Medical Physics/Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance for Radioactive Seeds

Chicago Prostate Center performs numerous quality assurance processes to ensure all radioactive seeds are of the highest quality and are safe for use. In addition, when seeds are delivered, we perform a wipe test to assure there is no radiation leakage.

We independently verify the manufacturer’s seed activity through a process called seed assay. This confirms that the seed activity we ordered is what was received for each patient. As we prepare the seeds for implantation, continuous wipe tests and sterilization processes are performed, thereby, ensuring the highest quality implant.

We report to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and our processes are reviewed and approved annually. We follow all safety regulations as outlined by the Agency.