Use of active personal dosemeters in interventional radiology and cardiology: Tests in hospitals – ORAMED project

Lara Struelens, Eleftheria Carinou, Isabelle Clairand, Laurent Donadille, Mercè Ginjaume, Christina Koukorava, Sabah Krim, Harrie Mol, Marta Sans-Mercé, Filip Vanhavere, Emiliano D'Agostino

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    Although active personal dosemeters (APDs) are not used quite often in hospital environments, the possibility to assess the dose and/or dose rate in real time is particularly interesting in interventional radiology and cardiology (IR/IC) since operators can receive relatively high doses while standing close to the primary radiation field. 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. This paper reports on tests performed with APDs on phantoms using an X-ray facility in a hospital environment and APDs worn by interventionalists during routine practice in different European hospitals. The behaviour of the APDs is more satisfactory in hospitals than in laboratories with respect to the influence of the tube peak high voltage and pulse width, because the APDs are tested in scattered fields with dose equivalent rates generally lower than 1 Sv.h1.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1258-1261
    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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