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Detection of radionuclides from radiation medical treatments within South Australia's wastewater

Project Number # 4103-16

Detection of radionuclides from radiation medical treatments within South Australia's wastewater

Project Leader:  Samantha Pandelus

Radioactive materials are used in the medical industry for medical imaging such as PET scans and treatment of disease, such as radiation therapy for cancer treatment. Patients from these treatments later pass contaminated waste into the wastewater system via sewers. This study will determine the level of radiation in wastewater from different treatment plants across metropolitan South Australia. It will therefore determine if the radiation level is a risk to public health and if reclaimed water is appropriate for use for irrigation. 

Supervisors:  A/ Prof Antony Hooker [EPA], Rachel Popelka-Filcoff [Flinders University] and Dr Alexandra Keegan [SA Water]

Sponsor:        SA Water

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