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Ridone S.,University Hospital Maggiore della Carita of Novara | Matheoud R.,University Hospital Maggiore della Carita of Novara | Valzano S.,University Hospital Maggiore della Carita of Novara | Di Martino R.,University of Oriental Piedmont | And 2 more authors.
Physica Medica | Year: 2013

In order to evaluate the safety of the individual protection devices, the permeability of four different types of disposable gloves, commonly used in hospitals, was tested in relation to [99mTc]-pertechnetate and to [18F]-fluorodeoxyglucose ([18F]-FDG).From these radiopharmaceutical solutions, a drop was deposited on the external surface of the glove which was opened and stretched with the external surface placed upward. The smear test technique permitted to evaluate the activity onto the inner surface of the glove at different times. The smear tests were measured in a well sodium iodide detector calibrated in efficiency for 99mTc and 18F. The permeability was tested on ten samples of each type of gloves and was expressed as the ratio of the activity onto the inner surface at each time interval to the activity deposited on the external surface of the glove. For each type of gloves and for each sampling time, mean value, standard deviation and percentage coefficient of variation of permeability were evaluated. One type of gloves showed a low resistance to permeation of both radiopharmaceuticals, while another one only to pertechnetate. The other gloves were good performers.The results of this study suggest to test permeability for gloves used for handling radiopharmaceuticals, before their adoption in the clinical routine. This practice will provide a more careful service of radiation protection for nuclear medicine department staff. © 2013 Associazione Italiana di Fisica Medica.

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