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Waste Management

Radioactive medical waste tends to contain beta particle and gamma ray emitters. It can be divided into two main classes: diagnosis and therapy. In diagnostic nuclear medicine a number of short-lived gamma emitters such as technetium-99m are used. Radioactive waste from nuclear medicine can be disposed of by leaving it to decay for a short time (a number of half-lives) before disposal as normal 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 material are linked in the “Related Links’ section.