First steps towards online personal dosimetry using computational methods in interventional radiology: Operator's position tracking and simulation input

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Interventional radiologists/cardiologists are repeatedly exposed to low radiation doses which makes them the group of the highest occupational exposure and put them at high risk of stochastic effects. Routine monitoring of staff is usually performed by means of passive dosimeters. However, current personal dosimeters are subject to large uncertainties, especially in non-homogeneous fields, like those found in interventional cardiology (IC). Within the PODIUM (Personal Online DosImetry Using computational Methods) research project, a user-friendly tool was developed based on MCNP code to calculate doses to the staff in IC. The application uses both the data of motion tracking system to generate the position of the operator and the data from the Radiation Dose Structure Report (RDSR) from the imaging device to generate time-dependent parameters of the radiation source. The results of the first clinical validation of the system show a difference of about 50% between simulated Hp(10) with MCNP and measured Hp(10) with electronic personal dosimeter worn above the lead apron.
Original languageEnglish
Article number108702
JournalRadiation Physics and Chemistry
Issue number108702
StatePublished - 16 Jan 2020
Event2019 - ICDA-3 : 3rd International Conference on Dosimetry and its Applications - Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon
Duration: 27 May 201931 May 2019
Conference number: 3

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