Reduction in radiation exposure to nursing personnel with the use of remote afterloading brachytherapy devices

Perry W. Grigsby, Carlos A. Perez, John Eichling, James Purdy, Eric Slessinger

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Abstract

The radiation exposure to nursing personnel from patients with brachytherapy implants on a large brachytherapy service were reviewed. Exposure to nurses, as determined by TLD monitors, indicates a 7-fold reduction in exposure after the implementation of the use of remote afterloading devices. Quarterly TLD monitor data for six quarters prior to the use of remote afterloading devices demonstrate an average projected annual dose equivalent to the nurses of 152 and 154 mrem (1.5 mSv). After the implementation of the remote afterloading devices, the quarterly TLD monitor data indicate an average dose equivalent per nurse of 23 and 19 mrem (0.2 mSv). This is an 87% reduction in exposure to nurses with the use of these devices (p < 0.01).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-629
Number of pages3
JournalInternational journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1991

Keywords

  • Brachytherapy
  • Nursing exposure
  • Protection
  • Radiation safety

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