[Bio-software] Re: Radioisotope Tracking/Inventory

Dr Engelbert Buxbaum engelbert_buxbaum at hotmail.com
Wed Oct 5 06:12:39 EST 2005

Tony Diamantidis - Chemical Safety wrote:

> I'm looking for radioisotope tracking/inventory software for our
> university's Health Physics department. Commercial or home-grown,
> micro, mini, or mainframe, source code or ready-to-run. If you have,
> or know of such a package, please let me know. Thank you.

I am not sure what exactly you mean here. Are you talking about those
sheets that you keep for each batch of isotopes, noting withdrawls,
disposals and the like? In that case a simple spreadsheet could do the
job, but has a couple of disadvantages:

- A spreadsheet is not a legal document, entries may be added later,
removed or altered without leaving a trace. Thus it may not fulfill the
legal requirements for tracking isotopes (check with your radiation
safety officer).

- This would either require a computer in the hot lab to make the
required entries, or you'd have to rely on people making their entries
reproducibly after returning from the hot lab. Both not to be
contemplated, IMHO.

There are applications for which plain paper and a pen are better
solutions than a computer, and this is one of them.

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