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Radioactive materials have been found to be very effective when used in a variety of medical applications for diagnostic, therapeutic and research purposes. As a consequence of handling these materials, a wide range of radioactive waste is produced. The amount and types of these wastes varies depending on the scale of the medical application and the radionuclides involved. The waste that is generated during the different applications of radioisotopes in medicine or biological research is considered as biomedical radioactive waste.

The IAEA has put together material highlighting and discussing important issues relating to radioactive waste in nuclear medicine, including:

  • Basic requirements
  • Legal framework
  • Waste collection, segregation, and storage
  • Waste treatment and disposal

This information can be found in the relevant links suggested.