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Title: AN EVALUATION OF THE SHIELDING EFFECTIVENESS OF LEAD APRONS USED IN CLINICS FOR PROTECTION AGAINST IONISING RADIATION FROM NOVEL RADIOISOTOPES.
Authors: Deb, Pradip;Jamison, Robert;Mong, Lisa;U, Paul
Affiliation: School of Medical Sciences, RMIT University, Bundoora West Campus, Victoria 3083, Australia pradip.deb@rmit.edu.au.
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne 8006, Australia.
Austin Hospital, Heidelberg, Victoria 3084, Australia.
Issue Date: 5-Apr-2015
Citation: Radiation Protection Dosimetry 2015; 165(1-4): 443-7
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of personal radiation shields currently worn in hospital and other diagnostic environments. This study was performed with four different radioisotopes;(18)F, (99m)Tc, (124)I and (131)I. (18)F results showed a decrease in dose with 0.5-mm Pb shielding but the reduction provided does not warrant its use clinically. (124)I testing demonstrated that dose enhancement can occur in greater shield thicknesses. PET isotope (124)I can be adequately shielded using 0.25-mm Pb equivalent aprons but any higher thickness increase the wearer's dose. As a result more shielding does not always equal more protection. The (131)I test showed that no dose reduction occurred, even when tested with up to 1.25-mm Pb equivalent shielding. Novel radioisotopes being used in the laboratory and clinic should be individually tested as each requires specific shielding testing.
Internal ID Number: 25848112
URI: http://ahro.austin.org.au/austinjspui/handle/1/12723
DOI: 10.1093/rpd/ncv065
URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25848112
Type: Journal Article
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