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Ionizing Radiation Measurement Solution in a Hospital Environment

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Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT), Campus Muralla del Mar, E-30202 Cartagena, Spain
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Services, General Electric Healthcare España S.L.U., 28023 Madrid, Spain
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Department of Radiophysics, Hospital General Universitario Santa Lucía, C/Mezquita, s/n, Paraje Los Arcos, E-30202 Cartagena, Spain
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Sensors 2018, 18(2), 510; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18020510
Received: 26 December 2017 / Revised: 2 February 2018 / Accepted: 4 February 2018 / Published: 8 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue State-of-the-Art Sensors Technology in Spain 2017)
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 by means of a smartphone application. Finally, the device is certified by an accredited calibration center, to later validate the entire system in a hospital environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: gamma radiation; healthcare workers safety; dosimetry solution; verification; evaluation gamma radiation; healthcare workers safety; dosimetry solution; verification; evaluation
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Garcia-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. https://doi.org/10.3390/s18020510

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Garcia-Sanchez A-J, Garcia Angosto EA, Moreno Riquelme PA, Serna Berna A, Ramos-Amores D. Ionizing Radiation Measurement Solution in a Hospital Environment. Sensors. 2018; 18(2):510. https://doi.org/10.3390/s18020510

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Garcia-Sanchez, Antonio-Javier, Enrique A. Garcia Angosto, Pedro A. Moreno Riquelme, Alfredo Serna Berna, and David Ramos-Amores. 2018. "Ionizing Radiation Measurement Solution in a Hospital Environment" Sensors 18, no. 2: 510. https://doi.org/10.3390/s18020510

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