Cell and Tissue Banking

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 125–132 | Cite as

The impact of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) program on radiation and tissue banking in Thailand

  • Yongyudh Vajaradul
  • Jorge Morales Pedraza


Tissue banking started in Thailand in 1979. Five years after this, the Bangkok Biomaterial Centre (BBC) was established in the Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, with the support of the IAEA program. The objective of the Centre was to provide sterile bones and tissues for clinical use. Through the passage of time, the Bangkok Biomaterial Centre has gained confidence from the end user and by 2007 has processed 33,872 allografts from 491 deceased donors and 4,035 live donors were used in medical treatment in 3,596 patients in more than 79 different hospitals. More than 305 surgeons from Thailand used the tissue produced in the BBC. At the beginning of its work the BBC concentrate its activities on the production of the following tissues: freeze dried bone, freeze dried dura mater and freeze dried fascia lata. All of these tissues were sterilised using ethylene oxide gas until the end of year 1984. Since 1985 the BBC sterilise tissue using ionising radiation. The BBC is now producing deep-frozen; bone tendon, cartilage, trachea and soft tissue; freeze-dried; bone, fascia lata, dura mater, amniotic membrane, bone hydroxyapatite, bone tablet and fresh preserved amniotic membrane


Thailand IAEA Tissue banking Tissue banks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bangkok Biomaterial Centre, Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj HospitalMahidol UniversityBangkokThailand
  2. 2.TATBBangkokThailand
  3. 3.ViennaAustria

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