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ORAMED – Optimization of RAdiation protection for MEDical Staff

ORAMED, Optimization of RAdiation protection for MEDical staff was a collaborative project funded in 2008 within the 7th EU Framework Programme, Euratom Programme for Nuclear Research and training. A consortium of 12 partners from 9 European countries, including research institutes, metrology laboratories, regulator bodies, hospitals and manufacturers, was in charge of the development of the Project, with the collaboration of several hospitals and professional organizations.

ORAMED aimed at the development of methodologies for better assessing and reducing exposures to medical staff for procedures resulting in potentially large doses or complex radiation fields, such as interventional radiology, nuclear medicine and new developments. The project’s general objective was to improve and to consolidate not only research in this area but also to foster technological transfer and to ensure a good dissemination of the findings to the interested parties.

The first objective was to obtain extensive extremity dose data for staff in IR, with special attention to eye lens doses and the analysis of the radiation protection measures. Hp(3) was mentioned as the operational quantity to control the dose limits, but at the present time there is no suitable dosimeter for eye lens dosimetry, nor is there a specific phantom available. The second objective of the project was to develop a formalism to measure eye lens doses and to design a prototype eye lens dosemeter. IR staff belongs to a specific working group which could benefit from a real time accurate dose assessment. Therefore, the third objective was to study the behaviour of commercial active personal dosemeters under real conditions and to design a prototype that could solve the present problems. In NM the doses to the different parts of the hands were systematically mapped, with special attention to unsealed therapy sources, aiming to estimate the real dose load of NM workers and to describe appropriate protection measures.

Project manager: Joanna Domienik, PhD: Joanna.Domienik@imp.lodz.pl

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