Dose reconstruction of a Brazilian industrial gamma radiography partial-body overexposure case.
Journal - Journal of radiological protection : official journal of the Society for Radiological Protection (England )
In May 2000, an operator of a (60)Co industrial gamma radiography apparatus, during a routine service, was involved in a partial-body radiological accident, which caused serious injuries to his left hand. Dose reconstruction was started aiming to assess the radiation doses, in order to assist the medical staff in the evaluation and prescription of suitable medical procedures for the patient's treatment and follow-up. This work presents the dose reconstruction used for assessment of the distribution of doses on the patient's left hand, which was made using two methods: physical and computational techniques. For the first technique a physical hand simulator was built. The computational method was performed using microcomputer software for external dose calculations, named 'Visual Monte-Carlo-VMC', together with a hand voxel simulator. The values obtained through both methods for the distribution of absorbed doses on the operator's left hand were compared. About half of them were similar within a range of uncertainty of 20%.
|ISSN : ||0952-4746|
|Mesh Heading : ||Adult Brazil Cobalt Radioisotopes Hand Humans Male Monte Carlo Method Occupational Exposure Radiation Dosage Radiometry|
|Mesh Heading Relevant : ||Radioactive Hazard Release adverse effects radiation effects adverse effects methods|