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General Conference 2017, Side Event on Radiation Risk Assessments and Risk Perceptions in Medical Imaging

During the first day of the IAEA General Conference 2017, a side event was dedicated to discuss radiation risk assessment and perception. The event, that was attended by more than 60 participants, was supported by different IAEA division (Division of Human Health NAHU, Division of Radiation, Transport & Waste Safety NSRW) and UN organizations (World Health Organization WHO, United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation UNSCEAR).

The objective of the event was to provide a brief overview of the methodologies employed  for assessing doses and associated risks from medical procedures. The perception magnitude and significance of dangers linked to medical exposures were also discussed. In today's application of radiation in medicine, an important role is played by risk communication to patients: a misleading risk perception might be an obstacle for making informed decisions about a medical procedure and could jeopardise the patients’ health. Furthermore, insights were given on the UNSCEAR activities of providing accurate and reliable data for medical uses of ionizing radiation. 

The programme of this side event is available on this page, as well as the slides and videos of the given presentations.