Evaluate Shielding Design of the Brachytherapy Unit by Using Monte Carlo Simulation Code


Shielding design is necessary for brachytherapy treatment room in order to protect the general public and employees. The main objective of this study was to investigate whether the protective unit of our Brachytherapy Centre provided adequate protection to the health and safety assessment of radiobiological impact. In this study, we estimated the effect of radiobiological protection from a single Ir-192 brachytherapy source in Brachytherapy center by using MCNP5 Monte Carlo measurements. The room was based on the design specifications for the HDR 192 Ir treatment was modeled. The estimated dose rate range for HDR 192 Ir and public buildings is (0.45 - 0.64): (micro sivert) μSv/hour. Dose rates measured data for the current setup Brachytherapy HDR unit was approved and agreed quiet well with recommendation of International Atomic Energy Agency. The measured dose rate for public areas and controlled areas, compared with the reference value of 7.5 μSv/h and 0.5 μSv/h and concluded that we have enough shielding to the source but an over estimate with experimental measurements had been seen.

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Jaberi, R. , Hadi Gholami, M. , Sedighi Pashaki, A. and Khoshghadam, A. (2015) Evaluate Shielding Design of the Brachytherapy Unit by Using Monte Carlo Simulation Code. Journal of Modern Physics, 6, 902-911. doi: 10.4236/jmp.2015.67094.

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