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In November 2023, LMIFB has started the project Development of Latvian Diagnostic Reference Levels in Radiography and Computed Tomography for Paediatrics and Nuclear Medicine (project registration No 1-08/81/2023)

https://lvafa.vraa.gov.lv/projects/1-08_81_2023

Project implementation time – 30.09.2024.

Project Cooperation Authority - State Environmental Service

Project description:

In order to keep patient doses from diagnostic examinations as low as possible, each healthcare facility needs to carry out regular dose analyses and compare patient doses with reference levels. Currently, reference levels in diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine have been partially developed in Latvia. These reference levels are available in Cabinet Regulation No 482 "Regulations on protection against ionising radiation in medical exposure" and in Radiation Safety Centre Guideline No 6 "Reference diagnostic levels for radiological procedures". The existing reference levels are not available for all standard procedures, in particular for paediatric patients and nuclear medicine examinations, and regular updating of the reference levels is necessary, as new technologies and new types of examinations are continuously being introduced into clinical practice, so that the existing reference levels need to be regularly reviewed to ensure that they are in line with current clinical practice and that healthcare facilities have reference levels against which to compare the radiation doses received by patients.

The aim of the project is to develop national benchmarks in radiography and computed tomography for paediatric patients and in diagnostic nuclear medicine for all patients. To produce a summary of patient doses received in 2023 for paediatric radiography and computed tomography and patient doses (MBq) received in diagnostic nuclear medicine and to update the National Environmental Service Radiation Safety Centre Guideline No 6 "Diagnostic reference levels for radiological procedures" to include the new reference levels.

16th International Conference & Workshop “Medical Physics in the Baltic States 2023”

The 16th International Conference and Workshop "Medical Physics in the Baltic States 2023" will take place from 9 to 11 November at Kaunas University of Technology.

Conference topics cover scientific and clinical aspects of medical physics.
The mission of the Conference is to consolidate the efforts of engineers, physicians and scientists working in hospitals, clinics, research and educational institutions and companies from different countries for solving health care problems related with radiation therapy, diagnostic, imaging, medical and technological information, and radiation protection.

For more information: http://medphys.lt/medphys2023/index.php

Explore the profession of medical physical engineers

The "Profesiju pasaule" website provides an overview of the profession of Medical Physical Engineer (Medical Device Engineer). The article describes in detail the duties, working conditions, occupation, job and career prospects, character traits, skills and competences needed to do the job well, and includes recommendations from the work experience of those in the profession.

Profesiju pasaules description of the profession of medical physical engineers: https://www.profesijupasaule.lv/medicinas-fizikalo-tehnologiju-inzenieris

Information prepared in collaboration with Artūras Grigorjevs, medical physicist and engineer, Latvian Society of Medical Engineering and Physics, and Anda Tomiņš, engineer and service manager, Medical Physical Technology, Medical Equipment Maintenance Service, Children's Clinical University Hospital.

82RB in PET - a detailed look at cardiac blood sampling

The first LMIFB online seminar of the year will take place on 14 March at 19:00. Let's start this year's series with nuclear medicine! The topic of the seminar is "82RB in PET scans - a detailed look at cardiac blood sampling", where Anna Čakština, Senior Clinical Technologist in Nuclear Medicine at Manchester University Hospital, will talk about her experience. To register, please fill in the form https://ej.uz/lmifb. All interested are welcome to participate! Don't be put off by the name and see you in a week to learn something new!

Deadline for abstract submission extended for NBC 2023

19th Nordic-Baltic Conference on Medical Engineering and Physics extends deadline for abstract submission to 12 March. Don't miss the opportunity to present your research at an international conference right here in Latvia!

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19th Nordic-Baltic Conference in Biomedical Engineering and Physics

12-14 June this year in partnership with RTU - Riga Technical University, the University of Latvia and the University of Liepaja are organising the 19th Nordic-Baltic Conference in Medical Engineering and Physics. The conference will take place in Liepaja and welcomes professionals from the field to present and discuss the latest developments in the field. More information on the conference website https://nbc2023.lmifb.lv

See you in June in Liepaja!

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