Intercomparison and performance assessment of radionuclide calibrators used in nuclear medicine departments in Serbia

Milos Zivanovic, Ivana S. Vukanac, Jelena Samac, Marija Jeremic, Drina Jankovic, Aleksandar Kandić, Clarita Saldarriaga Vargas, Lara Struelens, Olivera F. Ciraj-Bjelac

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The purpose of this work is to assess accuracy and compare the performance of radionuclide calibrators (RNCs) used in nuclear medicine departments in Serbia. Testing of the RNCs included verification of measurement accuracy, as well as analysis of routinely used quality control protocols, by using the certified radioactivity standards (57Co, 137Cs). RNCs performances were assessed with 99mTc through comparison of reference value for radionuclide activity and RNC measurements. Results of the intercomparison revealed that RNCs, 15 in total, are accurate within 10% in vial geometry and within 15% in syringe geometry. Most of them showed similar performance. The results revealed that container geometry is an important influencing parameter in the accuracy of activity measurement. Obtained results indicate a need for regular calibration and implementation of Quality Control program in order to achieve and maintain the accuracy of activity measurements in nuclear medicine.
Original languageEnglish
Article number110013
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Radiation and Isotopes
StatePublished - 29 Oct 2021

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