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Low risk of radioactive contamination from cremation when proper safety procedures followed

March 5, 2019


A recent JAMA publication, which described the cremation of patient remains containing a radioactive material, garnered considerable media attention and may have alarmed some members of the general public. The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) would like to share the following key points to put the topic into better perspective:

For any questions or interviews, please contact:

Cynthia H. McCollough, PhD, FAAPM, FACR, FAIMBE
President – American Association of Physicists in Medicine

Brooks-Hollern Professor
Professor of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
Director, CT Clinical Innovation Center and X-ray Imaging Core
Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic
Email: mccollough.cynthia@mayo.edu
Mobile: (507) 254-6888
  Mahadevappa Mahesh, MS, PhD, FAAPM, FACR, FACMP
Chair – Commission on Medical Physics – American College of Radiology
Professor of Radiology and Cardiology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Chief Physicist - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Email: mmahesh@jhmi.edu
Mobile: (410) 404-8742
Twitter: @mmahesh1


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