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Successful National TC Projects in the UAE

 

For over three decades, the UAE has been successfully collaborating with the IAEA’s TC department to advance the country’s capacity in the peaceful application of nuclear science and technology. Projects are designed to address UAE national needs in health care, agriculture and water management, environmental protection, industrial applications and radiation technology.

 

With compelling support provided by the National Liaison Office to UAE nuclear power stakeholders and effective coordination of IAEA activities at the national level, the UAE has been recognized as one of the leading countries among countries in Asia and the Pacific in implementation of national TC projects.

 

The following are highlights of achievements within national TC projects in recent years. 

First National X-Ray Fluorescence Laboratory (NXFL) in Sharjah to enhance analytical capabilities in the region

Construction site of the SSDL at the Khalifa University's campus in Abu Dhabi

" Dubai healthcare sector improved its capabilities hrough new methodologies on reducing the level of radiation exposure on patients."

" The establishment of a SSDL will enable the UAE to have soundly-based radiation measurement standards for radiation therapy and diagnostic radiology in medicine, as well as for radiation protection within other sectors in the country."

" The X-ray Centre for

Material Analysis is a state-of-the-art national facility, whihc provides essential analytical services such as characterization of materials in various fields like environmental pollution monitoring, protection of cultural heritage objects, human health, agriculture and mineral prospecting to the local community."

IAEA Workshop on CT Beam at the American Hospital of Dubai under the

Dubai Health Authority, 2013

First National X-Ray Center for Material Analysis

The first x-ray Centre for Material Analysis, a state-of-the-art national facility, was established at the University of Sharjah as the successful outcome of the national TC project on Enhancing Analytical Capabilities for Environmental and Archaeological Applications supported by the Permanent Mission.

 

The Laboratory is running as a collaborative project between the University of Sharjah and the American University of Sharjah, which uses X-ray fluorescence and other X-ray techniques in material analysis, including for cultural heritage, environmental, and forensic applications. Completed in late 2014, the laboratory now uses X-ray fluorescence and other X-ray techniques in material analysis, including for cultural heritage, environmental, and forensic applications. The project’s first phase was successfully implemented between 2009 and 2012 with the establishment of the X-ray Fluorescence Laboratory. The second phase has been completed at the end of 2014, yielding a center for a wide range of services and projects.

Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratory for Radiation Measurement Standards

The Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratory (SSDL) is being constructed in the UAE, whihc started in 2013. Under the national TC project, on Establishment of SSDL and with the joint collaboration between the Khalifa University of Science, Research and Technology (KU) and the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), the Laboratory will offer the UAE soundly-based radiation measurement standards that can be applied in different sectors. The main beneficiaries of the SSDL services will be domestic users of radiation detection devices, which need periodic calibration.

 

The SSDL will enable the UAE to offer calibration of dosimetries used in radiation therapy and diagnostic radiology in medicine, as well as measurement standards for radiation protection within other sectors in the UAE. The lab will provide high-quality service at a reasonable cost and without delay times compared with overseas SSDLs. The laboratory building is near finalization, with the irradiators expected to be installed in February 2015, and FANR later conducting the first tests. 

Improving the Level of Radiation Exposure to Patients in Dubai Hospital

QUANUM (Quality Assurance in Nuclear Medicine) was established in nuclear medicine departments of the American Hospital Dubai (AHD) by the IAEA Technical Cooperation Department with the aim of enabling the hospital to assess the level of patients' exposure to radiation.

 

The medical personnel of the American Hospital Dubai has been trained in using the new tool QUANUM in order to audit quality in nuclear medicine. QUANUM (Quality Assurance in Nuclear Medicine) was established in the hospital by the IAEA TC Department with the aim of reviewing and evaluating staff, equipment and procedures, patient protection and safety, as well as overall performance of the department. An IAEA QUANUM Pre-Audit mission was conducted at the hospital in May 2013.

 

It was carried out in framework of the national TC project on Strengthening National Programme on Patient Radiation Safety and Dosimetry. The AHD considers the quality audits an important part as it is one of few hospitals with Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCIA) in Asia. As a result of successful training activities through both national and regional TC projects, the UAE considers the application of a similar concept in other hospitals throughout the country.

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