Mumbai: The radiology department of Grant medical college and Sir JJ group of hospitals has finally received TLD badges after six months of wait from the administration of the hospital. A former student of the hospital had filed an RTI towards the provision of badges, as they are necessary for the safety of staffs from radiation levels, exposure to which can cause cancer.
The badge is required for conducting X-Rays, CT scans, and sonography, in order to measure levels of radiations the practitioner is exposed to. Rays stimulate the electrons in it and the energy gets stored in the badge. Every three months, the badges are usually sent to the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) for analysis of the radiation.
TP Lahane, dean of the college, told Mid Day that “Now, all students and people working in the radiology department have been provided with the badges. After every three months, they are sent for analysis of the radiation. But often students don’t come forward for the badges. There hasn’t been any instance where a student has approached us for badges and we haven’t provided them.”
As per the RTI, the badges are yet not received by the cardiology and orthopaedic departments.