TITLE 32: ENERGY
CHAPTER II: ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
SUBCHAPTER b: RADIATION PROTECTION
PART 335 MEDICAL USE OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL
SECTION 335.9040 TRAINING FOR IMAGING AND LOCALIZATION STUDIES


 

Section 335.9040  Training for Imaging and Localization Studies

 

Except as provided in Section 335.9160, a licensee shall require the authorized user of unsealed radioactive material for the uses authorized under Section 335.4010 not requiring a written directive to be a physician who:

 

a)         Is certified by a medical specialty board whose certification process has been recognized by the Agency, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission or an Agreement State and who has obtained the attestation described in subsection (d) of this Section.  To be recognized, a specialty board shall require all candidates for certification to meet the following requirements:

 

1)         Complete 700 hours of training and experience in basic radionuclide handling techniques and radiation safety applicable to the medical use of unsealed radioactive material for imaging and localization studies as described in subsection (c) of this Section; and

 

2)         Pass an examination administered by diplomate of the specialty board, that evaluates knowledge and competence in radiation safety, radionuclide handling and quality control; or

 

b)         Is an authorized user who meets the requirements of Section 335.9050 and subsection (c)(2)(G) of this Section or equivalent U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission or Agreement State requirements; or

 

c)         Has obtained the attestation described in subsection (d) of this Section and has completed a structured educational program consisting of 700 hours of training and experience, including 80 hours of classroom and laboratory training, in basic radionuclide handling techniques applicable to the medical use of unsealed radioactive material for imaging and localization studies.  The training and experience shall include at a minimum:

 

1)         Classroom and laboratory training in the following areas:

 

A)        Radiation physics and instrumentation;

 

B)        Radiation protection;

 

C)        Mathematics pertaining to the use and measurement of radioactivity;

 

D)        Chemistry of radioactive material for medical use;

 

E)        Radiation biology; and

 

2)         Work experience under the supervision of an authorized user who meets the requirements in this Section, Section 335.9160 or Section 335.9050 together with subsection (c)(2)(G) of this Section, or equivalent U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission or Agreement State requirements, involving:

 

A)        Ordering, receiving and unpacking radioactive materials safely and performing the related radiation monitoring;

 

B)        Performing quality control procedures on instruments used to determine the activity of dosages and performing checks for proper operation of survey instruments;

 

C)        Calculating, measuring and safely preparing patient or human research subject dosages;

 

D)        Using administrative controls to prevent a medical event involving the use of unsealed radioactive material;

 

E)        Using procedures to contain spilled radioactive material safely and using proper decontamination procedures;

 

F)         Administering dosages of radioactive drugs to patients or human research subjects;

 

G)        Eluting generator systems appropriate for preparation of radioactive drugs for imaging and localization studies, measuring, and testing the eluate for radionuclidic purity and processing the eluate with reagent kits to prepare labeled radioactive drugs.

 

d)         Has obtained written attestation that the individual has satisfactorily completed the requirements described in subsection (a)(1), (b) or (c) of this Section and has achieved a level of competency sufficient to function independently as an authorized user for the medical uses authorized under Sections 335.3010 and 335.4010.  The attestation shall be signed by a preceptor authorized user who meets the requirements in this Section, Section 335.9160 or Section 335.9050 together with subsection (c)(2)(G) of this Section or equivalent U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission or Agreement State requirements.

 

AGENCY NOTE:  Specialty boards whose certification processes have been recognized by the Agency, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission or an Agreement State will be posted on the NRC's website.

 

(Source:  Amended at 35 Ill. Reg. 884, effective December 30, 2010)