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WINS organised a one-day session (07 March 2018) on Alternative Technologies to High Activity Radioactive Sources during the 6th Regional Review Meeting on Radiological Security that was conducted from 06 to 09 March 2018 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Meeting, which was co-hosted by Sri Lanka's Atomic Energy Regulatory Council and the US Department of Energy Office of Radiological Security, was by invitation only.
One of the main objectives of the day was to discuss the advantages and limitations of alternative technologies to radioactive sources. This helped participants understand—and better prepare for—some of the challenges they could face when replacing their sources or purchasing a new equipment not using radioactive sources. Participants had the opportunity to listen to and talk with alternative technology vendors, as well as with end-users and regulators who will share their experiences using or regulating the use of these technologies. Participants also reviewed the key questions to ask to assess if purchasing a new equipment or replacing the sources currently in use with alternatives is equally effective, less burdensome and has comparable costs. Specifically, participants :
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• Session I: Objectives of the day and results of the pre-session questionnaire - Pierre Legoux (WINS)
• Session II: A Manufacturer Perspective - Dan Aitkenhead (Best Theratronics, Canada)
• Session II: Lessons Learned From Converting a CS-137 Irradiator - Kristin Ramberg (Hospital Construction Agency, Norway)
• Session II: A Manufacturer Perspective - Michael Sandhu (Varian Medical Systems, Switzerland)
• Session II: Lessons learned from operating Linacs for Radiation Therapy - Athula Kumara (National Cancer Institute, Sri Lanka)
• Session III: International efforts to support the development and dissemination of alternative technologies - Malika Taalbi (US DOE)
• Session III: End of life management of radioactive sources - Kate Roughan (NEFW, IAEA)
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