-issue, not required by training or standards document, nor to provide a medical physics survey. He performed a survey with 76 respondents and  showed that our mothers could be proud of us regardless. I would hope that these two talks get an airing again as they were worthwhile and stimulated interesting commentary from the audience which is needed to guide us through the ever increasing demand for expert medical physics services.

David Lavin won the bottle of prosecco for best collective RPA noun  with a “flux” of RPAs against strong competition from 13 other entrants.

A good number of  us stayed to enjoy Prof Malones talk on Samuel Haughton (1821-1897) who was an influential Irish scientist who began as a geologist and began his medical studies at 37. He produced guidelines and significant contributions on humane hanging, muscle tone, blood pressure measurement among other topics. His guidance sustained the medical school at Trinity college dublin, the zoo and hospitals such as patrick duns. This marked his contribution to the practice of medicine and science in Dublin and beyond.

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