The use of active personal dosemeters in interventional workplaces in hospitals: comparison between active and passive dosemeters worn simultaneously by medical staff

Filip Vanhavere, Eleftheria Carinou, Isabelle Clairand, Olivera F. Ciraj-Bjelac, Francesca De Monte, Joanna Domienik-Andrzejewska, Paolo Ferrari, Mercè Ginjaume, Hrvoje Hrsak, Oliver Hupe, Zeljka Knezevic, Marta Sans-Mercé, Sandra Sarmento, U. O'Connor, A. Savary, T. Siskoonen

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    Medical staff in interventional procedures are among the professionals with the highest occupational doses. Active personal dosemeters (APDs) can help in optimizing the exposure during interventional procedures. However, there can be problems when using APDs during interventional procedures, due to the specific energy and angular distribution of the radiation field and because of the pulsed nature of the radiation. Many parameters like the type of interventional procedure, personal habits and working techniques, protection tools used and X-ray field characteristics influence the occupational exposure and the scattered radiation around the patient. In this paper, we compare the results from three types of APDs with a passive personal dosimetry system while being used in real clinical environment by the interventional staff. The results show that there is a large spread in the ratios of the passive and active devices.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)22-29
    Number of pages7
    JournalRadioation Protection Dosimitry
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jan 2020

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