Personal dosimetry using Monte-Carlo simulations for occupational dose monitoring in interventional radiology: the results of a proof of concept in a clinical setting

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  • Lund University
  • Swedish Radiation Safety Authority
  • UPC - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • St. James's Hospital
  • Institut de Tècniques Energetiques - Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering (CREB) - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

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Exposure levels to staff in interventional radiology (IR) may be significant and appropriate assessment of radiation doses is needed. Issues regarding measurements using physical dosemeters in the clinical environment still exist. The objective of this work was to explore the prerequisites for assessing staff radiation dose, based on simulations only. Personal dose equivalent, Hp(10), was assessed using simulations based on Monte Carlo methods. The position of the operator was defined using a 3D motion tracking system. X-ray system exposure parameters were extracted from the x-ray equipment. The methodology was investigated and the simulations compared to measurements during IR procedures. The results indicate that the differences between simulated and measured staff radiation doses, in terms of the personal dose equivalent quantity Hp(10), are in the order of 30–70 %. The results are promising but some issues remain to be solved, e.g. an automated tracking of movable parts such as the ceiling-mounted protection shield.


Original languageEnglish
Article numberncab045
Pages (from-to)391-398
Number of pages8
JournalRadioation Protection Dosimitry
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2021


  • Interventional radiology, Measurement, Monte Carlo methods

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