1224.34.2 Support Areas for Nuclear Medicine Services
Nuclear medicine area when operated separately from the imaging department shall provide the following:
A consultation area may be provided.
Waiting areas shall be provided out of traffic, under staff control. If the department is routinely used for outpatients and inpatients at the same time, separate waiting areas shall be provided with screening or visual privacy between the waiting areas.
Provide a dose administration area that is immediately accessible to the preparation area. Since as much as several hours may elapse for the dose to take effect, the area shall provide for visual privacy from other areas.
A pre-procedure/holding area for patients on gurneys or beds shall be provided out of traffic and under control of staff and may be combined with the dose administration area with visual privacy between the areas.
Provisions with handwashing fixtures shall be made for holding soiled material. Separate provisions shall be made for holding contaminated material.
A securable area or room shall be provided in which radiopharmaceuticals can be safely stored and doses can be calculated and prepared.
- A single hot lab shall be permitted to serve multiple scanners and nuclear medicine modalities.
- The hot lab shall be shielded in compliance with Section 118.104.22.168.
- A source storage area, a dose area, and a storage area for syringe shields shall be provided.