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Vol 21, No 1 (2018)
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Published online: 2018-01-08
Submitted: 2017-09-14
Accepted: 2018-01-03
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Calibration factor fluctuation for radiological protection instruments used in Nuclear Medicine Departments — experience from CLOR

Kamil Szewczak, Iwona Słonecka, Katarzyna Wołoszczuk, Zuzanna Podgórska, Łukasz Modzelewski
DOI: 10.5603/NMR.a2018.0009
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Pubmed: 29319138
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Nucl. Med. Rev 2018;21(1):37-41.

open access

Vol 21, No 1 (2018)
Original articles
Published online: 2018-01-08
Submitted: 2017-09-14
Accepted: 2018-01-03

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The calibration of the dosimetric instruments is a basis of safety of the people working with the ionization radiation. The necessity of calibration is especially important in the institutions where the open radioactive sources are used. The paper presents the abilities of CLOR’s radiological protection instruments calibration facility and the important conclusions from calibrations results for group of instruments used in Nuclear Medicine Department in Poland.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

The results for five types of instruments dedicated for dose rate as well as for contamination measurements were presented. Analyzes were based on the results presented at calibration certificated of chosen instruments.

RESULTS

It has been shown that the calibration factor might fluctuate by 50% in period of one year for particular instrument as well as for more than 100% for two instruments of the same type.

CONCLUSIONS

The presented results prove the importance of the calibration process and it is evidence that the calibration process of the radiation protection instruments should be performed periodically for the test of dose rate measurements as well as for contamination measurements abilities.

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The calibration of the dosimetric instruments is a basis of safety of the people working with the ionization radiation. The necessity of calibration is especially important in the institutions where the open radioactive sources are used. The paper presents the abilities of CLOR’s radiological protection instruments calibration facility and the important conclusions from calibrations results for group of instruments used in Nuclear Medicine Department in Poland.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

The results for five types of instruments dedicated for dose rate as well as for contamination measurements were presented. Analyzes were based on the results presented at calibration certificated of chosen instruments.

RESULTS

It has been shown that the calibration factor might fluctuate by 50% in period of one year for particular instrument as well as for more than 100% for two instruments of the same type.

CONCLUSIONS

The presented results prove the importance of the calibration process and it is evidence that the calibration process of the radiation protection instruments should be performed periodically for the test of dose rate measurements as well as for contamination measurements abilities.

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Keywords

calibration factor, nuclear medicine, radiological protection instruments

About this article
Title

Calibration factor fluctuation for radiological protection instruments used in Nuclear Medicine Departments — experience from CLOR

Journal

Nuclear Medicine Review

Issue

Vol 21, No 1 (2018)

Pages

37-41

Published online

2018-01-08

DOI

10.5603/NMR.a2018.0009

Pubmed

29319138

Bibliographic record

Nucl. Med. Rev 2018;21(1):37-41.

Keywords

calibration factor
nuclear medicine
radiological protection instruments

Authors

Kamil Szewczak
Iwona Słonecka
Katarzyna Wołoszczuk
Zuzanna Podgórska
Łukasz Modzelewski

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