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Optimization of Radiation Protection of Medical Staff

Optimization of Radiation Protection of Medical Staff

Objective

The state-of-the-art analysis performed in the FP6 CONRAD project highlighted high extremity doses and a lack of systematic data analysis on exposures to the staff in interventional radiology (IR) and nuclear medicine (NM). To optimize the working procedures in the medical field with respect to radiation protection, a project focussed on improving the knowledge on extremity and eye lens exposures is proposed, combined with an optimization in the use of active personal dosemeters. The first objective is to obtain extensive extremity dose data for staff in IR, with special attention to eye lens doses and the analysis of the radiation protection measures. At the present time there is no suitable dosimeter for eye lens dosimetry. Hp(3) is mentioned as the operational quantity to control the dose limits, but there are no conversion coefficients nor a calibration procedure available. The second objective of the project is to develop a formalism to measure eye lens doses and to design a prototype eye lens dosemeter. IR staff belongs to a specific working group which could benefit from a real time accurate dose assessment. Therefore, the third objective is to study the behaviour of commercial active personal dosemeters under real conditions and to design a prototype that could solve the present problems. In NM the doses to the different parts of the hands will be systematically mapped, with special attention to unsealed therapy sources, aiming to estimate the real dose load of NM workers and to describe appropriate protection measures. The different objectives of this project will be achieved through well coordinated measurement campaigns in European hospitals. Simulations will be performed to determine the main parameters that influence the extremity and eye lens doses and the effectiveness of different radiation protection measures. The final objective is to develop a program to disseminate all conclusions and recommendations to the interested parties.
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Coordinator

STUDIECENTRUM VOOR KERNENERGIE / CENTRE D'ETUDE DE L'ENERGIE NUCLEAIRE

Address

Avenue Herrmann Debroux 40
1160 Bruxelles

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 373 382

Administrative Contact

Griet Vanderperren (Ms.)

Participants (11)

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ELLINIKI EPITROPI ATOMIKIS ENERGEIAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 161 113

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 172 614

INSTITUT DE RADIOPROTECTION ET DE SURETE NUCLEAIRE

France

EU Contribution

€ 293 395

CENTRE HOSPITALIER UNIVERSITAIRE VAUDOIS

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 144 412

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 160 176

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 159 576

SLOVENSKA ZDRAVOTNICKA UNIVERZITA V BRATISLAVE

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 46 712

INSTYTUT MEDYCYNY PRACY IMIENIA PROF. DRA MED. JERZEGO NOFERA W LODZI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 51 930

BUNDESAMT FUER STRAHLENSCHUTZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 52 327

RADCARD SC*PAWEL BILSKI MACIEJ BUDZ ANOWSKI JOZEF DYBEL IRENA LIPENSKA PAWEL OLKO ELZBIETA RYBA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 119 184

MGP INSTRUMENTS SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 105 178

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 211361

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2008

  • End date

    31 January 2011

Funded under:

FP7-EURATOM-FISSION

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 445 285

  • EU contribution

    € 1 839 999

Coordinated by:

STUDIECENTRUM VOOR KERNENERGIE / CENTRE D'ETUDE DE L'ENERGIE NUCLEAIRE

Belgium