Use of active personal dosemeters in interventional radiology and cardiology: Tests in laboratory conditions and recommendations - ORAMED project

Isabelle Clairand, Jean-Marc Bordy, Eleftheria Carinou, Jacques Debroas, Marc Denozière, Laurent Donadille, Mercè Ginjaume, Christian Itié, Christina Koukorava, Sabah Krim, Anne Laure Lebacq, Pascal Martin, Lara Struelens, Marta Sans-Mercé, Filip Vanhavere, Emiliano D'Agostino

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    Active personal dosemeters (APD) have been found to be very efficient tools to reduce occupational doses in many applications of ionizing radiation. In order to be used in interventional radiology and cardiology (IR/IC), APDs should be able to measure low energy photons and pulsed radiation with relatively high instantaneous personal dose equivalent rates. A study concerning the optimization of the use of APDs in IR/IC was performed in the framework of the ORAMED project, a Collaborative Project (2008e2011) supported by the European Commission within its 7th Framework Program. In particular, eight commercial APDs were tested in continuous and pulsed X-ray fields delivered by calibration laboratories in order to evaluate their performances. Most of APDs provide a response in pulsed mode more or less affected by the personal dose equivalent rate, which means they could be used in routine monitoring provided that correction factors are introduced. These results emphasize the importance of adding tests in pulsed mode in type-test procedures for APDs. Some general recommendations are proposed in the end of this paper for the selection and use of APDs at IR/IC workplaces.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1252-1257
    JournalRadiation Measurements
    Issue number11
    StatePublished - Nov 2011
    EventORAMED workshop - Universita politecnica de Barcelona (UPC), Barcelona
    Duration: 20 Jan 201122 Jan 2011

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