Exploring a better tomorrow
We are constantly exploring. And have been since 1952. Driven by our passion for nuclear technology and empowered by our unique infrastructure. SCK CEN explores the limits of the possible. In this way, we continuously expand our knowledge in various nuclear fields. But no matter how many directions we explore, we always have the same goal in mind: developing innovative nuclear applications for a better world. Why? Because we are convinced that we can make a gigantic difference with one of the smallest elements on Earth – the atom. Both now and in the future. For people and nature. Read on and you will discover exactly how we do it.
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SCK CEN sheds light on the long-term effects of radioisotopes in rivers and enhances protection for humans and nature
New method for assessing the impact of medical radiopharmaceuticals on the environment
When you receive a diagnosis or treatment involving medical radioisotopes in the hospital, a small amount of radioactivity ends up in the sewer after your restroom visit. But what if we use more of these medical substances in the future? Will the existing protective measures still be effective? Research conducted by SCK CEN, the Belgian Nuclear Research Center, provides a way to assess the safety of these discharges. As part of the European SINFONIA project, experts proactively investigated the potential long-term effects of hospital wastewater on the environment and human health. The result is a new methodology for more accurately assessing the possible impact on people, animals, and the environment. “This approach is particularly useful for predicting the impact of future new medications on the ecosystem and proactively adjusting regulations as needed,” emphasizes Jordi Vives i Batlle, an expert in impact studies at SCK CEN.
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Events & fairs
Online training | Radiation protection for workers according to Article 25 ARBIS
Basic training in radiation protection
Continuous professional development in radiation protection | Radiation protection in interventional radiology
9th ISMERAD | Alpha Therapy: New approaches in radionuclide therapy