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Christian Kühnel, Thomas Winkens, Philipp Seifert, Robert Drescher, Martin Freesmeyer
To assess the radiation exposure of the investigator during navigated fusion of nuclear medicine images with ultrasound after application of I-124. Dosimetry with two different types of thermoluminescent detectors (TLD) was performed in 25 patients. The dose rate at the patient's neck was measured with a calibrated dose rate meter (DRM) and served as the standard of reference. The average exposure per investigation at the patient's neck measured by LiF:Mg,Cu,P TLDs (cumulative: 212 μSv), LiF:Mg,Ti TLDs (cumulative: 112 μSv) and DRM (cumulative: 150...
March 2, 2018: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Cedric Van Holsbeke, Jan De Backer, Wim Vos, Jonathan Marshall
BACKGROUND: Functional respiratory imaging (FRI) uses three-dimensional models of human lungs and computational fluid dynamics to simulate functional changes within airways and predict the deposition of inhaled drugs. This study used FRI to model the effects of different patient inhalation and drug formulation factors on lung deposition of an inhaled corticosteroid/long-acting β2 -agonist (ICS/LABA) combination, administered by a pressurized metered-dose inhaler. METHODS: Three-dimensional models of the lungs of six patients with asthma (mean forced expiratory volume in 1 s, 83%), treated with an ICS/LABA, were included...
January 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease
Peiman Haddad, Zhaleh Karimi-Moghaddam, Mahbod Esfahani, Mahdieh Afkhami, Farshid Farhan, Farnaz Amouzegar-Hashemi
PURPOSE: Radiation received by the testes in the course of radiotherapy for rectal cancer may cause oligospermia and azospermia. We sought to determine the dose to the scrotum and testes with thermoluminescence dosimetry (TLD), and compare it to the dose calculated by 3D planning software. METHODS: The TLDs were fixed to the scrotum in six points anteriorly and posteriorly in two fractions of radiotherapy. All patients received a 50-50.4 Gy total dose in prone position with 3D-planning...
January 2018: Physica Medica: PM
Alexandra Martin, J Ryan Stewart, Jeremy Gaskins, Erin Medlin
The Internet is a major source of health information for gynecologic cancer patients. In this study, we systematically explore common Google search terms related to gynecologic cancer and calculate readability of top resulting websites. We used Google AdWords Keyword Planner to generate a list of commonly searched keywords related to gynecologic oncology, which were sorted into five groups (cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, vulvar cancer, vaginal cancer) using five patient education websites from sgo...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
Phakphum Aramrun, Nicholas A Beresford, Michael D Wood
Dosimeters attached to wild animals can be used to validate regulatory assessment approaches and models for estimating radiation exposure of wild animals. Such measurements are also necessary to ensure that robust dose-effect relationships can be developed from the results of field research programmes. This paper presents the first comprehensive evaluation of the different dosimetry technologies available for specifically measuring the external exposure of wildlife. Guidance is provided on the selection of appropriate passive dosimetry approaches for directly measuring external exposure of terrestrial wildlife under field conditions...
February 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Ž Kneževic, I Ambrozova, C Domingo, M De Saint-Hubert, M Majer, I Martínez-Rovira, S Miljanic, N Mojzeszek, P Porwol, O Ploc, M Romero-Expósito, L Stolarczyk, S Trinkl, R M Harrison, P Olko
Proton beam therapy has advantages in comparison to conventional photon radiotherapy due to the physical properties of proton beams (e.g. sharp distal fall off, adjustable range and modulation). In proton therapy, there is the possibility of sparing healthy tissue close to the target volume. This is especially important when tumours are located next to critical organs and while treating cancer in paediatric patients. On the other hand, the interactions of protons with matter result in the production of secondary radiation, mostly neutrons and gamma radiation, which deposit their energy at a distance from the target...
November 18, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Yannick Poirier, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jose Eduardo Villarreal-Barajas
PURPOSE: To investigate empirically the energy dependence of the detector response of two in-vivo luminescence detectors, LiF:Mg,Cu,P (MCP-N) high-sensitivity TLDs and Al2 O3 :C OSLDs, in the 40-300-kVp energy range in the context of in-vivo surface dose measurement. As these detectors become more prevalent in clinical and pre-clinical in-vivo measurements, knowledge of the variation of the empirical dependence of the measured response of these detectors across a wide spectrum of beam qualities is important...
November 22, 2017: Medical Physics
Andrew Forrest McWhan, Wioletta Dobrzynska
The reduction of the dose limit for eye lens from 150 to 20 mSv year-1 must be implemented by EU member states by February 2018. Consequently, there is a requirement for all employers engaged with work with ionising radiation to have appropriate monitoring arrangements in place by this date to demonstrate that they can meet this new limit for all workers. Eye lens dose is conventionally monitored by specific dosemeters worn near the eye. However, it is usually impractical for these dosemeters to be worn at all times in the workplace which can lead to problems accounting for any periods of work when an eye lens dosemeter has not been worn...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
Rajesh Pidikiti, Bijal C Patel, Matthew R Maynard, Joseph P Dugas, Joseph Syh, Narayan Sahoo, Hsinshun Terry Wu, Lane R Rosen
This paper summarizes clinical commissioning of the world's first commercial, clinically utilized installation of a compact, image-guided, pencil-beam scanning, intensity-modulated proton therapy system, the IBA Proteus(®) ONE, at the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center (WKCC) in Shreveport, LA. The Proteus(®) ONE is a single-room, compact-gantry system employing a cyclotron-generated proton beam with image guidance via cone-beam CT as well as stereoscopic orthogonal and oblique planar kV imaging. Coupling 220° of gantry rotation with a 6D robotic couch capable of in plane patient rotations of over 180° degrees allows for 360° of treatment access...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Agapi Ploussi, Ioannis Stathopoulos, Vasileios Syrgiamiotis, Triantafillia Makri, Christiana Hatzigiorgi, Kalliopi Platoni, Eleftheria Carinou, Efstathios P Efstathopoulos
Pediatric brain computed tomography (CT) is identified as the most frequent CT examination in children. The aim of the study is the direct measurement of skin, eye lens and thyroid dose in pediatric patients during brain CT examinations. The study included 35 pediatric patients who underwent brain CT examinations. The patients were categorized in three age groups: Group A (age range: 0.8-1 years), Group B (age range: 2.0-4.9 years) and Group C (age range: 5.5-15.5 years). thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLDs) were placed on the eyes, the frontal region of the head, the mastoid apophysis and the thyroid gland...
November 13, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Wladyslaw Pohorecki, Barbara Obryk
The results of nuclear heating measured by means of thermoluminescent dosemeters (TLD-LiF) in a Cu block irradiated by 14 MeV neutrons are presented. The integral Cu experiment relevant for verification of copper nuclear data at neutron energies characteristic for fusion facilities was performed in the ENEA FNG Laboratory at Frascati. Five types of TLDs were used: highly photon sensitive LiF:Mg,Cu,P (MCP-N), 7LiF:Mg,Cu,P (MCP-7) and standard, lower sensitivity LiF:Mg,Ti (MTS-N), 7LiF:Mg,Ti (MTS-7) and 6LiF:Mg,Ti (MTS-6)...
September 29, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Hung-Chih Lin, Te-Jen Lai, Hsien-Chun Tseng, Cheng-Hsun Lin, Yen-Ling Tseng, Chien-Yi Chen
PURPOSE: The effective dose (HE) and organ or tissue equivalent dose (HT) of a Rando phantom undergoing two brain computed tomography (CT) examination protocols were evaluated using thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD-100H) and dose length product (DLP) methods. MATERIALS AND METHODS: TLDs were inserted into the correlated positions of an organ or tissue of Rando phantom, such as thyroid, brain, and salivary gland, using (A) axial scan: scanning the maxillae ranging from external auditory meatus to the parietal bone, and (B) helical scan: scanning from the mandible to the parietal bone...
September 22, 2017: Computer Assisted Surgery (Abingdon, England)
Shih-Ming Hsu, Yuan-Chun Lai, Chien-Chung Jeng, Chia-Ying Tseng
BACKGROUND: The modalities for performing stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) on the brain include the cone-based linear accelerator (linac), the flattening filter-free (FFF) volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) linac, and tomotherapy. In this study, the cone-based linac, FFF-VMAT linac, and tomotherapy modalities were evaluated by measuring the differences in doses delivered during brain SRT and experimentally assessing the accuracy of the output radiation doses through clinical measurements...
September 16, 2017: Radiation Oncology
Nan Zhao, Ruijie Yang, Li Ren, Yi Fan, Junli Li, Jianguo Zhang
PURPOSE: To investigate the dosimetric characteristics of the new GMS BT-125-1 (125) I radioactive seed, including dose rate constant, radial dose functions, and anisotropy functions. METHODS: Dosimetric parameters of GMS BT-125-1 (125) I seed including dose rate constant, radial dose functions, and anisotropy functions were calculated using the Monte Carlo code of MCNP5, and measured with thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLDs). The results were compared with those of PharmaSeed BT-125-1, PharmaSeed BT-125-2 (125) I, and model 6711 (125) I seeds...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
S M Hosseini Pooya, M R Dashtipour, R Paydar, F Mianji, B Pourshahab
Among the various incidents in industrial radiography, inadvertent handling of sources by hands is one of the most frequent incidents in which some parts of the hands may be locally exposed to high doses. An accurate assessment of extremity dose assists medical doctors in selecting appropriate treatments, preventing the injury expansion in the region. In this study, a phantom was designed to simulate a fisted hand of a radiographer when the worker holds a radioactive source in their hands. The local doses were measured using implanted TLDs in the phantom at different distances from a source...
September 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Abhijit Mandal, Chhape Ram, Ankur Mourya, Navin Singh
AIM OF STUDY: To establish trends of estimation error of dose calculation by anisotropic analytical algorithm (AAA) with respect to dose measured by thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLDs) in air-water heterogeneity for small field size photon. MATERIALS AND METHODS: TLDs were irradiated along the central axis of the photon beam in four different solid water phantom geometries using three small field size single beams. The depth dose profiles were estimated using AAA calculation model for each field sizes...
July 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
Pascal Hauri, Uwe Schneider
PURPOSE: Long-term survivors of cancer who were treated with radiotherapy are at risk of a radiation-induced tumor. Hence, it is important to model the out-of-field dose resulting from a cancer treatment. These models have to be verified with measurements, due to the small size, the high sensitivity to ionizing radiation and the tissue-equivalent composition, LiF thermoluminescence dosimeters (TLD) are well-suited for out-of-field dose measurements. However, the photon energy variation of the stray dose leads to systematic dose errors caused by the variation in response with radiation energy of the TLDs...
August 11, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Medizinische Physik
E Zoros, A Moutsatsos, E P Pappas, E Georgiou, G Kollias, P Karaiskos, E Pantelis
Detector-, field size- and machine-specific correction factors are required for precise dosimetry measurements in small and non-standard photon fields. In this work, Monte Carlo (MC) simulation techniques were used to calculate the [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] correction factors for a series of ionization chambers, a synthetic microDiamond and diode dosimeters, used for reference and/or output factor (OF) measurements in the Gamma Knife Perfexion photon fields. Calculations were performed for the solid water (SW) and ABS plastic phantoms, as well as for a water phantom of the same geometry...
September 5, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Reine De Bock, Nele Van Den Noortgate, Ruth Piers
BACKGROUND: Timely identification of patients in need of palliative care is especially challenging in a geriatric population because of prognostic uncertainty. The Supportive and Palliative Care Indicators Tool (SPICT™) aims at facilitating this identification, yet has not been validated in a geriatric population. OBJECTIVE: This study validates the SPICT in a geriatric patient population admitted to the hospital. DESIGN: This is a retrospective cohort study...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
J B Robinson, R M Ali, A K Tootell, P Hogg
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of collimation on the lifetime attributable risk (LAR) of cancer incidence in all body organs (effective risk) in patients undergoing antero-posterior (AP) examinations of the spine. This is of particular importance for patients suffering from scoliosis as in their case regular repeat examinations are required and also because such patients are usually young and more susceptible to the effects of ionising radiation than are older patients...
August 2017: Radiography
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