Ionizing radiation measurement solution in a hospital environment
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AuthorGarcía Sánchez, Antonio Javier; García Angosto, Enrique Ángel; Moreno Riquelme, Pedro Antonio; Serna Berna, Alfredo; Ramos Amores, David
Knowledge AreaIngeniería Telemática
SponsorsThis research has been supported by the project AIM, ref. TEC2016-76465-C2-1-R (AEI/FEDER, UE). This work is dedicated to the memory of Felipe Garcia-Sanchez.
Bibliographic CitationGarcia-Sanchez, A.-J.; Garcia Angosto, E.A.; Moreno Riquelme, P.A.; Serna Berna, A.; Ramos-Amores, D. Ionizing Radiation Measurement Solution in a Hospital Environment. Sensors 2018, 18, 510.
Healthcare workers safety
Ionizing radiation is one of the main risks affecting healthcare workers and patients worldwide. Special attention has to be paid to medical staff in the vicinity of radiological equipment or patients undergoing radioisotope procedures. To measure radiation values, traditional area meters are strategically placed in hospitals and personal dosimeters are worn by workers. However, important drawbacks inherent to these systems in terms of cost, detection precision, real time data processing, flexibility, and so on, have been detected and carefully detailed. To overcome these inconveniences, a low cost, open-source, portable radiation measurement system is proposed. The goal is to deploy devices integrating a commercial Geiger-Muller (GM) detector to capture radiation doses in real time and to wirelessly dispatch them to a remote database where the radiation values are stored. Medical staff will be able to check the accumulated doses first hand, as well as other statistics related to radiation ...
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