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PETNET Solutions’ radiopharmaceutical drug manufacturing site in Lisses, near Paris, requires special fire safety and security measures to keep staff and assets safe.
Siemens has installed an integrated fire detection, access control, video and building automation system. An open architecture approach was taken to ensure inter-operability across technical and security systems and processes.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is an imaging technique that uses radioactivity in the diagnosis of disease. Before entry into a PET scanner, minute quantities of chemicals – called radiopharmaceuticals or radiotracers – are introduced into the body of the patient, either by intravenous injection or inhalation. A subsidiary of Siemens Healthcare, PETNET makes and dispenses PET drug products for hospitals, clinics and research facilities. It is imperative that doses meet all standards for quality and purity. At more than 50 PETNET sites around the world, standardised equipment and processes ensure the necessary consistency.
To keep staff and company assets safe from over-exposure to the radioactivity constantly present, PET radiopharmacies require continuous monitoring of background radioactivity. Regulatory compliance is assured with Siemens’ Compact Monitoring Technology (CMT) for critical monitoring of room conditions, in addition to radioactivity meters. It is also important for the company to have an overview of all systems.
PETNET is able to view images from CCTV cameras, lock and unlock doors, monitor fire alarms and check air quality and radioactivity levels remotely from a single control point. Cameras are installed around the site, especially in the more sensitive locations; this ensures operators can view processes from a safe vantage point. Critical events and alarms can be investigated by authorised personnel from a number of touchscreens on the site. Visits www.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies.