IAEA tackles threat of radiation to patients and health workersListen /
Hundreds of medical experts from around the world are participating in a week-long meeting which opened in Bonn, Germany on Monday to discuss the threat that overexposure to radiation can cause to patients and health workers.
According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), for the first time in history, several countries are experiencing population doses from medical uses of radiation that exceed those from natural background radiation.
The IAEA says these doses have fully eclipsed those from other artificial sources.
It is estimated that 10 million people receive diagnostic, therapeutic or interventional medical radiation procedures every day.
The number of occupationally exposed workers is much higher in medicine than in any other professional field, says the IAEA.
The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency stresses the continuing need to protect patients and medical staff from accidental and necessary exposure.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.