An investigation of the dose equivalent to radiographers from a high-energy neutron therapy facility.

Abstract

The external radiation hazard to radiographers from the use of high-energy neutrons in radiotherapy has been investigated. The contributions from neutron-induced activity in the therapy gantry, the treatment room, the patient and ancillary equipment have been analysed as has the whole-body dose equivalent to radiographers. It was found that there are significant levels of gamma radiation throughout the treatment room, which increase both in the vicinity of the walls in line with the beam axis and in close proximity to the neutron therapy gantry. The mean dose equivalent to radiographers per field treated was found to be 5.1 +/- 1.8 microSv. The dose per field also varied considerably with the particular site being treated but it was found that the dose equivalent per field per minute of set-up time was approximately constant. It was also found that the dose per field increased with the number of patients treated per day commensurate with a build-up of induced activity. The studies also showed that the dose equivalent to radiography staff was comparable to that at other high-energy neutron facilities but significantly greater than that recorded at facilities with low-energy beams.

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@article{Finch1992AnIO, title={An investigation of the dose equivalent to radiographers from a high-energy neutron therapy facility.}, author={Jenny Finch and Dave Bonnett}, journal={The British journal of radiology}, year={1992}, volume={65 772}, pages={327-33} }