1998 年 33 巻 1 号 p. 41-56
Radioactive materials to which an individual may be exposed are not rare. These potential sources of accidental radiation include medical and food sterilizers, therapeutic devices, industrial radiography sources, research laboratories, transportation accidents, nuclear medicine laboratories, and nuclear power plants. While radiation accidents occur infrequently, one of the problems is that ionizing radiation cannot be detected by the human senses. Contamination accidents involve not only some exposure to radiation as the individuals carry the radioactive materials either internally or externally, and are thus continually exposed to radiation until the contaminant is removed. The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) has published “Management of Persons Accidentally Contaminated with Radionuclides” as report No. 65. One of the chapters, entitled “Therapy Procedures and Drugs, ” details the decontamination of radionuclides. It is the goal of this article to outline and establish procedures and resources for the decontamination of contaminated individuals. Here, we review the treatment of contamination and describe drugs for internal decontamination in Japan.