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Radiotherapy, Nuclear Medicine and Cyclotron Radiation Protection

If you’re willing to open a Radiotherapy, and/or a Nuclear Medicine unit, and/or a Cyclotron Centre, you will probably come across with some particularities that might difficult the project kick off.

 

Issues like the service concept, shielding design and legal requirements are mandatory to put everything in place to begin.

 

The detail and complexity of these issues could be an obstacle in the project.

 

That’s why we put our team at your disposal.



Radiotherapy, Nuclear Medicine and Cyclotron Radiation Protection

Building a Radiotherapy Centre

Building a Radiotherapy Centre is complex and demands specific technical expertise in order to have a functional well organized service and to avoid problems after construction.

 

Mercurius Health can help you from the concept phase through the shielding design, radiation protection verifications and legal requirements.

 

Concept

Support in:

  • Setting areas for the heavy equipments and their needs;
  • Design of the work spaces and areas, with special attention to radiation safety and protection;
  • Design of the optimal option for patients and professionals circuits;
  • Construction, equipment, material and human resources needs.


Shielding Design

  • Setting up a Radiotherapy service has it’s own particularities, depending on the nature of the technics that you would like to implement;
  • We have an experienced physicists and technicians team that can easily handle these challenges;
  • Shielding design will depend on a variety of factors, that have to be evaluated together in order to guarantee patients, professionals and environment radiation safety and protection;
  • Shielding design includes BUNKERS for Linacs;
  • The commitment is that your project will be optimized before  construction, which means that you won’t need to perform post construction corrections to start the clinical activity.


Legal Requirements

  • Working with heavy equipments demands some precautions;
  • Working with radiations even more;
  • Radiation protection verifications must be done before asking for Authorities licensing approvals; Mercurius Health can help you on that.
  • We can support our customers by doing the legal integration of the project, ensuring that everything that the legal framework in your country requires will be taken into account.
  • This is a key point of the project to avoid future problems with supervising authorities
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Building a Nuclear Medicine Centre or a Cyclotron Radiopharmaceutical Production Centre

Building a Nuclear Medicine Centre or a Cyclotron Radiopharmaceutical Production Centre is complex and demands specific technical expertise in order to have a functional well organized service and to avoid problems after construction.

 

Radiotracers are the 'hearth' of Nuclear Medicine and PET imaging techniques. The application of cyclotron produced isotopes has been expanding at an extraordinary pace in the last decade, for diagnostic imaging studies and therapeutic applications, while cyclotron-based production of 18F(FDG) became a major driver for widespread of PET/CT, with worldwide recognized importnace in modern oncology.

 

Mercurius Health can help you from the concept phase through the shielding design, radiation protection verifications and legal requirements.

 

Mercurius Health helps you to define and implement a solution tailored to your radiopharmaceutical needs, with cutting edge cost effective solutions for cyclotron and radiopharmaceutical production centers achieving full regulatory compliance.

 

Concept

Support in:

  • Setting areas for the heavy equipments and their needs;
  • Design of the work spaces and areas, with special attention to radiation safety and protection;
  • Design of the optimal option for patients and professionals circuits;
  • Construction, equipment, material and human resources needs;
  • Consultancy on architectural and engineering projects (building, HVAC, water and sewage systems, power supply, etc.), radiation protection shielding and monitoring construction requirements.


Shielding Design

  • Setting up a Nuclear Medicine service has it’s own particularities, depending on the nature of the exams that you would like to implement;
  • Setting up a Cyclotron Radiopharmaceutical Production Unit has it's own particularities depending on the isotopes type you want to produce, the activity you want to get from them and the quantity needed witch is related to the number of Nuclear Medicine exams you expect to perform daily;
  • We have an experienced physicists and technicians team that can easily handle these challenges;
  • Shielding design will depend on a variety of factors, that have to be evaluated together in order to guarantee patients, professionals and environment radiation safety and protection;
  • The commitment is that your project will be optimized before  construction, which means that you won’t need to perform post construction corrections to start the clinical activity.


Legal Requirements

  • Working with heavy equipments demands some precautions;
  • Working with radiations even more;
  • Radiation protection verifications must be done before asking for Authorities licensing approvals; Mercurius Health can help you on that.
  • We can support our customers by doing the legal integration of the project, ensuring that everything that the legal framework in your country requires will be taken into account.
  • This is a key point of the project to avoid future problems with supervising authorities.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time is needed to perform the concept and shielding project?

Once we have all the details and discussions with your project team, we need to perform calculations and design circuits. We schedule between two to three weeks’ time for that.

 

And if our engineers have some doubts?

No problem. We will be at your disposal in order to help the team executing the plan.

 

We have to obtain some kind of licensing to open the units?

This process has some differences in each country, but in the majority, yes, there is a legal obligation to do that. We can prepare all the process or support you to do so.

 

We will have an inspection before opening. Is your team available to make a pre-verification?

We can organize an on-site audit in order to verify if all the project statements were carefully applied. We can also point out improvement opportunities to help you deliver the best quality service possible.

 

Concerning the human resources, how much professionals do we need to start clinical practice?

It depends on the number of equipments and technics that you would like to perform. It also depends on the seniority of the professionals. We can help you dimensioning the team and finding the best professionals. We can be on-site working together with your team (hands-on training), during the Go-live phase of your project.

 

Do we need more equipments, besides the heavy ones?

Radiotherapy or Nuclear Medicine Services and Cyclotron Centres will need some other smaller equipments to support all the activity. We can lead you in that matter and help you making informed decisions.

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