Sterilisation of Tissues Using Ionising Radiations - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781855738386, 9781845690779

Sterilisation of Tissues Using Ionising Radiations

1st Edition

Editors: J F Kennedy Glyn O. Phillips P A Williams
eBook ISBN: 9781845690779
Hardcover ISBN: 9781855738386
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 6th May 2005
Page Count: 352
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Standards for tissue banks and for radiation sterilisation of tissues. Part 2 Methodology in the sterilisation and preservation of tissues. Part 3 Effect of radiation on bone, tissues and their components. Part 4 Viral aspects of tissue for transplantation. Part 5 Microbiological aspects of tissue for transplantation.


Existing methods and processing for sterilising tissues are proving inadequate in many instances. Infections have been transmitted from the graft to the recipient and in the USA the Centre for Disease Control and other regulatory bodies have drawn attention to the need for a reliable end sterilisation method which does not damage the functionality of the final tissue. Safety of surgical allografts is, therefore, a major concern due to microbial and viral contamination of tissues which is now a problem even in the most sophisticated centres.

The Presidents of the main Professional Association of Tissue Banks; American, European and Latin American met in Vienna to review the situation and concluded that the time was opportune to organise an international high level expert meeting, which would identify the best method of using radiation technology to assist in the production of safe tissue allografts

Sterilisation of biological tissues with ionising radiations provides the information on this subject presented at an international meeting in Wales, supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency. New methods of protecting the tissues were presented which at the same time allow the use of sufficiently high doses of ionising radiations to inactivate invading organisms. A Code of Practice for the Radiation Sterilisation of Tissues was evaluated and the outcome and the full Code is included in this volume, as well as explorations of all of the methodologies used in the field.

Sterilisation of biological tissues with ionising radiations is the only volume of its kind and as such is an invaluable source of information for those working in tissue banks, transplant surgeons and the safety regulators.

Key Features

  • High-quality papers highlighting the most recent developments in this important area
  • Includes the full code of practice for the radiation sterilisation of tissues
  • Edited by a highly respected team of experts


Those working in tissue banks, transplant surgeons and the safety regulators


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…a useful tool for tissue bankers, tissue recipients and donors as well as a supplement for transplant surgeons and students of medicine., Carbohydrate Polymers
…provides detailed information., Carbohydrate Polymers

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About the Editors

J F Kennedy Editor

John F. Kennedy is Director of the Birmingham Carbohydrate and Protein Tehcnology Group, School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham. He is Director of Chembiotech laboratories and is also Professor of Applied Chemistry at The North East Wales Institute of higher Education (NEWI). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Management, the Institute of Food Science and Technology and the Institute of Biology. He is also editor of the journal, Carbohydrate Polymers.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Birmingham

Glyn O. Phillips Editor

Glyn O. Phillips is Chairman of Phillips Hydrocolloids Research Ltd, UK. Glyn O. Phillips is a internationally renowned expert on hydrocolloids and food proteins. Along with Peter A. Williams he was the founder of the international journal Food Hydrocolloids, founding Directors of the Food Hydrocolloids Trust and the Gums and Stabilisers for the Food Industry Conferences.

Affiliations and Expertise

Phillips Hydrocolloid Research Ltd, UK

P A Williams Editor

Peter A. Williams is a director of the Centre for Water Soluble Polymers.

Affiliations and Expertise

The North East Wales Institute, UK