The primary objectives of this survey were
to assess trends in the frequency of different nuclear medicine procedures in comparison with the previous national surveys
to determine the annual collective effective dose to the UK population from nuclear medicine and the relative contributions of different procedures
to review the average activities administered by nuclear medicine departments and compare them with guidance on diagnostic reference levels issued by the Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee (ARSAC).
The results of this survey showed that the total number of procedures performed annually had increased by 36% over the previous ten years. Bone scans continued to be the most frequent procedure. Lung perfusion and myocardial perfusion imaging were also very common procedures.
The annual collective effective dose from diagnostic nuclear medicine was about 1600 man sievert.
The activities administered for most procedures adhere closely to those recommended by ARSAC.