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  1. Volume computed tomography air kerma index and image quality evaluation in Brazil

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the image quality of 29 computed tomography (CT) scanners in Brazil and to perform estimations of patient dose and image quality of common CT examinations at these equipment. The volume CT air kerma indexes (C VOL) were estimated, using normalised weighted air kerma indexes, supplied by the ImPACT group. The image quality tests were performed using the phantom and accreditation protocol from the American College of Radiology (ACR). The C VOL values for head scans varied between 8.7 and 108 mGy. The Hi-res chest examinations presented C VOL values varying from 0.4 to 32 mGy. For abdominal scans, the estimated C VOL values varied between 4.1 and 94 mGy. This wide variation of air kerma between different centres is related to the scanner type and also to the scanning parameters. The results also showed that the image quality did not attend all ACR CT accreditation requirements. (authors)

  2. Image quality and volume computed tomography air kerma index (Cvol) evaluation in Recife

    The Computed Tomography (CT) is an important diagnostic imaging method, widely used. However, in spite of all the advantages and technologic advances within the CT scanners, the tomographic procedures result in high absorbed doses to patients. The main objective of this work was to perform a dosimetric study of CT scanners located at Recife and to evaluate the image quality on CT examinations in these equipment. The volume CT air kerma index (CVOL) and air kerma length product (PKL,CT) were estimated. These values were calculated using normalized weighted air kerma indexes in CT standard dosimetry phantoms (nCW), supplied by ImPACT group for several CT scanners, and the scan parameters of routine head, routine chest and hi-resolution chest CT exams performed at 20 institutions. The irradiation parameters of 15 adult patients for each CT procedure were registered at six participating centres, at which the phantom from the American College of Radiology (ACR) CT accreditation protocol was used for the image quality measurements. For routine head exams, the CVOL values varied between 12 and 58 mGy (at the posterior fossa) and 15 to 58 mGy (at the cerebrum) and the PKL,CT, from 150 to 750 mGy·cm. The CVOL values for routine chest procedures varied from 3 to 26 mGy and the PKL,CT, between 120 and 460 mGy·cm. In relation to Hi-resolution chest exams, CVOL values were from 1.0 to 2.7 mGy and the PKL,CT values varied between 24 and 67 mGy·cm. The image quality evaluations results showed that almost all scanners presented at least one inadequacy. One of the equipment presented faults at 70% of the tests. With regard to the image noise, only two scanners presented acceptable results. From these results, it is possible to conclude that the volume CT air kerma index values are lower than the European reference levels. However, the image quality of these CT scanners does not attend the ACR requirements, suggesting the need to implement quality assurance programs at the evaluated institutions. (author)

  3. Image quality and volume computed tomography air kerma index (C{sub vol}) evaluation in Recife; Avaliacao da qualidade de imagem e do indice volumetrico de Kerma ar em tomografia computadorizada (C{sub vol}) em Recife

    Andrade, Marcos Ely Almeida

    2008-07-01

    The Computed Tomography (CT) is an important diagnostic imaging method, widely used. However, in spite of all the advantages and technologic advances within the CT scanners, the tomographic procedures result in high absorbed doses to patients. The main objective of this work was to perform a dosimetric study of CT scanners located at Recife and to evaluate the image quality on CT examinations in these equipment. The volume CT air kerma index (C{sub VOL}) and air kerma length product (P{sub KL,CT}) were estimated. These values were calculated using normalized weighted air kerma indexes in CT standard dosimetry phantoms ({sub n}C{sub W}), supplied by ImPACT group for several CT scanners, and the scan parameters of routine head, routine chest and hi-resolution chest CT exams performed at 20 institutions. The irradiation parameters of 15 adult patients for each CT procedure were registered at six participating centres, at which the phantom from the American College of Radiology (ACR) CT accreditation protocol was used for the image quality measurements. For routine head exams, the C{sub VOL} values varied between 12 and 58 mGy (at the posterior fossa) and 15 to 58 mGy (at the cerebrum) and the P{sub KL,CT}, from 150 to 750 mGy{center_dot}cm. The C{sub VOL} values for routine chest procedures varied from 3 to 26 mGy and the P{sub KL,CT}, between 120 and 460 mGy{center_dot}cm. In relation to Hi-resolution chest exams, C{sub VOL} values were from 1.0 to 2.7 mGy and the P{sub KL,CT} values varied between 24 and 67 mGy{center_dot}cm. The image quality evaluations results showed that almost all scanners presented at least one inadequacy. One of the equipment presented faults at 70% of the tests. With regard to the image noise, only two scanners presented acceptable results. From these results, it is possible to conclude that the volume CT air kerma index values are lower than the European reference levels. However, the image quality of these CT scanners does not attend the ACR requirements, suggesting the need to implement quality assurance programs at the evaluated institutions. (author)

  4. Development of a phantom and a methodology for evaluation of depth kerma and kerma index for dental cone beam computed tomography

    Basically, all modalities of diagnostic radiology require phantoms suitable for dosimetric evaluations. New technologies frequently arise unaccompanied of tools for dosimetric evaluations and quality control. In this study, a low-cost phantom and a consequent proposed methodology for dosimetric evaluations in cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) were presented. The developed phantom has typical dimensions of the human face, was built in polymethyl methacrylate and filled with water. Three devices with different technological concepts were evaluated and a proposed index, kerma index-height product (PKIH), was defined as an option to the use of air kerma-area product. The results of this study show relatively uniform kerma profiles for scanners with field of views (FOVs) of large diameters and non-uniform for FOVs of small diameters. With regard to the values obtained for the kerma indexes, much higher values were found for the equipment FOVs with small diameter compared with the values of the two other equipment that have larger diameters. The results indicate that (1) there is a need for special phantoms for use in CBCT, (2) the use of PKA in the evaluation of protocols on different equipment can lead to false interpretations and (3) the new index is a suitable alternative for the use of PKA in CBCT. (authors)

  5. Recent developments and current status of air kerma standards

    Primary Standard Dosimetry Laboratories (PSDL) usually maintain air kerma standards for kilovoltage x-rays (10 kV to 300 kV) and for 137Cs- and 60Co-γ radiation. Free-air ionisation chambers (FAC) and cavity ionisation chambers are used as primary air kerma standards for kilovoltage x-rays and for 137Cs- and 60Co-γ radiation, respectively. The majority of the National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) signed the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) of national measurement standards and of calibration and measurement certificates issued by NMIs. The MRA has been available for signature since 14th October 1999. According to the MRA, the signatories participate in CIPM key comparisons executed by the Consultative Committees or the BIPM, leading to a key comparison reference value. The degree of equivalence of a national measurement standard is expressed quantitatively in terms of its deviation from the key comparison reference value and the uncertainty of this deviation. For air kerma standards the Consultative Committee for Ionising Radiation (CCRI(I)) currently maintains three types of key comparisons and a so-called supplementary comparison. The air kerma key comparisons are organised bilaterally and are carried out between the air kerma standards of the BIPM and the participating NMIs. The radiations used are low-energy (10 kV to 50 kV) and medium energy (100 kV to 250 kV) x-ray beams and 137Cs- and 60Co-γ radiation. To be entitled to enter the key comparison database with respect to air kerma an NMI has to participate in a key comparison within a time period of 10 years. In keeping with the longstanding method of presenting the data, the CCRI(I) took the decision at its meeting in 1999 to use the BIPM determination of air kerma rate as the key comparison reference value. For this reason the BIPM air kerma standards are of special importance. Due to the fact that the air kerma key comparisons have been conducted on an ongoing basis since 1966 for low-energy x-rays and since 1975 for medium-energy x-rays and 60Co-γ radiation the results represent an invaluable database which can be regarded as an indicator of the status of the air kerma standards operated worldwide. Consequently, this database and the reports of the NMIs to the CCRI(I) meetings which take place periodically every two years were used for the current status report as an essential source of information. Because different techniques are used to measure the air kerma rate of kilovoltage x-rays and 137Cs- and 60Co-γ radiation this status report is divided in this two parts. Undoubtedly, the most important new development was the re-evaluation of several correction factors required for cavity ionization chamber standards. However, there were also interesting developments using Monte Carlo techniques and spectrometry for the determination of x-ray quality dependent correction factors of FACs

  6. Kerma determination in air on mamma by thermoluminescence

    In this work the experimental results of the entrance exposition are shown and Kerma in air [mGy] in mamma obtained by irradiation of accreditation phantom of American College of Radiology (ACR). The irradiations were realized in a conventional mammography equipment of Hospital Juarez in Mexico; the technique used during the irradiations was of automatic exposition; the thickness for the phantom ACR obtained by the technique were of 4.2 and 4.5 cm; the kilo voltage pick was of 24 kVp, the time and the milli amperage per second variable. The measuring of Kerma in air was obtained with thermoluminescent dosemeters of solid state, of nano particles of zirconium dioxide prepared by the precipitation method. The dosemeters were homogenized previously in low energies of X-rays that are those used for mammography. The thermoluminescent dosemeters of ZrO2 were calibrated by means of an ionization chamber for different expositions. The calibration curve is reported for the exposition and Kerma in air against thermoluminescent intensity obtained by reading of thermoluminescent dosemeters of ZrO2, as well as the technique employee for the Kerma determination in air and entrance exposition in mamma. (Author)

  7. Kerma determination in air on mamma by thermoluminescence; Determinacion de Kerma en aire en mama por termoluminiscencia

    Palacios P, L. L.; Rivera M, T. [IPN, Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Av. Legaria 694, 11500 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)], e-mail: lpalaciop@ipn.mx

    2009-10-15

    In this work the experimental results of the entrance exposition are shown and Kerma in air [mGy] in mamma obtained by irradiation of accreditation phantom of American College of Radiology (ACR). The irradiations were realized in a conventional mammography equipment of Hospital Juarez in Mexico; the technique used during the irradiations was of automatic exposition; the thickness for the phantom ACR obtained by the technique were of 4.2 and 4.5 cm; the kilo voltage pick was of 24 kV{sub p}, the time and the milli amperage per second variable. The measuring of Kerma in air was obtained with thermoluminescent dosemeters of solid state, of nano particles of zirconium dioxide prepared by the precipitation method. The dosemeters were homogenized previously in low energies of X-rays that are those used for mammography. The thermoluminescent dosemeters of ZrO{sub 2} were calibrated by means of an ionization chamber for different expositions. The calibration curve is reported for the exposition and Kerma in air against thermoluminescent intensity obtained by reading of thermoluminescent dosemeters of ZrO{sub 2}, as well as the technique employee for the Kerma determination in air and entrance exposition in mamma. (Author)

  8. Air kerma rates measurement in an interventional cardiology suite

    In Interventional Cardiology (IC), the assessment of the radiation that the physicians are exposed to is extremely important because the irradiation is not uniform and the received doses are substantially high. During the procedure, the radiation control is complex and there are several reasons for the high exposure levels. It is necessary to perform dosimetric assessments in different parts of the physicians' body and in different specific points of the examination room. By analyzing this information it is possible to determine the probable causes and to provide recommendations, aiming at optimizing the radiological protection. This work had the following objectives: to assess the exposition levels at representative points of critical anatomical regions of the physicians' body who perform IC examinations; to provide means to implement personal monitoring procedures; and to make them aware of the radiation risks. Measurements of air kerma rates were performed in 45 points around the examination table, along the room. Such measurements were made in the conditions frequently used in coronary angiography and coronary angioplasties procedures: adult patient phantom; RAO, LAO and AP incidences; fluoro and digital modes; 13cm and 17cm magnification modes; frequencies of 30f/s (fluoro) and 15 f/s (digital); typical field size used during examinations. Data were obtained at the lenses, chest, hands, gonads and knees levels. For AP incidence, the lowest contributions for scattered radiation and a more homogeneous distribution of radiation were observed. The highest air kerma rates were obtained during digital acquisition mode and for LAO incidence on interventional radiologists, anaesthesists and nurses. The most critical anatomical regions were the knees and gonads. Air kerma rates of about 7,8mGy/h were registered in some places. At physicians' hands position, rates of about 5mGy/h were reached. In several points and levels measured (workload ∼ 6 examinations/day), this air kerma rates would produce a higher dose than the annual limits. This work shows the need to implement additional protection devices; to elaborate safety guidelines; to train staff on radiological protection, and to implement the use of additional dosemeters attached to critical points. (author)

  9. Comparison of air kerma measurements in mammography using thermoluminescent dosimeters

    A co-ordinated research project, Image Quality and Patient Dose Optimization in Mammography in Eastern European Countries, was conducted by the IAEA, which aimed at defining a methodology for the implementation of a quality assurance programme in mammography and at exercising the assessment of image quality and patient doses in a sample of hospitals in eastern European countries.A comparison of dosimetry systems has been organized to ensure that dose measurements carried out within the framework of the project are comparable. Selected mammography units from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain participated in the exercise. The thermoluminescence method was selected for the comparison. The dosimeters were irradiated free in air to values of air kerma in the range of 5 mGy to 9 mGy and mailed to the participants for evaluation. Deviations of measured values from the true values of less than 10% were considered a measure of good dosimetry performance. The results of the comparison showed that about 70% of reported values of air kerma were outside the 10% acceptance limit. Two follow-up exercises were organized. The first follow-up resulted in only 20% of reported values exceeding the limit, and during the second follow-up all results were within the acceptance limit

  10. Status of air kerma and absorbed dose standards in India

    Full text: The Radiation Safety Systems Division of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, India maintains Primary and Secondary Standards of various parameters of radiation measurements and provides calibration services to various users of radiation in the country. This is an apex laboratory in India and plays a pivotal role in ensuring accurate radiological measurements. The laboratory coordinates national intercomparisons of radiation measurements to maintain their uniformity and traceability and is linked through various programmes with the other International organizations such as Bureau Internationale des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) Paris, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Vienna, Asia Pacific Metrology Programme (APMP) Taiwan. It is the recognized Regional Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratory (SSDL) of IAEA/WHO (World Health Organisation). This paper brings out the status of various primary and secondary standards for radiological measurements maintained at BARC. 1. Primary Exposure/Air-kerma standard at Co-60 energy (therapy level): The primary standard for exposure/ air-kerma measurements maintained at BARC is a graphite cavity chamber of volume 4.362 cc with an internal diameter of 1.8 cm, internal height of 1.78 cm and wall thickness of 704.3mg/cm2. Correction factors for the difference between electron stopping powers, photon mass energy absorption coefficients of air and graphite wall, correction for recombination, radiation field non-uniformity, stem scatter and polarity effect are applied and the maximum overall uncertainty in the realisation of exposure/air-kerma is around ±1%. This standard has been intercompared with IAEA and BIPM through transfer standard and the agreement in the results are better than ±1%. An intercomparison under the APMP programme is to be held during May, 2002. 2. Primary Exposure/Air-kerma standard at protection and brachytherapy level: A set of three spherical graphite-walled cavity chambers of different air-volumes are maintained as primary standards for protection level and brachytherapy measurements of Ir-192, Cs-137 and Co-60 sources. These chambers are made of high purity reactor-grade graphite of density 1700 kg/m3. The three chambers have different wall thickness, the external diameters of all the chambers being equal. A reference standard in the form of a re-entrant chamber developed at BARC, calibrated against this primary standard was intercompared with a reference standard from M.D Anderson Centre, Houston, U.S.A and the results showed a good agreement. Recently one of the chambers was used for the Cs-137 intercomparison with IAEA and showed an agreement of better than ± 1%. 3. Primary Standard for X-rays - the free air chamber (FAC): This facility is utilized in conjunction with a Philips RT-250 X-ray machine for calibrating secondary standard dosemeters at different X-ray qualities in the 75 to 250 kV range. The total uncertainty in the realization of air kerma is around ±1% using the free air chamber. Accuracy of calibration of the secondary standards is estimated to be better than ±2%. The FAC has been intercompared via transferable transfer standards with FACs at BIPM (1971), BNM (France) RCL (Canada) and Kriss (Korea), which showed good agreement within ±1% after necessary correction for the spectral differences in X-ray beams. BARC is just now taking part in intercomparisons of X-ray air kerma calibration factors organised by Institute of Nuclear Energy Research (INER), Taiwan under Asia Pacific Metrology Programme. In addition to the above-mentioned primary standards, the SSDL is also maintaining the following secondary standards. For air kerma measurements at Co-60 gamma energy, ionisation chambers of Exradin A3, NE2571, NE2577 and Victoreen 415 types are calibrated and maintained. For Co-60 radiation dose to water measurements, NE 2571 and NE 2577 chambers calibrated at BIPM in terms of ND,W are maintained. For air kerma at medium energy x-rays, chambers of the type Exradin A2, NE 2571, NE2577, Victoreen 415 B, Victoreen 415, Exradin A3 and NE 2581 are maintained. These chambers have been calibrated against the primary standards and have been used in the international intercomparison experiments. The future programme of development of standards include i) Development of graphite/water calorimeters as absorbed dose standards, ii) Establishment of extrapolation chamber as primary standard for absorbed dose for beta and soft x-ray beams and iii) Development of energy-independent plastic scintillators as reference standard for low energy low activity brachytherapy sources. (author)

  11. Portable radiation meters evaluation in high rates of air kerma

    Damatto, Willian B.; Potiens, Maria da Penha A.; Vivolo, Vitor, E-mail: wbdamatto@ipen.br, E-mail: mppotiens@ipen.br, E-mail: vivolo@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2015-07-01

    A set of portable meters of ionizing radiation high rates of air kerma (teletectors) commonly used in emergencies in Brazil and sent to the Calibration Laboratory of IPEN were under several tests and analyst is parameters for the detectors behavior were established, specifying their sensitivities and operating characteristics. Applied tests were: reading equipment variation with battery voltage, geotropism effect, energy dependence, the angular dependence and overload. Thus it was possible to determine the most common characteristic found in these equipment (quality control programs). The behavior of 17 portable meters was analyzed and in this study, 10 of them have been tested. It was performed to characterize the gamma irradiating system (radiation dosimetry field) that possesses higher activity in teletectors for testing of larger measuring range. New calibration criteria were established following international recommendations. Therefore, it was made the improvement of the quality control programme of portable meters of ionizing radiation high rates of air kerma calibration laboratory, benefiting the users of such equipment with better consistent calibration measurements. (author)

  12. Air kerma based dosimetry calibration for the Leksell Gamma Knife

    Meltsner, Sheridan Griffin; DeWerd, Larry A. [Department of Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (United States)

    2009-02-15

    No accepted official protocol exists for the dosimetry of the Leksell Gamma Knife registered (GK) stereotactic radiosurgery device. Establishment of a dosimetry protocol has been complicated by the unique partial-hemisphere arrangement of 201 individual {sup 60}Co beams simultaneously focused on the treatment volume and by the rigid geometry of the GK unit itself. This article proposes an air kerma based dosimetry protocol using either an in-air or in-acrylic phantom measurement to determine the absorbed dose rate of fields of the 18 mm helmet of a GK unit. A small-volume air ionization chamber was used to make measurements at the physical isocenter of three GK units. The absorbed dose rate to water was determined using a modified version of the AAPM Task Group 21 protocol designed for use with {sup 60}Co-based teletherapy machines. This experimentally determined absorbed dose rate was compared to the treatment planning system (TPS) absorbed dose rate. The TPS used with the GK unit is Leksell GammaPlan. The TPS absorbed dose rate at the time of treatment is the absorbed dose rate determined by the physicist at the time of machine commissioning decay corrected to the treatment date. The TPS absorbed dose rate is defined as absorbed dose rate to water at the isocenter of a water phantom with a radius of 8 cm. Measurements were performed on model B and C Gamma Knife units. The absorbed dose rate to water for the 18 mm helmet determined using air-kerma based calculations is consistently between 1.5% and 2.9% higher than the absorbed dose rate provided by the TPS. These air kerma based measurements allow GK dosimetry to be performed with an established dosimetry protocol and without complications arising from the use of and possible variations in solid phantom material. Measurements were also made with the same ionization chamber in a spherical acrylic phantom for comparison. This methodology will allow further development of calibration methods appropriate for the smaller fields of GK units to be compared to a well established standard.

  13. Comparison of the NIST and ENEA air kerma standards

    A comparison was made between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Ente per le Nuov Tecnologie l'Energia e l'Ambiente (ENEA) air kerma standards for medium energy x rays and 60Co gamma rays. The comparison took place at ENEA in June 1994. Two different transfer chambers from NIST were used for the comparison. The measurements were made at radiation qualities similar to those used at the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) (generating voltages of 100 kV, 135 kV, 180 kV and 250 kV, respectively) and with 60Co gamma radiation. The transfer chamber calibration factors obtained at the NIST and at the ENEA agreed with one another to 0.03% for 60Co gamma radiation and between 0.1% to 0.8% for the medium energy x-ray beam codes

  14. X-rays spectrum and air Kerma during a mammography study; Espectro de los rayos X y Kerma en aire durante un estudio mamografico

    Ramirez G, J. [Instituto Nacional de Estadistica Geografia e Informatica, Av. Heroes de Nacozari Sur 2301, Fracc. Jardines del Parque, 20276 Aguascalientes (Mexico); Hernandez V, R.; Hernandez D, V. M.; Vega C, H. R. [Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Cipres 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico)], e-mail: fermineutron@yahoo.com

    2009-10-15

    In this calculation series was modeled the source of electrons, the target and the filter. Using thermoluminescent dosemeters of ZrO{sub 2}+PTFE the air Kerma was measured in five points located on a phantom made with acrylic and water when it was exposed to a X-rays beam produced by electrons of 24 KeV and 10 m A of current that produces a mammography. The air Kerma values at the entrance surface of the phantom were compared with values calculated by Monte Carlo methods. The air Kerma values measured indicate that approximately the five points receive the same air Kerma, what means that the beam is homogeneous, of the Monte Carlo calculations we find that the center receives a greater dose what implies that the beam is not uniform, the explanation of this fact is attributed to was used a simple model in the calculations, nevertheless, the air Kerma average measured at the entrance surface of the phantom was of 0.96 +{sub -} 0.03 m G, while the other obtained by the calculations was of 0.96 +{sub -} 0.06 mGy, to compare both do not exist significant differences. (author)

  15. Evaluation and test of 192Ir air kerma strength for afterloading systems

    Objective: To study the method of measuring air kerma strength of afterloading units with 192Ir source by using well type ionization chamber. Methods: The air kerma strength of 30 afterloading units with 192Ir source was measured using 2000A electrometer and 1000 plus well type ionization chamber, and apparent activity of the source was calculated with the air kerma strength and apparent activity conversion factor. The measured activity of the source was compared with the original value of the source provided by the manufacturer, and the relevant deviation should be within ±5%. Results: The air kerma strength of afterloading units with 192Ir sources was tested. The relevant deviation of the measured activity and the original value was within -0.1%-4.4%. Conclusions: The measurement method with a well type ionization chamber is convenient and highly accurate which can be used for the test of quality control in hospitals. (authors)

  16. Determination of the reference air kerma rate for brachytherapy sources

    The purpose of this paper is to report the results obtained determining the reference air kerma rate, Kr, for sources as Yb-169 and Cs-137 of low dose rates and Ir-192 sources of low and high dose rates, applying a standard formalism adopted by the 'Cominato per la Dosimetria in Radioterapia' (CDR) of the Associazione Italiana di Fisica Biomedica (AIFB). The formalism allows the evaluations of Kr by using ionization measurements in free air, carried out at 1 meter or at different distances from the source. As well known this kind of measurement needs the determination of several correction factors to be applied to the ion-chamber reading. The methods adopted to determine these corrections are examined in particular to determine: a) the collection efficiency at a low dose rate as well as other correction factors to obtain a standard measurement condition; b) the perturbation correction factors that take into account for the presence of scattered photons in the environment, the finite size of the ion-chamber and the presence of the air between the source and the detector. However, the method used to determine the calibration factor Nk (source) of the ion-chamber, implies an adequate choice of the number and qualities of the calibration beams. When an univocal dosimetric formalism was adopted in an Italian intercomparison of Ir-192 (wire sources) Kr determinations, the average deviation between the Kr values obtained by the centers was 0.994 with an extreme deviation of no more than 2%. Once determined the Kr value for the brachytherapy source an indirect procedure to determine the Kr by using a well ionization chamber, calibrated at the hospital center, results the best suitable procedure for routine measurements required for brachytherapy quality assurance

  17. Comparison of the air kerma standards of the NRC and the BIPM 60Co γ rays

    A comparison of the standards for air kerma of the National Research Council of Canada and of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures has been carried out in 60Co gamma radiation. The results show that the NRC and the BIPM standards for air kerma are in agreement, yielding a ratio of 1.0020 for the calibration factors of the transfer chambers, the difference from unity being within the combined standard uncertainty of 0.0031. (authors)

  18. Standardization of iridium-192 coiled source in terms of air kerma output

    ICRU (1985) recommended that the output of gamma ray brachytherapy sources should be specified in terms of reference air kerma rate, defined as the kerma rate to air in air at a reference distance of 1 meter, perpendicular to the long axis of the source, corrected for air attenuation and scattering. As these measurements are difficult to carry out in the routine clinical use, it is the common practice to calibrate the re-entrant ionization chamber with respect to open air measurements and use the re-entrant chamber for routine measurements. This paper reports on the measurements carried out to correlate the nominal activity and air kerma rate of 192Ir wire sources supplied by the Board of Radiation and Isotope Technology, Department of Atomic Energy. (author). 3 refs, 1 tab

  19. Factor kerma decrease for interactions X and gamma rays with air, water, polyethylene and plexiglass

    KERMA decrease caused by secondary particle energy loss in air, water, polyethylene and plexiglass in 0.5 MeV to 10 MeV region of X and gamma-photons, is presented in this paper. The calculations of KERMA factor decrease are made for Compton, photo effects and pair production effects by incident X and gamma rays, in the mentioned energy interval. (author)

  20. Reference air kerma and kerma-area product as estimators of peak skin dose for fluoroscopically guided interventions

    Purpose: To determine more accurate regression formulas for estimating peak skin dose (PSD) from reference air kerma (RAK) or kerma-area product (KAP). Methods: After grouping of the data from 21 procedures into 13 clinically similar groups, assessments were made of optimal clustering using the Bayesian information criterion to obtain the optimal linear regressions of (log-transformed) PSD vs RAK, PSD vs KAP, and PSD vs RAK and KAP. Results: Three clusters of clinical groups were optimal in regression of PSD vs RAK, seven clusters of clinical groups were optimal in regression of PSD vs KAP, and six clusters of clinical groups were optimal in regression of PSD vs RAK and KAP. Prediction of PSD using both RAK and KAP is significantly better than prediction of PSD with either RAK or KAP alone. The regression of PSD vs RAK provided better predictions of PSD than the regression of PSD vs KAP. The partial-pooling (clustered) method yields smaller mean squared errors compared with the complete-pooling method.Conclusion: PSD distributions for interventional radiology procedures are log-normal. Estimates of PSD derived from RAK and KAP jointly are most accurate, followed closely by estimates derived from RAK alone. Estimates of PSD derived from KAP alone are the least accurate. Using a stochastic search approach, it is possible to cluster together certain dissimilar types of procedures to minimize the total error sum of squares.

  1. X-rays spectrum and air Kerma during a mammography study

    In this calculation series was modeled the source of electrons, the target and the filter. Using thermoluminescent dosemeters of ZrO2+PTFE the air Kerma was measured in five points located on a phantom made with acrylic and water when it was exposed to a X-rays beam produced by electrons of 24 KeV and 10 m A of current that produces a mammography. The air Kerma values at the entrance surface of the phantom were compared with values calculated by Monte Carlo methods. The air Kerma values measured indicate that approximately the five points receive the same air Kerma, what means that the beam is homogeneous, of the Monte Carlo calculations we find that the center receives a greater dose what implies that the beam is not uniform, the explanation of this fact is attributed to was used a simple model in the calculations, nevertheless, the air Kerma average measured at the entrance surface of the phantom was of 0.96 +- 0.03 m G, while the other obtained by the calculations was of 0.96 +- 0.06 mGy, to compare both do not exist significant differences. (author)

  2. Attenuation effects on the kerma rates in air after cesium depositions on grasslands

    Since the reactor accident of Chernobyl, cesium depth profiles and nuclide-specific kerma rates in air have been determined for various grassland sites in south Bavaria and in Ukraine. The sites are described by soil characteristics, annual precipitation, distance from release point, mode of deposition, and activity per unit area. The effects of surface roughness and migration of cesium into the soil on the kerma rate in air over grasslands was determined by two methods. The kerma rates in air obtained by the evaluations of in situ gamma-ray spectrometry results and of measured activity distributions in the soil showed only negligible differences for the observation period of 6 years after deposition. for the sites in Ukraine the kerma rate in air per activity per unit area was found to be systematically 40% higher than in Bavaria. The results from Bavaria on the attenuation of the kerma rate and a data set, including experiences from the weapons test fallout, are analytically approximated as a function of time up to 25 years after deposition. (orig.)

  3. Comparative study of Brazilian and North American unshielded primary air kerma of radiological equipment

    The philosophy of shield design in diagnostic radiology has changed in recent years, due to the more restrictive dose limits to workers and public adopted in various countries. According to report 147 of the National Council of Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP 147, 2004), the structural shielding design is based on the quantity of unshielded primary air kerma, measured at the distance of one meter. Due to the fact that air kerma presents a strong dependent on the workload and output of the x-ray tube, NCRP 147 provides reference values for these parameters, all of them based on North-American clinical routine. The present work surveyed Brazilian values of workload, patient workflow and X-ray tube output, in order to estimate the unshielded primary air kerma at one meter for different diagnostic modalities

  4. Evaluation of the air kerma rates stability used in diagnostic radiology calibration

    The objective of this work was to perform tests in order to evaluate the stability of the air kerma rates measured with the dosimetric reference system of the calibration laboratory of IPEN (LCI)). The diagnostic radiology reference system consists of a parallel plates ionization chamber with volume of 1cm3, PTW, model 77334, connected to a PTW electrometer, model UNIDOS, type 10001, and it is used a 14C as check source. This parallel plate ionization chamber can be also used for radiography and fluoroscopy modes measurements during the characterization of the diagnostic radiology beams. The air kerma rates obtained during the calibration measurements were are evaluated from 2005 to 2007. (author)

  5. Second EUROMET comparison of air kerma rate and activity measurements of [sup 192]Ir brachytherapy wires

    Reher, D.F.G. (CEC - JRC IRMM, Geel (Belgium)); Aalbers, A.H.L. (NMI, Bilthoven (Netherlands)); Bjerke, H. (NRPA, Oesteraas (Norway)); Drugge, N. (NIRP, Goeteborg (Sweden)); Genka, T. (JAERI, Ibaraki (Japan)); Rossiter, M.J. (NPL, Teddington (United Kingdom)); Santry, D. (NRC, Ottawa (Canada)); Sephton, J.P. (NPL, Teddington (United Kingdom)); Sibbens, G. (CEC - JRC IRMM, Geel (Belgium)); Seuntjens, J. (RUG, Gent (Belgium)); Thierens, H. (RUG, Gent (Belgium)); Verhaegen, F. (RUG, Gent (Belgium)); Williams, T.T. (NPL, Teddington (United Kingdom)); Woods, M.J. (NPL, Teddington (United Kingdom))

    1994-01-22

    At the occasion of the EUROMET Workshop on Ionising Radiation and Radioactivity at the NPL, it was decided to carry out a second intercomparison on air kerma rate (AKR) and activity measurements on [sup 192]Ir brachytherapy sources in the frame of EUROMET project no. 219. The intercomparison has shown that both air kerma rate measurements and activity measurements of [sup 192]Ir brachytherapy wires are not trivial. One of the drawbacks is the appreciable inhomogeneity of the wires. Disregarding some outliers, the spread of the AKR measurements was below 1.5%, while the variation in the activity measurements was very large, due to reasons which are not completely understood. (orig.)

  6. Second EUROMET comparison of air kerma rate and activity measurements of 192Ir brachytherapy wires

    At the occasion of the EUROMET Workshop on Ionising Radiation and Radioactivity at the NPL, it was decided to carry out a second intercomparison on air kerma rate (AKR) and activity measurements on 192Ir brachytherapy sources in the frame of EUROMET project no. 219. The intercomparison has shown that both air kerma rate measurements and activity measurements of 192Ir brachytherapy wires are not trivial. One of the drawbacks is the appreciable inhomogeneity of the wires. Disregarding some outliers, the spread of the AKR measurements was below 1.5%, while the variation in the activity measurements was very large, due to reasons which are not completely understood. (orig.)

  7. X-Rays spectrum and air kerma during a mammography study;Espectro de los rayos X y kerma en aire durante un estudio mamografico

    Ramirez G, J. [Instituto Nacional de Estadistica Geografia e Informatica, Direccion General de Innovacion y Tecnologia de Informacion, Av. Heroes de Nacozari Sur No. 2301, Fracc. Jardines del Parque, 20276 Aguascalientes (Mexico); Hernandez V, R.; Chacon R, A.; Vega C, H. R., E-mail: ramirezgonzalezjaime@yahoo.com.m [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Calle Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico)

    2009-10-15

    The X-rays spectrum produced in a mammography has been calculated by means of Monte Carlo methods. In this calculation series it is modeled the electrons source, the target and the filter. The spectra were calculated for an energy of the electrons of 28 keV and for targets of W, Mo and Rh. The calculations extended to analyze the effect that produces the filters inclusion in the spectra; the spectra of W-A1, Rh-Rh, Mo-Mo, Mo-Rh and Mo-Be were calculated this way. Using thermoluminescent dosemeters of ZrO{sub 2}+PTFE the air kerma was measured in five points located on a phantom made with acrylic and water when it is was exposed to a X-rays beam produced by electrons of 24 keV and 10 m A of current that it produces a mammography. The values of the air kerma on the entrance surface of the phantom were compared with the calculated values by means of Monte Carlo methods. The calculated spectra present a continuous component and another discreet and its form is similar to the reported spectra in the literature. The filters inclusion allows the elimination of the low energy photons that do not have utility in the obtaining of the mammography image and only they contribute to deposit a dose in the mamma. The values of the measured air kerma indicate that the five points receive the same air kerma approximately, what means that the beam is homogeneous, of the Monte Carlo calculations we find that the center receives a bigger dose which implies that the beam is not uniform, the explanation on this fact it is attributed to that a simple model was used in the calculations, nevertheless, the average of the air kerma measured on the entrance surface of the phantom was of 0.96 +- 0.03 m G, while the obtained by means of the calculations was of 0.96 +- 0.06 mGy, when comparing both significant differences do not exist. (Author)

  8. Changes to the air-kerma standards of the BIPM and primary standards dosimetry laboratories: Implications for IAEA calibrations to SSDL members

    Worldwide alterations in air-kerma standards have taken lace in the past. For example, national air-kerma standards were changed in the late eighties by about 1% due o changes in the internationally agreed underlying physical data. More recently, several Primary Standards Dosimetry Laboratories (PSDLs) have altered their primary standards of air kerma. This paper reviews these changes and the implications for the air-kerma standards maintained y the IAEA

  9. Air kerma rate constants for gamma emitters used most often in practice

    It is often required to estimate the dose rate at a distance from radionuclides that are sources of X rays and gamma rays. Such calculations may be required for planning radiation protection measures in the vicinity of radioactive sources or patients containing radionuclides, calibrations of radiation instruments or for estimating the absorbed dose rate to patients receiving brachytherapy. The factor relating activity and air kerma rate is called air kerma rate constant - Γo-bar. In this paper, the results of recalculation of this quantity for unfiltered point sources of radionuclides in practice used most often are given. The calculations included corrections for internal conversion of X rays and gamma rays and detailed accounting of the generation of the K and L series X rays from internal conversion and electron capture. Particular air kerma rate constants were calculated for each discrete line in the photon spectrum of radionuclide with a yield per decay event >0.01% and the energy >20 keV. Since the energy structure of the photon spectra and accessible discrete numerical values of the mass energy-transfer coefficient for air are not the same, the cubic spline interpolation was used to obtained the coefficient, where the photon spectrum data are available. In the calculation, the latest gamma ray spectral data for all radionuclides and latest data for the mass energy-transfer coefficient for air are used. Air kerma rate constants for the following 35 radionuclides are calculated: 11C, 13N, 15O, 18F, 24Na, 42K, 43K, 51Cr, 52Fe, 59Fe, 57Co, 58Co, 60Co, 67Ga, 68Ga, 75Se, 99Mo, 99mTc, 111In, 113mIn, 123I, 125I, 131I, 127Xe, 133Xe, 137Cs, 152Eu, 154Eu, 170Tm, 182Ta, 192Ir, 197Hg, 198Au, 201Tl and 241Am. (authors)

  10. A comparison of measured and calculated values of air kerma rates from 137Cs in soil

    V. P. Ramzaev

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In 2010, a study was conducted to determine the air gamma dose rate from 137Cs deposited in soil. The gamma dose rate measurements and soil sampling were performed at 30 reference plots from the south-west districts of the Bryansk region (Russia that had been heavily contaminated as a result of the Chernobyl accident. The 137Cs inventory in the top 20 cm of soil ranged from 260 kBq m–2 to 2800 kBq m–2. Vertical distributions of 137Cs in soil cores (6 samples per a plot were determined after their sectioning into ten horizontal layers of 2 cm thickness. The vertical distributions of 137Cs in soil were employed to calculate air kerma rates, K, using two independent methods proposed by Saito and Jacob [Radiat. Prot. Dosimetry, 1995, Vol. 58, P. 29–45] and Golikov et al. [Contaminated Forests– Recent Developments in Risk Identification and Future Perspective. Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999. – P. 333–341]. A very good coincidence between the methods was observed (Spearman’s rank coefficient of correlation = 0.952; P<0.01; on average, a difference between the kerma rates calculated with two methods did not exceed 3%. The calculated air kerma rates agreed with the measured dose rates in air very well (Spearman’s coefficient of correlation = 0.952; P<0.01. For large grassland plots (n=19, the measured dose rates were on average 6% less than the calculated kerma rates. The tested methods for calculating the air dose rate from 137Cs in soil can be recommended for practical studies in radiology and radioecology. 

  11. Product estimate of air kerma-area and the air kerma in the input surface of the skin of pediatric patients undergoing chest X-ray

    The aim of this paper is to evaluate the entrance air kerma (Ka,e) and the product air kerma-area (Pka) for chest examinations performed with pediatric patients in a large public hospital of Recife. For this study 89 examinations of patient with ages from zero to 10 years old were evaluated. The results showed that the mean Ka,e values, for patients of 0-1 years old, 1-5 years old and 5-10 years old, were, respectively, 100 mGy, 120 mGy and 100 mGy. The Pka values for newborn patients range from 11,9 to 58,4 mGy.cm2, for patients with 1 to 5 years old range from 17 to 192 mGy.cm2, and from 30,4 to 136,2 mGy.cm2 for patients with ages from 5 to 10 years old. The differences in the Pka values are due the different dimensions of the radiation field. For the results its possible to conclude that the Pka values are high, in special for patients with ages from 1 to 5 years old, indicating that the collimation of the radiation field is not adequate. (author)

  12. Implications of new correction factors on primary air kerma standards in 60Co-beams

    Comparisons of primary standards for air kerma in 60Co-beams are re-analysed taking into account the recently developed formalism that defines uniquely the various correction factors and the development of analytic and Monte Carlo methods to quantify these corrections. After a brief historical review of air kerma comparisons and ion chamber calculations, the new corrections are applied in a re-analysis of previously published comparison data. An independent Monte Carlo verification of the analytic point-source non-uniformity correction factor is presented. The combination of new proposed correction factors imply that some national standards should increase by as much as 1% and that the global increase is of the order of 0.6%. (author)

  13. Comparison of two different methods to determine the air kerma calibration factor (NK) for 192Ir

    In brachytherapy, encapsulated radioactive Low Dose Rate (LDR) and High Dose Rate (HDR) sources are used to deliver a dose to tissue near the source. One of the nuclides used in LDR as well as in HDR brachytherapy sources is 192Ir. In document IAEA-TECDOC-1079, Calibration of Brachytherapy Sources, recommendations on standardized procedures for the calibration of brachytherapy sources at SSDLs and hospitals are given. One of these recommendations is the use of an ionisation chamber with an air-kerma calibration factor for 192lr sources. The problem to derive a calibration factor for 192Ir is that the most important part of the spectrum of an 192lr brachytherapy source falls in an energy gap between the standards for x-rays and the standards for gamma-rays established at primary laboratories. It is therefore unavoidable to obtain the air kerma calibration for the ionisation chamber using an indirect method. The method recommended by IAEA for the determination of the air-kerma calibration factors is based on a technique developed by Goetsch et al. In the Netherlands a different method is recommended. This method is based on a weighting procedure of the 192Ir energy spectrum over the response curve of an ionisation chamber and differs with the procedure recommended by IAEA for a NE2561 ionisation chamber by about 0.9 %

  14. Evaluating air kerma at a medical cyclotron after refined shielding design using the TLD approach

    Cyclotrons are increasingly constructed at medical universities in Taiwan to produce nuclear medicine. However, their operation generates amounts of highly energetic photons from 18O(p, ?n)18F reactions. This reaction posed a health hazard to the public. Chung Shan University Hospital had to increase its 2-deoxy-2-[18F]-fluoro-D-glucose products in 2011 to 11.5 times that in 2004 and redesign the self-shielded (CTI) Radioisotope Delivery System (RDS)-111 to meet guild requirements regarding the production of positron emission tomography (PET). This study is the first to evaluate air kerma in a CTI RDS-111 cyclotron center with a thermoluminescent dosimeter (TLD). Air kerma of up to 17.02.8 mGy/mo indicated that heavy leakage of photons penetrated the PET/CT facility. The new L-shaped concrete shield and added d2 door can adequately protect the public. The minimum detectable limit of air kerma is discussed to demonstrate the reliability of the TLD approach. (author)

  15. Comparison of air-kerma strength determinations for HDR {sup 192}Ir sources

    Rasmussen, Brian E.; Davis, Stephen D.; Schmidt, Cal R.; Micka, John A.; DeWerd, Larry A. [Department of Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (United States)

    2011-12-15

    Purpose: To perform a comparison of the interim air-kerma strength standard for high dose rate (HDR) {sup 192}Ir brachytherapy sources maintained by University of Wisconsin Accredited Dosimetry Calibration Laboratory (UWADCL) with measurements of the various source models using modified techniques from the literature. The current interim standard was established by Goetsch et al. in 1991 and has remained unchanged to date. Methods: The improved, laser-aligned seven-distance apparatus of University of Wisconsin Medical Radiation Research Center (UWMRRC) was used to perform air-kerma strength measurements of five different HDR {sup 192}Ir source models. The results of these measurements were compared with those from well chambers traceable to the original standard. Alternative methodologies for interpolating the {sup 192}Ir air-kerma calibration coefficient from the NIST air-kerma standards at {sup 137}Cs and 250 kVp x rays (M250) were investigated and intercompared. As part of the interpolation method comparison, the Monte Carlo code EGSnrc was used to calculate updated values of A{sub wall} for the Exradin A3 chamber used for air-kerma strength measurements. The effects of air attenuation and scatter, room scatter, as well as the solution method were investigated in detail. Results: The average measurements when using the inverse N{sub K} interpolation method for the Classic Nucletron, Nucletron microSelectron, VariSource VS2000, GammaMed Plus, and Flexisource were found to be 0.47%, -0.10%, -1.13%, -0.20%, and 0.89% different than the existing standard, respectively. A further investigation of the differences observed between the sources was performed using MCNP5 Monte Carlo simulations of each source model inside a full model of an HDR 1000 Plus well chamber. Conclusions: Although the differences between the source models were found to be statistically significant, the equally weighted average difference between the seven-distance measurements and the well chambers was 0.01%, confirming that it is not necessary to update the current standard maintained at the UWADCL.

  16. X-Rays spectrum and air kerma during a mammography study

    The X-rays spectrum produced in a mammography has been calculated by means of Monte Carlo methods. In this calculation series it is modeled the electrons source, the target and the filter. The spectra were calculated for an energy of the electrons of 28 keV and for targets of W, Mo and Rh. The calculations extended to analyze the effect that produces the filters inclusion in the spectra; the spectra of W-A1, Rh-Rh, Mo-Mo, Mo-Rh and Mo-Be were calculated this way. Using thermoluminescent dosemeters of ZrO2+PTFE the air kerma was measured in five points located on a phantom made with acrylic and water when it is was exposed to a X-rays beam produced by electrons of 24 keV and 10 m A of current that it produces a mammography. The values of the air kerma on the entrance surface of the phantom were compared with the calculated values by means of Monte Carlo methods. The calculated spectra present a continuous component and another discreet and its form is similar to the reported spectra in the literature. The filters inclusion allows the elimination of the low energy photons that do not have utility in the obtaining of the mammography image and only they contribute to deposit a dose in the mamma. The values of the measured air kerma indicate that the five points receive the same air kerma approximately, what means that the beam is homogeneous, of the Monte Carlo calculations we find that the center receives a bigger dose which implies that the beam is not uniform, the explanation on this fact it is attributed to that a simple model was used in the calculations, nevertheless, the average of the air kerma measured on the entrance surface of the phantom was of 0.96 ± 0.03 m G, while the obtained by means of the calculations was of 0.96 ± 0.06 mGy, when comparing both significant differences do not exist. (Author)

  17. Calculated neutron air kerma strength conversion factors for a generically encapsulated Cf-252 brachytherapy source

    Rivard, M J; D'Errico, F; Tsai, J S; Ulin, K; Engler, M J

    2002-01-01

    The sup 2 sup 5 sup 2 Cf neutron air kerma strength conversion factor (S sub K sub N /m sub C sub f) is a parameter needed to convert the radionuclide mass (mu g) provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory into neutron air kerma strength required by modern clinical brachytherapy dosimetry formalisms indicated by Task Group No. 43 of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). The impact of currently used or proposed encapsulating materials for sup 2 sup 5 sup 2 Cf brachytherapy sources (Pt/Ir-10%, 316L stainless steel, nitinol, and Zircaloy-2) on S sub K sub N /m sub C sub f was calculated and results were fit to linear equations. Only for substantial encapsulation thicknesses, did S sub K sub N /m sub C sub f decrease, while the impact of source encapsulation composition is increasingly negligible as Z increases. These findings are explained on the basis of the non-relativistic kinematics governing the majority of sup 2 sup 5 sup 2 Cf neutron interactions. Neutron kerma and energy spectra resul...

  18. Air-over-ground calculations of the neutron, prompt, and secondary-gamma free-in-air tissue kerma from the Hiroshima and Nagasaki devices

    This paper reports preliminary results of the two-dimensional discrete-ordinate, calculations for the air-over-ground transport of radiation from the Hiroshima and Nagasaki weapon devices. It was found that the gamma-ray kerma dominated the total kerma for both environments

  19. Air-kerma strength determination of a miniature x-ray source for brachytherapy applications

    Davis, Stephen D.

    A miniature x-ray source has been developed by Xoft Inc. for high dose-rate brachytherapy treatments. The source is contained in a 5.4 mm diameter water-cooling catheter. The source voltage can be adjusted from 40 kV to 50 kV and the beam current is adjustable up to 300 muA. Electrons are accelerated toward a tungsten-coated anode to produce a lightly-filtered bremsstrahlung photon spectrum. The sources were initially used for early-stage breast cancer treatment using a balloon applicator. More recently, Xoft Inc. has developed vaginal and surface applicators. The miniature x-ray sources have been characterized using a modification of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine Task Group No. 43 formalism normally used for radioactive brachytherapy sources. Primary measurements of air kerma were performed using free-air ionization chambers at the University of Wisconsin (UW) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The measurements at UW were used to calibrate a well-type ionization chamber for clinical verification of source strength. Accurate knowledge of the emitted photon spectrum was necessary to calculate the corrections required to determine air-kerma strength, defined in vacuo. Theoretical predictions of the photon spectrum were calculated using three separate Monte Carlo codes: MCNP5, EGSnrc, and PENELOPE. Each code used different implementations of the underlying radiological physics. Benchmark studies were performed to investigate these differences in detail. The most important variation among the codes was found to be the calculation of fluorescence photon production following electron-induced vacancies in the L shell of tungsten atoms. The low-energy tungsten L-shell fluorescence photons have little clinical significance at the treatment distance, but could have a large impact on air-kerma measurements. Calculated photon spectra were compared to spectra measured with high-purity germanium spectroscopy systems at both UW and NIST. The effects of escaped germanium fluorescence photons and Compton-scattered photons were taken into account for the UW measurements. The photon spectrum calculated using the PENELOPE Monte Carlo code had the best agreement with the spectrum measured at NIST. Corrections were applied to the free-air chamber measurements to arrive at an air-kerma strength determination for the miniature x-ray sources.

  20. In situ gamma-ray spectrometry in forests: determination of kerma rate in air from 137Cs

    A method is presented to determine the kerma rate in air from 137Cs due to Chernobyl fallout in forests. In situ gamma-ray spectra from several forest sites in Russia, in the Ukraine and in Southern Germany are evaluated with the aim of deducing the ratio of primary and forward scattered photons for 137Cs. With this ratio and the results of Monte-Carlo simulations of photon transport the contribution of scattered photons to the total kerma is assessed successfully. Scattered photons contribute between 42% and 50% to the total kerma rate from radiocesium, which is less than according values for grassland areas. The contribution of radiocesium to the total kerma rate varies between 40% and 90%, whereas radiocesium stored in the forest biomass contributes only a few percent. The mean mass depth of radiocesium ranges from 2.6 to 6.4 g cm-2 in the forest soils

  1. Sensitivity/uncertainty analysis for free-in-air tissue kerma due to initial radiation at Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Uncertainty estimates and cross correlations by range/survivor have been calculated for the Hiroshima and Nagasaki free-in-air (FIA) tissue kerma obtained from two-dimensional air/ground transport calculations. The uncertainties due to modeling parameter and basic nuclear transport data uncertainties were calculated for 700-, 1000-, and 1500-m ground ranges. Only the FIA tissue kerma due to initial radiation was treated in the analysis; the uncertainties associated with terrain and building shielding and phantom attenuation were not considered in this study. Uncertainties of --20% were obtained for the prompt neutron and secondary gamma kerma and 30% for the prompt gamma kerma at both cities. The uncertainties on the total prompt kerma at Hiroshima and Nagasaki are --18 and 15%, respectively. The estimated uncertainties vary only slightly by ground range and are fairly highly correlated. The total prompt kerma uncertainties are dominated by the secondary gamma uncertainties, which in turn are dominated by the modeling parameter uncertainties, particularly those associated with the weapon yield and radiation sources

  2. Air kerma and absorbed dose on the torso of a patient during a mammography study;Kerma en aire y dosis absorbida en el torso de una paciente durante un estudio mastografico

    Hernadez O, M.; Duran M, H. A.; Pinedo S, A.; Gonzalez G, R.; Guerra M, J. A.; Salas L, M. A.; Vega C, H. R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Calle Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico); Rivera M, T. [IPN, Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Av. Legaria 694, 11500 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Azorin N, J., E-mail: mar_h2o@hotmail.co [Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Unidad Iztapalapa, Av. San Rafael Atlixco 186, 09340 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2009-10-15

    Two dosimetric magnitudes, due to the dispersed radiation, have been determined during a mammography study. The magnitudes that were determined are the kerma at the entrance of the torso and the absorbed dose by the torso. This determination was made in a paraffin phantom and with thermoluminescent dosemeters. One of the important parameters in the radiological protection of a patient to which is practiced a mammography is the value of the media glandular dose. However, during the taking of the X-ray a radiation portion that impacts on the mammary gland it is dispersed toward the patient's torso. In this work thermoluminescent dosemeters of ZrO{sub 2} has been used to determine the kerma at the entrance of the torso like the absorbed dose. The dosemeters was placed on the surface of the torso phantom while to the mamma phantom was made the mammography. As mamma phantom was used glucose serum to 5%. Of the obtained results we find that 3% of the air kerma at the entrance of the mamma it corresponds at the air kerma that receives the torso and 3.2% of the media glandular dose it is the absorbed dose of the same one. Another important result is the percentage value of the air kerma on the entrance of the thyroid area during a mammography, due to the dispersed radiation, it is 4% of the kerma at the entrance of the mamma. The air kerma at the entrance of the thyroid is of 0.41 +-0.07 mGy, 10% of this value corresponds to the absorbed dose by the thyroid. Therefore, it is observed that the media glandular dose and the air kerma at the entrance of the mamma they influence on the dispersed radiation toward the torso. Also, the superior part of the torso has less attenuation capacity to the dispersed radiation that those located in the inferior part. Therefore, the thyroid receives the major quantity of air kerma at the entrance. (Author)

  3. Measurement of air kerma rate for Cs-137 using different ionization chambers

    Due to the importance of radiation doses in medical field quality assurance should be established in order to maintain a reasonable balance between the purpose of application and exposure. This study had been carried out to achieve quality control for protection based on air kerma rate. Measurements were performed by using Cs-137 for the comparison of two working ionization chambers in secondary standard dosimetry laboratory of Sudan. Spherical ionization chamber L S-01 1000 cc S/N 912 and Farmer ionization chamber 2675 A 600 cc S/N 0511, respectively. The results obtained from this study have been represented as mean and their standard deviations shown in most cases remains at 5% uncertainly. Comparison between kinetic energy released per unit mass in air rate (air kerma rate) were obtained by using spherical ionization chamber L S-01 1000 cc S/N 912 and results have been determined using inverse square law. The differences have been represented as means and standard deviations with significant P-value less than 0.05. Spherical ionization chamber gives accurate, reproducible results with acceptable uncertainty which is more suitable for calibration of radiation detectors.(Author)

  4. Product kerma in the air-area and radiation dose in dental radiodiagnosis; Produto kerma ar-area e dose efetiva em radiodiagnostico odontologico

    Costa, Alessandro Martins da, E-mail: amcosta@usp.br [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciencias e Letras. Dept. de Fisica

    2014-07-01

    The main purpose of patient dosimetry in diagnostic radiology is to determine dosimetric quantities for the establishment and use of reference levels and comparative risk assessment. In recent publications the use of the air kerma-area product, PKA, has been suggested in dental radiology, as this quantity is more closely related to risk. The aim of this study was to perform a preliminary survey of PKA and effective dose in different types of dental examinations. The future perspective is a large-scale survey for the establishment and use of diagnostic reference levels in dentistry in Brazil. (author)

  5. A new approach to the determination of air kerma using primary-standard cavity ionization chambers

    A consistent formalism is presented using Monte Carlo calculations to determine the reference air kerma from the measured energy deposition in a primary-standard cavity ionization chamber. A global approach avoiding the use of cavity ionization theory is discussed and its limitations shown in relation to the use of the recommended value for W. The role of charged-particle equilibrium is outlined and the consequent requirements placed on the calculations are detailed. Values for correction factors are presented for the BIPM air-kerma standard for 60Co, making use of the Monte Carlo code PENELOPE, a detailed geometrical model of the BIPM 60Co source and event-by-event electron transport. While the wall correction factor kwall = 1.0012(2) is somewhat lower than the existing value, the axial non-uniformity correction kan = 1.0027(3) is significantly higher. The use of a point source in the evaluation of kan is discussed. A comparison is made of the calculated dose ratio with the Bragg-Gray and Spencer-Attix stopping-power ratios, the results indicating a preference for the Bragg-Gray approach in this particular case. A change to the recommended value for W of up to 2 parts in 103 is discussed. The uncertainties arising from the geometrical models, the use of phase-space files, the radiation transport algorithms and the underlying radiation interaction coefficients are estimated

  6. Kerma rate evaluation in the air in a room interventional cardiology

    In recent years, the number of interventional cardiology procedures is increasing. However, due to the long time of fluoroscopy in these procedures, care teams can receive high doses of radiation. The radiation scattered by the patient is not uniform, and their assessment is of utmost importance. This study aimed to estimate and map the kerma rate in the air at the time of the gonads, in an interventional cardiology room, seeking to optimize the dose absorbed by individuals occupationally exposed to ionizing radiation. For data collection, the room was divided into quadrants of 1m2, totaling 40 collection points. The simulator was positioned so that its entry surface was located in the interventional reference point. Were chosen the conditions that simulate angiography and angioplasty procedures performed in the service. The data were obtained for height of 1 meter, gonad region. The results obtained for kerma rates in air, in quadrants, show that higher measured values was in the vicinity of the X-ray tube. Has been found that the medical staff are more exposed, because of its location during the procedure, around the table. The law of the inverse square distance of the farthest points of the X-ray tube were verified

  7. Air-kerma evaluation at the maze entrance of HDR brachytherapy facilities

    In the absence of procedures for evaluating the design of brachytherapy (BT) facilities for radiation protection purposes, the methodology used for external beam radiotherapy facilities is often adapted. The purpose of this study is to adapt the NCRP 151 methodology for estimating the air-kerma rate at the door in BT facilities. Such methodology was checked against Monte Carlo (MC) techniques using the code Geant4. Five different facility designs were studied for 192Ir and 60Co HDR applications to account for several different bunker layouts. For the estimation of the lead thickness needed at the door, the use of transmission data for the real spectra at the door instead of the ones emitted by 192Ir and 60Co will reduce the lead thickness by a factor of five for 192Ir and ten for 60Co. This will significantly lighten the door and hence simplify construction and operating requirements for all bunkers. The adaptation proposed in this study to estimate the air-kerma rate at the door depends on the complexity of the maze: it provides good results for bunkers with a maze (i.e. similar to those used for linacs for which the NCRP 151 methodology was developed) but fails for less conventional designs. For those facilities, a specific Monte Carlo study is in order for reasons of safety and cost-effectiveness. (paper)

  8. Kerma rate evaluation in the air in a room interventional cardiology; Avaliacao da taxa de Kerma no ar em uma sala de cardiologia intervencionista

    Real, Jessica V.; Luz, Renata M. da, E-mail: jessica.real@pucrs.br, E-mail: renata.luz@pucrs.br [Hospital Sao Lucas (HSL/PUCRS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); Fröhlich, Bruna D.; Silva, Ana Maria Marques da, E-mail: bruna.frohlich@acad.pucrs.br, E-mail: ana.marques@pucrs.br [Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil)

    2014-07-01

    In recent years, the number of interventional cardiology procedures is increasing. However, due to the long time of fluoroscopy in these procedures, care teams can receive high doses of radiation. The radiation scattered by the patient is not uniform, and their assessment is of utmost importance. This study aimed to estimate and map the kerma rate in the air at the time of the gonads, in an interventional cardiology room, seeking to optimize the dose absorbed by individuals occupationally exposed to ionizing radiation. For data collection, the room was divided into quadrants of 1m{sup 2}, totaling 40 collection points. The simulator was positioned so that its entry surface was located in the interventional reference point. Were chosen the conditions that simulate angiography and angioplasty procedures performed in the service. The data were obtained for height of 1 meter, gonad region. The results obtained for kerma rates in air, in quadrants, show that higher measured values was in the vicinity of the X-ray tube. Has been found that the medical staff are more exposed, because of its location during the procedure, around the table. The law of the inverse square distance of the farthest points of the X-ray tube were verified.

  9. Rate air Kerma entrance skin of patients undergoing hemodynamic procedures in the State of Santa Catarina, Brazil

    This paper presents the results of the measured values of the skin entrance Air Kerma Rate in patients submitted to hemodynamic procedures, in the State of Santa Catarina, using as limit values set by the International Basic Safety Standards Guide, published by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA ), and comparing them to the limits established by the Ordinance No. 453/1998. Tests were performed to measure the rate of Kerma skin entrance in 13 hemodynamic equipment in 10 hospitals in the state of Santa Catarina, between January 2011 and December 2012, in hemodynamic operated through fluoroscopy mode. Among the evaluated equipment, 77% disagree with the limits established in the International Basic Safety Standards, however, if compared the values of the Air Kerma rate obtained with the limit established by Ordinance No. 453, 100% of the devices are approved. The results obtained in this paper suggest the need for revision of the Ordinance No. 453/1998, by the regulatory agencies. (author)

  10. New primary ionization chambers at LNE-LNHB for determining the air kerma in a cobalt-60 beam

    For radioprotection, the reference quantity is air kerma. For an cobalt-60 beam, the reference dosimeter is a cavity ionization chamber whose volume is measured. The new LNE-LNHB reference is based on six different chambers instead of one as was done previously. Although every new ionization chamber was treated as much as possible in the same way (manufacturing, measurements of volumes, wall effect calculations, current corrections), a maximum discrepancy of 0.2% was observed between the final measurement results from each chamber. The final value of the air kerma rate in reference conditions was determined as the mean value of the measurement results from all six chambers. Among the different factors whose determination is necessary to calculate the air kerma rate, some are considered independent of or common to all the graphite-walled ionization chambers (for example, mean energy expended by an electron to produce an ion pair in dry air), while others vary for each chamber (for example, air cavity ionic collection volume). Considering that the uncertainties of the individual ionization chamber measurement results seem slightly underestimated, the uncertainty on the mean of the six chamber-dependent factors products was taken equal to the standard deviation of the sample composed of the six chamber-dependent factors products (0.08%). Compared to the previous standard, the air kerma rate of the 60Co photon beam would then increase by 0.09% and the air kerma rate uncertainty would drop from 0.38% to 0.31%. This article describes the procedure used to establish the primary standard in terms of absorbed dose to tissue of LNE-LNHB. (authors)

  11. [Air kerma transmission factors of Scattered X-rays in the maze of a Linac room for lead shield].

    Kato, Hideki

    2005-01-20

    Spectra of scattered X-rays in the maze of a Linac (X-ray energies of 4, 6, and 10 MV) room were estimated by means of the Monte Carlo simulation, and air kerma transmission factors of the X-rays scattered through a lead shield were evaluated based on those spectra. Spectra of scattered X-rays showed a maximum in the energy area below 200 keV. The higher the accelerated electron energy, also, the smaller the scattering angle that tended to spread to the higher energy area of the distribution of spectra. The air kerma transmission factor of 120 degrees scattered X-rays of 4 MV X-rays obtained in this study was larger than the transmission factors of 124 degrees scattered photons of (60)Co gamma rays through a lead shield given in ICRP. The air kerma transmission factors of 120 degrees scattered X-rays of 6 MV X-rays were smaller than the transmission factors of 90 degrees scattered photons of (60)Co gamma rays. The air kerma transmission factors of 120 degrees scattered X-rays of 10 MV X-rays was slightly larger than transmission factors of 90 degrees scattered photons of (60)Co gamma rays. Therefore, in the case of a 4 MV X-ray Linac room, the calculation method given in the "Manual of Practical Shield Calculation of Radiation Facilities (2000)" causes underestimation of leakage doses. PMID:15682037

  12. Conversion coefficients from air kerma to personal dose equivalent in mammography

    In this work, the scattered X-ray beams produced by a mammography unit with a Mo/Mo, Mo/Rh and W/Rh anode/filter combinations were applied in the evaluation of the Hp(10,00) and mean conversion coefficients from air kerma to the personal dose equivalent (C-barHp(10,00)). The higher values of Hp(10,00) are related to the Mo/Rh combination whereas the lower ones are for the W/Rh target/filter. C-barHp(10,00) values are in the range 0.19-0.54 Sv/Gy, where the higher values comprise the W/Rh combination.

  13. Primary Beam Air Kerma Dependence on Distance from Cargo and People Scanners.

    Strom, Daniel J; Cerra, Frank

    2016-06-01

    The distance dependence of air kerma or dose rate of the primary radiation beam is not obvious for security scanners of cargo and people in which there is relative motion between a collimated source and the person or object being imaged. To study this problem, one fixed line source and three moving-source scan-geometry cases are considered, each characterized by radiation emanating perpendicular to an axis. The cases are 1) a stationary line source of radioactive material, e.g., contaminated solution in a pipe; 2) a moving, uncollimated point source of radiation that is shuttered or off when it is stationary; 3) a moving, collimated point source of radiation that is shuttered or off when it is stationary; and 4) a translating, narrow "pencil" beam emanating in a flying-spot, raster pattern. Each case is considered for short and long distances compared to the line source length or path traversed by a moving source. The short distance model pertains mostly to dose to objects being scanned and personnel associated with the screening operation. The long distance model pertains mostly to potential dose to bystanders. For radionuclide sources, the number of nuclear transitions that occur a) per unit length of a line source or b) during the traversal of a point source is a unifying concept. The "universal source strength" of air kerma rate at 1 m from the source can be used to describe x-ray machine or radionuclide sources. For many cargo and people scanners with highly collimated fan or pencil beams, dose varies as the inverse of the distance from the source in the near field and with the inverse square of the distance beyond a critical radius. Ignoring the inverse square dependence and using inverse distance dependence is conservative in the sense of tending to overestimate dose. PMID:27115228

  14. Entrance surface air kerma to patients during chest computed radiography in the United Republic of Tanzania

    Computed radiography (CR) has the potential to improve the image quality through its image processing capabilities as well as reducing patient doses. However, during transition period from analogue to digital modality, there can be a tendency to maintain the exposure parameters that are used in film-screen imaging. This tendency can lead to higher patient doses than is necessary. Such transition is currently taking place in Tanzania and 5 CR facilities are in clinical use. The main objective of this study was to determine the entrance surface air kerma (ESAK) during chest computed radiography of adult patients so as to monitor patient doses during this transition. A previously applied method was used to determine ESAK to 20 adult patients at each facility. The x-ray tube output for each tube potential in clinical use was measured using model 6000-528, 30 cm3 ionization chamber and Model 4000 M+-SI both manufactured by Fluke Biomedical, New York. The energy response of this dosimetry system as stated by manufacturer is 7% over 50-150 kVp range. From the x-ray output and recorded patient exposure parameters, the incident air kerma values (IAKs) were calculated. The ESAK values (ESAKs) were then derived on basis of IAKs and backscatter factor. The ESAKs obtained at 3 facilities as part of ongoing study are presented. The results show that the mean ESAKs at two hospitals were higher than the national average value of 300 μGy for 400 film-screen system and above the recommended diagnostic reference level of 300 μGy. This suggests the need to train the radiology personnel towards optimized practice

  15. A conversion method of air kerma from the primary, scatter, and leakage radiations to effective dose for calculating x-ray shielding barriers in mammography

    In this study, a new approach has been introduced for derivation of the effective dose from air kerma to calculate shielding requirements in mammography facilities. This new approach has been used to compute the conversion coefficients relating air kerma to the effective dose for the mammography reference beam series of the Netherlands Metrology Institute Van Swinden Laboratorium, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and International Atomic Energy Agency laboratories. The results show that, in all cases, the effective dose in mammography energy range is less than 25% of the incident air kerma for the primary and the scatter radiations and does not exceed 75% for the leakage radiation

  16. Determination of Conversion Coefficients Between Air Kerma or Photon Fluence and Ambient Dose Equivalent for Diagnostic X Ray Beams

    Conversion coefficients between air kerma or photon fluence and ambient dose equivalent were experimentally determined for diagnostic X ray qualities at depths of 10 mm, 50 mm and 60 mm in a PMMA sphere phantom, which was used as a substitute for the ICRU sphere. For this purpose, the air kerma in free air was measured by an ionisation chamber and the ambient dose equivalent was determined by LiF thermoluminescence dosemeters. The X ray qualities used were those recommended by the IEC for primary diagnostic X rays and for X ray beams attenuated by aluminium foils. The values obtained are compared with data derived from the literature. In addition, conversion coefficients for X ray qualities after penetration of lead layers were studied to get data which might be of interest concerning the shielding of diagnostic rooms. (author)

  17. The ratios of effective dose to entrance skin dose to the air kerma for some medical sources

    Results are presented for the ratios of the effective dose to skin entrance dose and to air kerma for broad beams of radiation expected to be encountered by medical workers. These workers are monitored by the Personal Radiation Monitoring Service (PRMS) using thermoluminescent dosimeters worn at the front of the body to provide estimates of the entrance skin dose. Factors are given for converting estimates of entrance skin dose to effective dose as defined by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP 1991) for beams incident on the body by one of three modes-from the front of the subject, from the back of the subject or by rotation around the subject. Additional tables are also given to calculate effective dose for these beams from a measurement of air kerma free-in-air

  18. Study and determination of the national dosimetric standards in terms of air kerma for X-rays radiation fields of low and medium-energies

    Progress in radiation protection and radiotherapy, and the increased needs in terms of accuracy lead national metrology institutes to improve the standard. For ionizing radiation, the standard is defined by an absolute instrument used for air kerma rate measurement. The aim of the thesis is to establish standards, in terms of air kerma for X-rays beams of low and medium-energies. This work enables to complement the standard beam range of the Laboratoire National Henri Becquerel (LNHB). Two free-air chambers have been developed, WK06 for medium-energy and WK07 for low-energy. The air-kerma rate is corrected by several correction factors. Some are determined experimentally; and the others by using Monte Carlo simulations. The uncertainty budget of the air-kerma rate at one standard deviation has been established. These dosimetric standards were compared with those of counterparts' laboratories and are consistent in terms of degree of equivalence. (author)

  19. Survivor dosimetry. Part B. DS02 free-in-air neutron and gamma tissue kerma relative to DS86

    The major determinant of the radiation dose to a survivor at a given location with respect to the hypocenter of a bomb detonation is the radiation field in the open at that location. Therefore, a change in free-in-air (FIA) kerma at any given distance from the bomb has a proportional effect on the doses of all survivors at that distance, if the shielding is not changed. The fluence-to-kerma coefficients used in the DS02 studies are discussed in Chapter 12, Part A, where one can see that the differences between the newer DS02 and older DS86 kerma coefficients for soft tissues of the body are quite small at the neutron and gamma-ray energies that are most important in the radiation dosimetry for the survivors. Thus, the differences in DS02 and DS86 FIA tissue kermas from neutrons and photons are due essentially to differences in the DS02 and DS86 source term and transport calculations discussed in Chapters 2 and 3. (J.P.N.)

  20. Characterization of the radiation quality of 60Co therapy units by the fraction of air kerma attributable to scattered photons

    In this work we present a new parameter for characterizing the emitted photon spectra of 60Co radiotherapy units. It is intended to propose this parameter for the revised DIN standard 6809-1. In the previous DIN regulation, it had been sufficient to state the nature of the radioactive material within the source. However, scatter processes within the radioactive material as well as the source housing and the collimator system influence the shape of the photon spectrum, with a noticeable contribution in the low-energy portion. The fraction of the air kerma for a given distance from the source, position and beam size in air comprising all contributions by scattered photons up to an upper energy limit for the emitted spectrum from 60Co decay, will be proposed as a typical parameter. The new quantity, which is termed the 'fraction of air kerma attributable to scattered photons', PEScatter, has been calculated for E = 1.17 MeV and compared for four different Monte Carlo-simulated spectra of used 60Co devices. Not included in this new formalism is the air kerma contribution by scattered photons in between the two lines of the 60Co spectrum. A simple measurement procedure based on the signal ratio of two Farmer chamber detectors with different wall materials is discussed and its feasibility shown. (note)

  1. Comparison of the standards of air kerma of the OMH and the BIPM for 60Co gamma radiation

    A direct comparison between the standards for air kerma of the Orszagos Meresugyi Hivatal (OMH) and of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) has been carried out in the 60Co radiation beams of the BIPM. The result, expressed as a ratio of the OMH and the BIPM standards for air kerma, indicates a relative difference of 10.9 x 10-3 with a combined standard uncertainty of 2.2 x 10-3. This new result agrees at the level of 0.4 x 10-3 with the earlier direct comparisons performed in 1986 and 1994, as modified in 2001 by the application of wall and axial non-uniformity correction factors, calculated for the OMH standards using the Monte Carlo method. (authors)

  2. Comparison of air kerma standards for medium-energy X-radiation between the MKEH and the IAEA

    A comparison of the air kerma standards for medium-energy x-radiation was performed between the MKEH and the IAEA. Two reference class ionization chambers of the IAEA, traceable to the PTB with volumes 1000 cm3 and 100 cm3, and the ISO 4037 N-40, N-60, N-120 and N-300 standard beam qualities were selected for the comparison. The calibration coefficients, NK, were determined for both chambers at the MKEH in August 2011 and before and after this at the IAEA Dosimetry Laboratory. The comparison ratio of the calibration coefficients normalized to the previous comparison results of the PTB and MKEH primary air kerma standards was in the range from 0.989 to 0.994 for the beam qualities used. The relative expanded (k = 2) uncertainty for each of these ratios is around 2%. (authors)

  3. Product estimate of air kerma-area and the air kerma in the input surface of the skin of pediatric patients undergoing chest X-ray; Estimativa do produto kerma ar-area e do kerma ar na superficie de entrada da pele de pacientes pediatricos submetidos a radiografia de torax

    Villa-Chan, Beatriz; Carvalho, Aline; Andrade, Marcos Ely A.; Barros, Vinicius S.M. de; Khoury, Helen J., E-mail: beatrizvillachan@gmail.com, E-mail: alinecx90@gmail.com, E-mail: marcos.ely@gmail.com, E-mail: vsmdbarros@gmail.com, E-mail: hjkhoury@gmail.com [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, PE (Brazil). Dept. de Energia Nuclear

    2014-07-01

    The aim of this paper is to evaluate the entrance air kerma (Ka,e) and the product air kerma-area (Pka) for chest examinations performed with pediatric patients in a large public hospital of Recife. For this study 89 examinations of patient with ages from zero to 10 years old were evaluated. The results showed that the mean Ka,e values, for patients of 0-1 years old, 1-5 years old and 5-10 years old, were, respectively, 100 mGy, 120 mGy and 100 mGy. The Pka values for newborn patients range from 11,9 to 58,4 mGy.cm{sup 2}, for patients with 1 to 5 years old range from 17 to 192 mGy.cm{sup 2}, and from 30,4 to 136,2 mGy.cm{sup 2} for patients with ages from 5 to 10 years old. The differences in the Pka values are due the different dimensions of the radiation field. For the results its possible to conclude that the Pka values are high, in special for patients with ages from 1 to 5 years old, indicating that the collimation of the radiation field is not adequate. (author)

  4. Interlaboratory comparisons in kerma in the air measures and absorbed dose in water using 60Co beams in radiotherapy

    In order to ensure that the measures of a quantity have high reliability and traceability interlaboratory comparisons are performed. The LNMRI has participated in several these interlaboratory comparisons. In the period 2000-2013 the LNMRI participated in 5 interlaboratory comparisons for measurement of kerma coefficients in the air and absorbed dose coefficients in the water. The results of interlaboratory comparisons indicate that the measures taken are appropriate to the LNMRI regarding the accuracy and precision measuring of these quantities

  5. Comparison of the standards of air kerma of the ENEA-INMRI and the BIPM for 60Co γ rays

    A new comparison of the standards for air kerma of the Istituto Nazionale di Metrologia delle Radiazioni Ionizzanti of the Ente per le Nuove Tecnologie, l'Energia e l'Ambiente, Italy (ENEA-INMRI) and of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) has been carried out in 60Co radiation. The comparison result, expressed as a ratio of the ENEA and BIPM standards, is 1.0051 (0.0026). (authors)

  6. Comparison of the standards of air kerma of the LNMRI/IRD and the BIPM for 60Co γ rays

    A third comparison of the standards for air kerma of Laboratorio Nacional de Metrologia das Radiacoes Ionizantes/Institute de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (LNMRI/IRD), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) has been carried out in 60Co radiation. The comparison result is 1.0007 and demonstrates that the LNMRI/IRD and BIPM standards agree closely, as was the case for the previous comparisons in 1986 and 1996. (authors)

  7. Exposure and air-kerma standards for cobalt-60 gamma rays

    The implementation of the measuring conditions for the determination of the quantities exposure and air-kerma for Cobalt-60 gamma rays have been done at the Laboratorio Nacional de Metrologia das Radiacoes Ionizantes (LNMRI). Several years of work have already been done, and the results so far indicate that both quantities can be measured accordingly with the recommendations of the International Organizations and with uncertainties comparable with the ones practiced in similar laboratories. The comparisons done with the data obtained at the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures with their standards and experimental conditions have shown an excellent agreement, which strongly indicates that the LNMRI standards have an appropriate design and characteristics to be standards of high quality and performance. The efforts made during the last years to accomplish this aim, have been successful. Hence, the LNMRI is now in position to measure those quantities and to proceed with the periodical international intercomparisons in order to maintain the traceability to the International Metrology Network. (author)

  8. Calculation of conversion factor of Kerma in the air for ambient dose equivalent in radiotherapy

    This work aims to estimate the average conversion factor of Kerma in air to H * (10) using photon beams coming from clinic linear accelerators, transmitted through concrete walls of a radiotherapic treatment room. The transmitted photon spectra by both 1 meter and 2 meters concrete walls, in an area of 40 x 40 cm2, were calculated when the primary beam impart in an angle of 0 deg. The (secondary) photon beams transmitted respectively by 0,5 meter, 1,0 meter, 1,0 meter and 2,0 meter concrete walls, after they scattered by an angle of 90 deg in a cylindric phantom inside the room, were also determined. Generally, 50 millions of histories were computed for each simulation made for the primary beam. For the 90 deg spread, the number of histories was 100 millions. The computational code used on this work was the MCNP4B. The most common clinic accelerators used on radiotheraphic treatments were used on this work CLINAC-4, CLINAC-6, CLINAC-18 and CLINAC-2500. From the spectra analysis obtained in this work, it was possible to dispose the conversion factor for realistic beams found in radiotherapeutic establishment. (author)

  9. Air kerma standardization for diagnostic radiology, and requirements proposal for calibration laboratories

    The demand for calibration services and quality control in diagnostic radiology has grown in the country since the publication of the governmental regulation 453, issued by the Ministry of Health in 1998. At that time, to produce results facing the new legislation, many laboratories used different standards and radiation qualities, some of which could be inadequate. The international standards neither supplied consistent radiation qualities and standardization for the different types of equipment available. This situation changed with the publication of the new edition of the IEC 61267 standard, published in 2005. A metrology network was created, but it is not yet accredited by the accreditation organism of the country, INMETRO. The objective of this work was to implement the standardization of the air kerma for the un attenuated qualities (RQR) of IEC 61267, and to develop a requirement proposal for instruments calibration laboratories. Results of interlaboratory comparisons demonstrate that the quantity is standardized and internationally traceable. A laboratory requirement proposal was finalized and it shall be submitted to INMETRO to be used as auxiliary normative document in laboratory accreditation. (author)

  10. Entrance surface air kerma in x-ray systems for paediatric interventional cardiology: a national survey

    The aims of this work were to report the results of a national survey on entrance surface air kerma (ESAK) values for different phantom thicknesses and operation modes in paediatric interventional cardiology (IC) systems and to compare them with previous values. The national survey also offers suggested investigation levels (ILs) for ESAK in paediatric cardiac procedures. ESAK was measured on phantoms of 4-16 cm thickness of polymethyl methacrylate slabs. For low fluoroscopy mode (FM), ESAK rates ranged from 0.11 to 33.1 mGy min-1 and for high FM from 0.34 to 61.0 mGy min-1. For cine mode, values of ESAK per frame were from 1.9 to 78.2 μGy fr-1. The ILs were suggested as the third quartile of the values measured. This research showed lower ESAK values than in previous research, particularly for ESAK values in cine modes. This work represents a first step towards launching a national programme in paediatric dosimetry for IC procedures. (authors)

  11. Direct calibration of a reference standard against the air kerma strength primary standard, at 192Ir HDR energy

    The primary standard of low air kerma rate sources or beams, maintained at the Radiological Standards Laboratory (RSL) of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), is a 60 cm3 spherical graphite ionization chamber. A 192Ir HDR source was standardized at the hospital site in units of air kerma strength (AKS) using this primary standard. A 400 cm3 bakelite chamber, functioning as a reference standard at the RSL for a long period, at low air kerma rates (compared to external beam dose rates), was calibrated against the primary standard. It was seen that the primary standard and the reference standard, both being of low Z, showed roughly the same scatter response and yielded the same calibration factor for the 400 cm3 reference chamber, with or without room scatter. However, any likelihood of change in the reference chamber calibration factor would necessitate the re-transport of the primary standard to the hospital site for re-calibration. Frequent transport of the primary standard can affect the long-term stability of the primary standard, due to its movement or other extraneous causes. The calibration of the reference standard against the primary standard at the RSL, for an industrial type 192Ir source maintained at the laboratory, showed excellent agreement with the hospital calibration, making it possible to check the reference chamber calibration at RSL itself. Further calibration procedures have been developed to offer traceable calibration of the hospital well ionization chambers. (author)

  12. Air kerma standardization for diagnostic radiology, and requirements proposal for calibration laboratories; Padronizacao da grandeza Kerma no ar para radiodiagnostico e proposta de requisitos para laboratorios de calibracao

    Ramos, Manoel Mattos Oliveira

    2009-07-01

    The demand for calibration services and quality control in diagnostic radiology has grown in the country since the publication of the governmental regulation 453, issued by the Ministry of Health in 1998. At that time, to produce results facing the new legislation, many laboratories used different standards and radiation qualities, some of which could be inadequate. The international standards neither supplied consistent radiation qualities and standardization for the different types of equipment available. This situation changed with the publication of the new edition of the IEC 61267 standard, published in 2005. A metrology network was created, but it is not yet accredited by the accreditation organism of the country, INMETRO. The objective of this work was to implement the standardization of the air kerma for the un attenuated qualities (RQR) of IEC 61267, and to develop a requirement proposal for instruments calibration laboratories. Results of interlaboratory comparisons demonstrate that the quantity is standardized and internationally traceable. A laboratory requirement proposal was finalized and it shall be submitted to INMETRO to be used as auxiliary normative document in laboratory accreditation. (author)

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  14. Study and determination of the national dosimetric standards in terms of air kerma for X-rays radiation fields of low and medium-energies; Etude et realisation des references dosimetriques nationales en termes de kerma dans l'air pour les faisceaux de rayons X de basses et moyennes energies

    Ksouri, W

    2008-12-15

    Progress in radiation protection and radiotherapy, and the increased needs in terms of accuracy lead national metrology institutes to improve the standard. For ionizing radiation, the standard is defined by an absolute instrument used for air kerma rate measurement. The aim of the thesis is to establish standards, in terms of air kerma for X-rays beams of low and medium-energies. This work enables to complement the standard beam range of the Laboratoire National Henri Becquerel (LNHB). Two free-air chambers have been developed, WK06 for medium-energy and WK07 for low-energy. The air-kerma rate is corrected by several correction factors. Some are determined experimentally; and the others by using Monte Carlo simulations. The uncertainty budget of the air-kerma rate at one standard deviation has been established. These dosimetric standards were compared with those of counterparts' laboratories and are consistent in terms of degree of equivalence. (author)

  15. Conversion of Airborne Gamma ray Spectra to Ground Level Air Kerma Rates

    Bargholz, Kim; Korsbech, Uffe C C

    A new method for relating airborne gamma-ray spectra to dose rates and kerma rates at ground level is presented. Dependent on flying altitude 50 m to 125 m the method gives correct results for gamma energies above 250 keV respective 350 keV. At lower energies the method underestimate the dose or ...

  16. Distribution of kerma rate in the air inside of hemodynamic room for typical projections of interventionist cardiology procedures

    The evaluation of dose to physicians involved in Interventional Cardiology (IC) is an extreme important matter due to the high and non-uniform distribution of dose values. The radiation control during each procedure is complex and the reasons for the high exposures have many different causes. Many international recommendations have already been written aiming the radiation protection optimization in IC. In Brazil, there is not any special orientation for the protection of those occupational persons, nor a specific legislation. The purpose of this work is to evaluate the air kerma rate at critical anatomic regions of the occupationally exposed staff that carry out IC procedures, in representative incidences in order to give subsidies for individual monitoring procedures implementation and to give more information about their radiation protection. The air kerma rate has been measured in the often used condition in the two more common IC procedures namely angiography and coronary angioplasty, using an adult patient simulator irradiated under RAO, LAO and AP projections for fluoro and digital acquisition modes. The measurements have been made in 45 points around the examination table at 5 different representatives heights of: eyes lens, thorax, hands, gonads and knees. AP projection shows the smaller scattered radiation contributions and a more homogeneous exposure distribution. The digital acquisition mode gives air kerma rates about 4 times higher than fluoro mode for LAO projection in the position occupied by the interventionist doctor, the anesthetist and the nursing staff. The most critical anatomic regions are: knees and gonads (without protection). On the physician hands position, values as high as 5 mGy/h have been measured, which can overpass, depending on the number of procedures done, the individual occupational annual limit. Therefore, in IC it is necessary to implement additional protection tools, elaborate safety guides (based on international experiences and recommendations) and establish a permanent radiation protection training programs. (author)

  17. COOMET.RI(I)-K1 comparison of national measurement standards of air kerma for 60Co γ radiation

    Results are presented of the COOMET key comparison of the national measurement standards of air kerma for 60Co γ radiation. Participants of the comparison were PTB (Germany, pilot institute), VNIIM (Russia), SMU (Slovakia), BelGIM (Belarus), CPHR (Cuba) and RMTC (Latvia). PTB, VNIIM and SMU had previously taken part in a key comparison with the Bureau International de Poids et Mesures (BIPM) and operated as link laboratories in order to evaluate the degree of equivalence of the participants' results with the key comparison reference value. These data form the basis of the results entered into the BIPM key comparison database for comparison COOMET.RI(I)-K1. (authors)

  18. Air kerma to Hp(3) conversion coefficients for a new cylinder phantom for photon reference radiation qualities.

    Behrens, R

    2012-09-01

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has issued a standard series on photon reference radiation qualities (ISO 4037). In this series, no conversion coefficients are contained for the quantity personal dose equivalent at a 3 mm depth, H(p)(3). In the past, for this quantity, a slab phantom was recommended as a calibration phantom; however, a cylinder phantom much better approximates the shape of a human head than a slab phantom. Therefore, in this work, the conversion coefficients from air kerma to H(p)(3) for the cylinder phantom are supplied for X- and gamma radiation qualities defined in ISO 4037. PMID:22434922

  19. Comparison of the standards air-kerma of the SZMDM Yugoslavia and the BIPM 60Co γ rays

    A comparison of the standards of air kerma of the Savezni Zavod za Mere i Dragocene Metale (SZMDM) and of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) has been carried out in 60Co radiation. It shows that the SZMDM and BIPM standards differ by 0.79 % with a relative standard uncertainty of 1.8 x 10-3. This result is compatible with the previous comparison of 1991 when the changes in the corrections for the wall effect and for axial non-uniformity of the SZMDM standard are taken into account. (authors)

  20. Comparison of the standards of air kerma of the ENEA-INMRI and the BIPM for 137Cs gamma rays

    A comparison of the standards of air kerma of the Istituto Nazionale di Metrologia delle Radiazioni Ionizzanti of the Ente per le Nuove Tecnologie, l'Energia e l'Ambiente, Italy (ENEA-INMRI) and of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) was carried out in 137Cs radiation in 1998. The comparison result, updated for changes in the standards in 2003 and 2009, is 0.9927 (0.0067) and demonstrates that the ENEA-INMRI and BIPM standards are in agreement within the uncertainties. (authors)

  1. Comparison of the standards for air kerma of the ENEA-INMRI and the BIPM for 60Co gamma radiation

    A comparison of the standards of air kerma of the Istituto Nazionale di Metrologia delle Radiazioni Ionizzanti of the Ente per le Nuove Tecnologie, l'Energia e l'Ambiente, Italy (ENEA-INMRI) and of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) has been carried out in 60Co radiation. The comparison result, declared in 2002, is 1.0103 (0.0026). The difference between the ENEA-INMRI and BIPM standards is consistent with the various changes that have been introduced since the previous comparisons that were in agreement within the comparison uncertainties. (authors)

  2. Measurement of conversion coefficients between air Kerma and personal dose equivalent and backscatter factors for diagnostic X-ray beams

    Two sets of quantities are import in radiological protection: the protection and operational quantities. Both sets can be related to basic physical quantities such as kerma through conversion coefficients. For diagnostic x-ray beams the conversion coefficients and backscatter factors have not been determined yet, those parameters are need for calibrating dosimeters that will be used to determine the personal dose equivalent or the entrance skin dose. Conversion coefficients between air kerma and personal dose equivalent and backscatter factors were experimentally determined for the diagnostic x-ray qualities RQR and RQA recommended by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The air kerma in the phantom and the mean energy of the spectrum were measured for such purpose. Harshaw LiF-100H thermoluminescent dosemeters (TLD) were used for measurements after being calibrated against an 180 cm3 Radcal Corporation ionization chamber traceable to a reference laboratory. A 300 mm x 300 mm x 150 mm polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) slab phantom was used for deep-dose measurements. Tl dosemeters were placed in the central axis of the x-ray beam at 5, 10, 15, 25 and 35 mm depth in the phantom upstream the beam direction Another required parameter for determining the conversion coefficients from was the mean energy of the x-ray spectrum. The spectroscopy of x-ray beams was done with a CdTe semiconductor detector that was calibrated with 133 Ba, 241 Am and 57 Co radiation sources. Measurements of the x-ray spectra were carried out for all RQR and RQA IEC qualities. Corrections due to the detector intrinsic efficiency, total energy absorption, escape fraction of the characteristic x-rays, Compton effect and attenuation in the detector were done aiming an the accurate determination of the mean energy. Measured x-ray spectra were corrected with the stripping method by using these response functions. The typical combined standard uncertainties of conversion coefficients and backscatter factors were 12% and 6% respectively. (author)

  3. Air-kerma strength determination of a new directional 103Pd source

    Purpose: A new directional 103Pd planar source array called a CivaSheet™ has been developed by CivaTech Oncology, Inc., for potential use in low-dose-rate (LDR) brachytherapy treatments. The array consists of multiple individual polymer capsules called CivaDots, containing 103Pd and a gold shield that attenuates the radiation on one side, thus defining a hot and cold side. This novel source requires new methods to establish a source strength metric. The presence of gold material in such close proximity to the active 103Pd region causes the source spectrum to be significantly different than the energy spectra of seeds normally used in LDR brachytherapy treatments. In this investigation, the authors perform air-kerma strength (SK) measurements, develop new correction factors for these measurements based on an experimentally verified energy spectrum, and test the robustness of transferring SK to a well-type ionization chamber. Methods: SK measurements were performed with the variable-aperture free-air chamber (VAFAC) at the University of Wisconsin Medical Radiation Research Center. Subsequent measurements were then performed in a well-type ionization chamber. To realize the quantity SK from a directional source with gold material present, new methods and correction factors were considered. Updated correction factors were calculated using the MCNP 6 Monte Carlo code in order to determine SK with the presence of gold fluorescent energy lines. In addition to SK measurements, a low-energy high-purity germanium (HPGe) detector was used to experimentally verify the calculated spectrum, a sodium iodide (NaI) scintillating counter was used to verify the azimuthal and polar anisotropy, and a well-type ionization chamber was used to test the feasibility of disseminating SK values for a directional source within a cylindrically symmetric measurement volume. Results: The UW VAFAC was successfully used to measure the SK of four CivaDots with reproducibilities within 0.3%. Monte Carlo methods were used to calculate the UW VAFAC correction factors and the calculated spectrum emitted from a CivaDot was experimentally verified with HPGe detector measurements. The well-type ionization chamber showed minimal variation in response (<1.5%) as a function of source positioning angle, indicating that an American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Accredited Dosimetry Calibration Laboratory calibrated well chamber would be a suitable device to transfer an SK-based calibration to a clinical user. SK per well-chamber ionization current ratios were consistent among the four dots measured. Additionally, the measurements and predictions of anisotropy show uniform emission within the solid angle of the VAFAC, which demonstrates the robustness of the SK measurement approach. Conclusions: This characterization of a new 103Pd directional brachytherapy source helps to establish calibration methods that could ultimately be used in the well-established AAPM Task Group 43 formalism. Monte Carlo methods accurately predict the changes in the energy spectrum caused by the fluorescent x-rays produced in the gold shield

  4. Air-kerma strength determination of a new directional {sup 103}Pd source

    Aima, Manik, E-mail: aima@wisc.edu; Reed, Joshua L.; DeWerd, Larry A.; Culberson, Wesley S. [Department of Medical Physics, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53705 (United States)

    2015-12-15

    Purpose: A new directional {sup 103}Pd planar source array called a CivaSheet™ has been developed by CivaTech Oncology, Inc., for potential use in low-dose-rate (LDR) brachytherapy treatments. The array consists of multiple individual polymer capsules called CivaDots, containing {sup 103}Pd and a gold shield that attenuates the radiation on one side, thus defining a hot and cold side. This novel source requires new methods to establish a source strength metric. The presence of gold material in such close proximity to the active {sup 103}Pd region causes the source spectrum to be significantly different than the energy spectra of seeds normally used in LDR brachytherapy treatments. In this investigation, the authors perform air-kerma strength (S{sub K}) measurements, develop new correction factors for these measurements based on an experimentally verified energy spectrum, and test the robustness of transferring S{sub K} to a well-type ionization chamber. Methods: S{sub K} measurements were performed with the variable-aperture free-air chamber (VAFAC) at the University of Wisconsin Medical Radiation Research Center. Subsequent measurements were then performed in a well-type ionization chamber. To realize the quantity S{sub K} from a directional source with gold material present, new methods and correction factors were considered. Updated correction factors were calculated using the MCNP 6 Monte Carlo code in order to determine S{sub K} with the presence of gold fluorescent energy lines. In addition to S{sub K} measurements, a low-energy high-purity germanium (HPGe) detector was used to experimentally verify the calculated spectrum, a sodium iodide (NaI) scintillating counter was used to verify the azimuthal and polar anisotropy, and a well-type ionization chamber was used to test the feasibility of disseminating S{sub K} values for a directional source within a cylindrically symmetric measurement volume. Results: The UW VAFAC was successfully used to measure the S{sub K} of four CivaDots with reproducibilities within 0.3%. Monte Carlo methods were used to calculate the UW VAFAC correction factors and the calculated spectrum emitted from a CivaDot was experimentally verified with HPGe detector measurements. The well-type ionization chamber showed minimal variation in response (<1.5%) as a function of source positioning angle, indicating that an American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Accredited Dosimetry Calibration Laboratory calibrated well chamber would be a suitable device to transfer an S{sub K}-based calibration to a clinical user. S{sub K} per well-chamber ionization current ratios were consistent among the four dots measured. Additionally, the measurements and predictions of anisotropy show uniform emission within the solid angle of the VAFAC, which demonstrates the robustness of the S{sub K} measurement approach. Conclusions: This characterization of a new {sup 103}Pd directional brachytherapy source helps to establish calibration methods that could ultimately be used in the well-established AAPM Task Group 43 formalism. Monte Carlo methods accurately predict the changes in the energy spectrum caused by the fluorescent x-rays produced in the gold shield.

  5. Air kerma standard for calibration of well-type chambers in Brazil using 192Ir HDR sources and its traceability

    In Brazil there are over 100 high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy facilities using well-type chambers for the determination of the air kerma rate of 192Ir sources. This paper presents the methodology developed and extensively tested by the Laboratorio de Ciencias Radiologicas (LCR) and presently in use to calibrate those types of chambers. The system was initially used to calibrate six well-type chambers of brachytherapy services, and the maximum deviation of only 1.0% was observed between the calibration coefficients obtained and the ones in the calibration certificate provided by the UWADCL. In addition to its traceability to the Brazilian National Standards, the whole system was taken to University of Wisconsin Accredited Dosimetry Calibration Laboratory (UWADCL) for a direct comparison and the same formalism to calculate the air kerma was used. The comparison results between the two laboratories show an agreement of 0.9% for the calibration coefficients. Three Brazilian well-type chambers were calibrated at the UWADCL, and by LCR, in Brazil, using the developed system and a clinical HDR machine. The results of the calibration of three well chambers have shown an agreement better than 1.0%. Uncertainty analyses involving the measurements made both at the UWADCL and LCR laboratories are discussed.

  6. Comparison of air kerma standards for medium-energy x-radiation between the MKEH and the IAEA

    Csete, Istvn; Czap, Ladislav; Gomola, Igor

    2012-01-01

    A comparison of the air kerma standards for medium-energy x-radiation was performed between the MKEH and the IAEA. Two reference class ionization chambers of the IAEA, traceable to the PTB with volumes 1000 cm3 and 100 cm3, and the ISO 4037 N-40, N-60, N-120 and N-300 standard beam qualities were selected for the comparison. The calibration coefficients, NK, were determined for both chambers at the MKEH in August 2011 and before and after this at the IAEA Dosimetry Laboratory. The comparison ratio of the calibration coefficients normalized to the previous comparison results of the PTB and MKEH primary air kerma standards was in the range from 0.989 to 0.994 for the beam qualities used. The relative expanded (k = 2) uncertainty for each of these ratios is around 2%. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by EURAMET, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA).

  7. Key comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K1 of the air-kerma standards of the ININ, Mexico and the BIPM in 60Co gamma radiation

    A direct comparison of the standards for air kerma of the Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares (ININ), Mexico, and of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) was carried out in the 60Co radiation beam of the BIPM in 2012. The comparison result, evaluated as a ratio of the ININ and the BIPM standards for air kerma, is 1.0035 with a combined standard uncertainty of 2.1*10-3. The results are analysed and presented in terms of degrees of equivalence for entry in the BIPM key comparison database. (authors)

  8. Key comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K5 of the air kerma standards of the ININ, Mexico, and the BIPM in 137Cs gamma radiation

    A direct comparison of the standards for air kerma of the Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares (ININ), Mexico, and of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) was carried out in the 137Cs radiation beam of the BIPM in February 2015. The comparison result, evaluated as a ratio of the ININ and the BIPM standards for air kerma, is 1.0048 with a combined standard uncertainty of 2.0 * 10-3. The results are analysed and presented in terms of degrees of equivalence for entry in the BIPM key comparison database. (authors)

  9. Bilateral comparison COOMET.RI(I)-S2 of the air-kerma standards of the IAEA and the VNIIM, Russian Federation in medium energy x-rays

    A bilateral comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the IAEA and the VNIIM in the medium-energy x-ray range. The results show the standards to be in agreement at the level of the stated standard uncertainty for the comparison of 4.1 parts in 103. The comparison result, based on the calibration coefficients for a transfer chamber, is expressed as a ratio of the IAEA and the VNIIM standards for air kerma, suitable for entry in the BIPM key comparison database. (authors)

  10. Calculation of factors to convert from air kerma to absorbed dose to water for medium energy photons

    The IPEMB code of practice for the determination of absorbed dose for X-rays below 300 kV generating potential is a dedicated dosimetry protocol for the determination of absorbed dose based on the air kerma evaluation method for medium energy X-rays. Three separate energy ranges are dealt with in the code of practice, however, this report is only attempting to reproduce the factors in one particular range (0.5 - 4.0 nun Cu HVL) for X-rays generated at 135 and 280 kV. These X-ray qualities are used in the NPL therapy level calibration service. This new method includes the use of an air kerma calibration factor, NK, for the ionisation chamber, and the ratio of the mass-energy absorption coefficients of water to air and factors that account for the change in the response of a NE2561 ionisation chamber between calibration in air and measurement in a water phantom, kch, instead of the old F factor. This report describes the work that was undertaken to reproduce the product of the ratio of the mass-energy absorption coefficients of water to air and the kch factors. The majority of this work was carried out using Monte Carlo techniques based on the EGS4 code system. The factors calculated in this report were found to agree with values quoted in the IPEMB code of practice to within 4.2%. The quoted uncertainty for this work is 1.4% and the uncertainties for the factors quoted in the EPEMB code of practice are 3%. Hence this is reasonable agreement. Possible discrepancies in the values may be due either to limitations in the EGS4 code system, simplifications made in the chamber geometry or on the reliance on experimental data which is not quite applicable to its' use in this work. (author)

  11. Conversion coefficients from air kerma to personal dose equivalent Hp(3) fir eye-lens dosimetry

    This work has been performed within the frame of the European Union ORAMED project (Optimization of Radiation protection for Medical staff). The main goal of the project is to improve standards of protection for medical staff for procedure resulting in potentially high exposures and to develop methodologies for better assessing and for reducing exposures to medical staff. The Work Package WP2 is involved in the development of practical eye lens dosimetry in interventional radiology. This study is complementary of the part of the ENEA report concerning the calculations with the MCNP code of the conversion factors related to the operational quantity Hp(3). A set of energy and angular dependent conversion coefficients Hp(3)/Kair in the new proposed square cylindrical phantom of ICRU tissue, have been calculated with the Monte-Carlo code PENELOPE. The Hp(3) values have been determined in terms of absorbed dose, according to the definition of this quantity, and also with the kerma approximation as formerly reported in ICRU reports. At low photon energy, up to 1 MeV, the two sets of conversion coefficients are consistent. Nevertheless, the differences increase at higher energy. This is mainly due to the lack of electronic equilibrium, especially for small angle incidences. The values of the conversion coefficients obtained with the code MCNP published by ENEA, agree with the kerma approximation calculations with PENELOPE. They are coherent with previous calculations in phantoms different in shape. But above 1 MeV, differences between conversion coefficient values calculated with the absorbed dose and with kerma approximation are significantly increasing, especially at low incidence angles. At those energies the electron transport has to be simulated. (author)

  12. The performance of the INER improved free-air ionization chamber in the comparison of air kerma calibration coefficients for medium-energy X-rays

    Lee, J.-H. E-mail: jhlee@iner.gov.tw; Kotler, L.H.; Bueermann, Ludwig; Hwang, W.-S.; Chiu, J.-H.; Wang, C.-F

    2005-01-01

    This paper describes modifications to an original design, correction factors and uncertainty evaluations for an improved free-air ionization chamber constructed at the Institute of Nuclear Energy Research (INER, Taiwan). In addition, a comparison of secondary standard air kerma calibration coefficients for 100-250 kV medium-energy X-rays was performed to verify the experimental accuracy and measurement consistency of the improved chamber. The comparison results showed a satisfactory agreement in the measurements which were within the combined expanded uncertainties (k=2)

  13. The performance of the INER improved free-air ionization chamber in the comparison of air kerma calibration coefficients for medium-energy X-rays

    This paper describes modifications to an original design, correction factors and uncertainty evaluations for an improved free-air ionization chamber constructed at the Institute of Nuclear Energy Research (INER, Taiwan). In addition, a comparison of secondary standard air kerma calibration coefficients for 100-250 kV medium-energy X-rays was performed to verify the experimental accuracy and measurement consistency of the improved chamber. The comparison results showed a satisfactory agreement in the measurements which were within the combined expanded uncertainties (k=2)

  14. Dosimetric characteristics, air-kerma strength calibration and verification of Monte Carlo simulation for a new ytterbium-169 brachytherapy source

    Ytterbium-169 (169Yb) is a promising new isotope for brachytherapy with a half life of 32 days and an average photon energy of 93 KeV. It has an Ir-192-equivalent dose distribution in water but a much smaller half-value layer in lead (0.2 mm), affording improved radiation protection and customized shielding of dose-limiting anatomic structures. The goals of this study are to: (a) experimentally validate Monte Carlo photon transport dose-rate calculations for this energy range, (b) to develop a secondary air-kerma strength standard for 169Yb, and (c) to present essential treatment planning data including the transverse-axis dose-rate distribution and dose correction factors for a number of local shielding materials. Several interstitial 169Yb sources (type 6) and an experimental high dose-rate source were made available for this study. Monte Carlo photon-transport (MCPT) simulations, based upon validated geometric models of source structure, were used to calculate dose rates in water. To verify MCPT predictions, the transverse-axis dose distribution in homogeneous water medium was measured using a silicon-diode detector. For use in designing shielded applicators, heterogeneity correction factors (HCF) arising from small cylindrical heterogeneities of lead, aluminum, titanium, steel and air were measured in a water medium. Finally, to provide a sound experimental basis for comparing experimental and theoretical dose-rate distributions, the air-kerma strength of the sources was measured using a calibrated ion chamber. To eliminate the influence of measurement artifacts on the comparison of theory and measurement, simulated detector readings were compared directly to measured diode readings. The final data are presented in the format endorsed by the Interstitial Collaborative Working Group. 33 refs., 8 figs., 3 tabs

  15. Influence of photon energy spectra from brachytherapy sources on Monte Carlo simulations of kerma and dose rates in water and air

    Purpose: For a given radionuclide, there are several photon spectrum choices available to dosimetry investigators for simulating the radiation emissions from brachytherapy sources. This study examines the dosimetric influence of selecting the spectra for 192Ir, 125I, and 103Pd on the final estimations of kerma and dose. Methods: For 192Ir, 125I, and 103Pd, the authors considered from two to five published spectra. Spherical sources approximating common brachytherapy sources were assessed. Kerma and dose results from GEANT4, MCNP5, and PENELOPE-2008 were compared for water and air. The dosimetric influence of 192Ir, 125I, and 103Pd spectral choice was determined. Results: For the spectra considered, there were no statistically significant differences between kerma or dose results based on Monte Carlo code choice when using the same spectrum. Water-kerma differences of about 2%, 2%, and 0.7% were observed due to spectrum choice for 192Ir, 125I, and 103Pd, respectively (independent of radial distance), when accounting for photon yield per Bq. Similar differences were observed for air-kerma rate. However, their ratio (as used in the dose-rate constant) did not significantly change when the various photon spectra were selected because the differences compensated each other when dividing dose rate by air-kerma strength. Conclusions: Given the standardization of radionuclide data available from the National Nuclear Data Center (NNDC) and the rigorous infrastructure for performing and maintaining the data set evaluations, NNDC spectra are suggested for brachytherapy simulations in medical physics applications.

  16. Calculation of the correction factors for the primary standard of kerma in the air at the LNMRI-IRD, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    In order to determine the primary standardization in terms of kerma in the air, a graphite ionization chamber is used for calculation some correction factors. A program was elaborated, using the Monte Carlo Penelope for simulate the CC01-110 at the LNMRI/IRD, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  17. Construction of a laboratory for the implantation of primary standardization of the magnitude kerma in the air for the X-ray beams used in mammography

    Aiming to diminish the uncertainty in each phase of the metrological chain, and the uncertainty in dosimetry processed at the X-ray beam applied in the mammography, is necessary that the LNMRI/IRD to develop a reference primary standard for the absolute form to the magnitude kerma in the air

  18. Measurement of air kerma rates for 6- to 7-MeV high-energy gamma-ray field by ionisation chamber and build-up plate

    The 6- to 7-MeV high-energy gamma-ray calibration field by the 19F(p, αγ)16O reaction is to be served at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency. For the determination of air kerma rates using an ionisation chamber in the 6- to 7-MeV high-energy gamma ray field, the establishment of the charged particle equilibrium must be achieved during measurement. In addition to measurement of air kerma rates by the ionisation chamber with a thick build-up cap, measurement using the ionisation chamber and a build-up plate (BUP) was attempted, in order to directly determine air kerma rates under the condition of regular calibration for ordinary survey meters and personal dosemeters. Before measurements, Monte Carlo calculations were made to find the optimum arrangement of BUP in front of the ionisation chamber so that the charged particle equilibrium could be well established. Measured results imply that air kerma rates for the 6- to 7-MeV high-energy gamma-ray field could be directly determined under the appropriate condition using an ionisation chamber coupled with build-up materials. (authors)

  19. Comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K8 of high dose-rate Ir-192 brachytherapy standards for reference air kerma rate of the VSL and the BIPM

    Alvarez, J.T.; De Pooter, J.A.; Andersen, Claus E.; Aalbers, A.H.L.; Allisy-Roberts, P. J .; Kessler, C.

    2014-01-01

    An indirect comparison of the standards for reference air kerma rate for 192Ir high dose rate brachytherapy sources of the Dutch Metrology Institute (VSL), The Netherlands, and of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) was carried out at the VSL in November 2009. The comparison resu...

  20. Comparison of the air-kerma standards of the OMH and the BIPM in the medium-energy X-ray range

    An indirect comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the OMH and the BIPM in the medium-energy x-ray range. The results show the standards to be in agreement within the stated uncertainty, although there is evidence of a slight difference in the result at the 100 kV radiation quality. (authors)

  1. Comparison of the air-kerma standards of the VNIIM and the BIPM in the medium-energy X-ray range

    An indirect comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the VNIIM and the BIPM in the medium-energy x-ray range. The results show the standards to be in agreement within the stated uncertainty. (authors)

  2. COOMET regional comparison of national measurement standards of air kerma for 137Cs γ radiation at protection level

    Results are presented of the COOMET supplementary comparison of the national measurement standards for air kerma in 137Cs γ radiation at protection level (∼10 mGy/h). Ten National Metrology Institutes from the COOMET organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency participated in this COOMET project no. 445. The PTB acted as pilot laboratory. Two of the participants, the SMU (Slovakia) and the NSC-'IM' (Ukraine) participated in the measurements but did not submit a valid report of results. The comparison reference value (CRV) was obtained as the mean result of the PTB and the VNIIM, both of which had previously taken part in the key comparison BIPM-RI(I)-K5. The degree of equivalence with the CRV was evaluated. The results were consistent within the relative standard uncertainties of the comparison ranging from 0.28% to 1.3% and deviated from the CRV by less than 1%. (authors)

  3. COOMET.RI(I)-K1 comparison of national measurement standards of air kerma for {sup 60}Co {gamma} radiation

    Buermann, L. [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Braunschweig (Germany); Oborin, A.V. [D I Mendeleyev Institute for Metrology (VNIIM), St Petersburg (Russian Federation); Dobrovosky, J. [3 Slovensky Metrologicky Ustav (SMU), Bratislava (Slovakia); Milevsky, V.S. [Belarussian State Institute for Metrology (BelGIM), Minsk (Belarus); Walwyn Salas, G. [Centro de Proteccion e Higiene de las Radiaciones (CPHR), Habana (Cuba); Lapenas, A. [Radiation Metrology and Testing Centre of the Latvian National Metrology Centre Ltd (RMTC), Salaspils (Latvia)

    2009-12-15

    Results are presented of the COOMET key comparison of the national measurement standards of air kerma for {sup 60}Co {gamma} radiation. Participants of the comparison were PTB (Germany, pilot institute), VNIIM (Russia), SMU (Slovakia), BelGIM (Belarus), CPHR (Cuba) and RMTC (Latvia). PTB, VNIIM and SMU had previously taken part in a key comparison with the Bureau International de Poids et Mesures (BIPM) and operated as link laboratories in order to evaluate the degree of equivalence of the participants' results with the key comparison reference value. These data form the basis of the results entered into the BIPM key comparison database for comparison COOMET.RI(I)-K1. (authors)

  4. Reference dosimetry at the Australian Synchrotron's imaging and medical beamline using free-air ionization chamber measurements and theoretical predictions of air kerma rate and half value layer

    Purpose: Novel, preclinical radiotherapy modalities are being developed at synchrotrons around the world, most notably stereotactic synchrotron radiation therapy and microbeam radiotherapy at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France. The imaging and medical beamline (IMBL) at the Australian Synchrotron has recently become available for preclinical radiotherapy and imaging research with clinical trials, a distinct possibility in the coming years. The aim of this present study was to accurately characterize the synchrotron-generated x-ray beam for the purposes of air kerma-based absolute dosimetry. Methods: The authors used a theoretical model of the energy spectrum from the wiggler source and validated this model by comparing the transmission through copper absorbers (0.13.0 mm) against real measurements conducted at the beamline. The authors used a low energy free air ionization chamber (LEFAC) from the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency and a commercially available free air chamber (ADC-105) for the measurements. The dimensions of these two chambers are different from one another requiring careful consideration of correction factors. Results: Measured and calculated half value layer (HVL) and air kerma rates differed by less than 3% for the LEFAC when the ion chamber readings were corrected for electron energy loss and ion recombination. The agreement between measured and predicted air kerma rates was less satisfactory for the ADC-105 chamber, however. The LEFAC and ADC measurements produced a first half value layer of 0.405 0.015 and 0.412 0.016 mm Cu, respectively, compared to the theoretical prediction of 0.427 0.012 mm Cu. The theoretical model based upon a spectrum calculator derived a mean beam energy of 61.4 keV with a first half value layer of approximately 30 mm in water. Conclusions: The authors showed in this study their ability to verify the predicted air kerma rate and x-ray attenuation curve on the IMBL using a simple experimental method, namely, HVL measurements. The HVL measurements strongly supports the x-ray beam spectrum, which in turn has a profound effect on x-ray dosimetry.

  5. From Reference Air Kerma Rate to Nominal Absorbed Dose Rate to Water: Paradigm Shift in Photon Brachytherapy

    In brachytherapy (BT), photon radiation sources are presently calibrated in terms of the reference air kerma rate Kδ (or air kerma strength SK). By direct source calibration in terms of Dw,1, the nominal absorbed dose rate to water at the TG-43U1 reference position at 1 cm in water and with the ability to measure distributions of this quantity, the accuracy of clinical BT-dosimetry should increase due to decreased calibration uncertainties compared to present methods. Several Dw,1 primary standards are under development for high energy, high dose rate and low energy, low dose rate sources. To provide worldwide traceability and guidance for clinical medical physicists, an ISO standardization project, Clinical Dosimetry - Photon Radiation Sources Used in Brachytherapy, is considered, in continuation of ISO 21439 (2009) for beta sources. Clear terms and definitions are fundamental. Reclassification of BT-photon radiation qualities is also needed, introducing a range of medium energy photons with mean energies between 40 keV and 150 keV. Radionuclide BT-sources and electronic X ray BT-sources, BT-detectors and BT-phantoms should be characterized by sets of reference data, through which the clinical medical physicist could critically evaluate the data supplied by the manufacturer, prior to clinical application. Plastic scintillators have the potential for transfer standards of high accuracy and for verification measurements of BT-source output in phantoms. Based on and extending the AAPM TG-43U1 formalism, this planned ISO-standard will provide guidance for clinical BT-dosimetry in terms of absorbed dose to water and for estimating the uncertainties. (author)

  6. Distribution of kerma rate in the air inside of hemodynamic room for typical projections of interventionist cardiology procedures; Distribuicao da taxa de kerma no ar em uma sala de hemodinamica para projecoes tipicas de procedimentos de cardiologia intervencionista

    Sanchez, Mirtha Elizabet Gamarra

    2008-07-01

    The evaluation of dose to physicians involved in Interventional Cardiology (IC) is an extreme important matter due to the high and non-uniform distribution of dose values. The radiation control during each procedure is complex and the reasons for the high exposures have many different causes. Many international recommendations have already been written aiming the radiation protection optimization in IC. In Brazil, there is not any special orientation for the protection of those occupational persons, nor a specific legislation. The purpose of this work is to evaluate the air kerma rate at critical anatomic regions of the occupationally exposed staff that carry out IC procedures, in representative incidences in order to give subsidies for individual monitoring procedures implementation and to give more information about their radiation protection. The air kerma rate has been measured in the often used condition in the two more common IC procedures namely angiography and coronary angioplasty, using an adult patient simulator irradiated under RAO, LAO and AP projections for fluoro and digital acquisition modes. The measurements have been made in 45 points around the examination table at 5 different representatives heights of: eyes lens, thorax, hands, gonads and knees. AP projection shows the smaller scattered radiation contributions and a more homogeneous exposure distribution. The digital acquisition mode gives air kerma rates about 4 times higher than fluoro mode for LAO projection in the position occupied by the interventionist doctor, the anesthetist and the nursing staff. The most critical anatomic regions are: knees and gonads (without protection). On the physician hands position, values as high as 5 mGy/h have been measured, which can overpass, depending on the number of procedures done, the individual occupational annual limit. Therefore, in IC it is necessary to implement additional protection tools, elaborate safety guides (based on international experiences and recommendations) and establish a permanent radiation protection training programs. (author)

  7. SU-E-P-15: Technique Factor Modulation and Reference Plane Air Kerma Rates in Response to Simulated Patient Thickness Variations for a Sample of Current Generation Fluoroscopes

    Purpose: To evaluate and compare approaches to technique factor modulation and air kerma rates in response to simulated patient thickness variations for four state-of-the-art and one previous-generation interventional fluoroscopes. Methods: A polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) phantom was used as a tissue surrogate for the purposes of determining fluoroscopic reference plane air kerma rates, kVp, mA, and spectral filtration over a wide range of simulated tissue thicknesses. Data were acquired for each fluoroscopic and acquisition dose curve within a default abdomen or body imaging protocol. Results: The data obtained indicated vendor- and model-specific variations in the approach to technique factor modulation and reference plane air kerma rates across a range of tissue thicknesses. Some vendors have made hardware advances increasing the radiation output capabilities of their fluoroscopes; this was evident in the acquisition air kerma rates. However, in the imaging protocol evaluated, all of the state-of-the-art systems had relatively low air kerma rates in the fluoroscopic low-dose imaging mode as compared to the previous-generation unit. Each of the newest-generation systems also employ copper filtration in the selected protocol in the acquisition mode of imaging; this is a substantial benefit, reducing the skin entrance dose to the patient in the highest dose-rate mode of fluoroscope operation. Conclusion: Understanding how fluoroscopic technique factors are modulated provides insight into the vendor-specific image acquisition approach and provides opportunities to optimize the imaging protocols for clinical practice. The enhanced radiation output capabilities of some of the fluoroscopes may, under specific conditions, may be beneficial; however, these higher output capabilities also have the potential to lead to unnecessarily high dose rates. Therefore, all parties involved in imaging, including the clinical team, medical physicists, and imaging vendors, must work together to ensure that adequate but not excessive radiation doses are used

  8. Uncertainty evaluation of the kerma in the air, related to the active volume in the ionization chamber of concentric cylinders, by Monte Carlo simulation; Avaliacao de incerteza no kerma no ar, em relacao ao volume ativo da camara de ionizacao de cilindros concentricos, por simulacao de Monte Carlo

    Lo Bianco, A.S.; Oliveira, H.P.S.; Peixoto, J.G.P., E-mail: abianco@ird.gov.b [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Lab. Nacional de Metrologia das Radiacoes Ionizantes (LNMRI)

    2009-07-01

    To implant the primary standard of the magnitude kerma in the air for X-ray between 10 - 50 keV, the National Metrology Laboratory of Ionizing Radiations (LNMRI) must evaluate all the uncertainties of measurement related with Victtoren chamber. So, it was evaluated the uncertainty of the kerma in the air consequent of the inaccuracy in the active volume of the chamber using the calculation of Monte Carlo as a tool through the Penelope software

  9. Calculation of the uncertainty associated to the result of entrance surface air kerma for conventional radiology patients

    Radiation doses from diagnostic radiology are the largest contribution to the collective dose and the use of guidance (reference levels) has proven to be a tool for optimization of protection. Recently, with the support of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), eight countries of the Latin-American region have been working together on a programme to test methodologies for determining preliminary values of guidance levels for X-ray chest, lumbar spine and breast examinations. The approach used was to obtain entrance surface air kerma from measurements of X-ray tube outputs, corrected for distance and backscatter and later for real exposure parameters used with patients. For quality control, some of these values for a reduced number of patients were compared with direct TLD measurements directly placed on the patient during exposure. Given the number of parameters involved in the two methods, relatively large differences are deemed to be found in the comparison. The only way of deciding if measurements and calculations are outliers, for example, due to a systematic error or a mistake, is to compare these differences with the combined uncertainty. The aim of this paper is to present (in a detailed way) the methodology used in the pilot program ARCAL LXXV, the analyses of data performed within the survey and the estimated uncertainty. The parameters analyzed were: precision of the readings, positioning of the detector, reproducibility of the mAs and kV, long term stability of the instrument, radiation quality, kerma rate, radiation incidence, field size and field homogeneity, calibration factor of the equipment, temperature and pressure measurement, X-ray tube output curve adjustment, backscatter factor and focus-patient distance. The combined standard uncertainty for Ke in chest radiography in adult patients of standard complexion, was 12%, and the expanded uncertainty (k=2) was 24%. (author)

  10. Bilateral comparison COOMET.RI(I)-S2 of the air-kerma standards of the IAEA and the VNIIM, Russian Federation in medium energy x-rays

    Czap, L.; Gomola, I.; Oborin, A. V.; Villevalde, A. Y.

    2014-01-01

    A bilateral comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the IAEA and the VNIIM in the medium-energy x-ray range. The results show the standards to be in agreement at the level of the stated standard uncertainty for the comparison of 4.1 parts in 103. The comparison result, based on the calibration coefficients for a transfer chamber, is expressed as a ratio of the IAEA and the VNIIM standards for air kerma, suitable for entry in the BIPM key comparison database. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCRI, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA).

  11. Comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K8 of high dose-rate Ir-192 brachytherapy standards for reference air kerma rate of the NMIJ and the BIPM

    Kessler, C.; Kurosawa, T.; Mikamoto, T.

    2016-01-01

    An indirect comparison of the standards for reference air kerma rate for 192Ir high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy sources of the National Metrology Institute of Japan (AIST-NMIJ), Japan, and of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) was carried out at the Japan Radioisotope Association (JRIA) in April 2015. The comparison result, based on the calibration coefficients for a transfer standard and expressed as a ratio of the NMIJ and the BIPM standards for reference air kerma rate, is 1.0036 with a combined standard uncertainty of 0.0054. Main text To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCRI, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA).

  12. Evaluation of conversion coefficients relating air-kerma to H*(10) using primary and transmitted x-ray spectra in the diagnostic radiology energy range.

    Santos, J C; Mariano, L; Tomal, A; Costa, P R

    2016-03-01

    According to the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements (ICRU), the relationship between effective dose and incident air-kerma is complex and depends on the attenuation of x-rays in the body. Therefore, it is not practical to use this quantity for shielding design purposes. This correlation is adopted in practical situations by using conversion coefficients calculated using validated mathematical models by the ICRU. The ambient dose equivalent, H*(10), is a quantity adopted by the IAEA for monitoring external exposure. Dose constraint levels are established in terms of H*(10), while the radiation levels in radiometric surveys are calculated by means of the measurements of air-kerma with ion chambers. The resulting measurements are converted into ambient dose equivalents by conversion factors. In the present work, an experimental study of the relationship between the air-kerma and the operational quantity ambient dose equivalent was conducted using different experimental scenarios. This study was done by measuring the primary x-ray spectra and x-ray spectra transmitted through materials used in dedicated chest radiographic facilities, using a CdTe detector. The air-kerma to ambient dose equivalent conversion coefficients were calculated from these measured spectra. The resulting values of the quantity ambient dose equivalent using these conversion coefficients are more realistic than those available in the literature, because they consider the real energy distribution of primary and transmitted x-ray beams. The maximum difference between the obtained conversion coefficients and the constant value recommended in national and international radiation protection standards is 53.4%. The conclusion based on these results is that a constant coefficient may not be adequate for deriving the ambient dose equivalent. PMID:26835613

  13. Measuring instruments of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt for realization of the units of the dosimetric quantities standard ion dose, photon-equivalent dose and air-kerma

    The realization of the units of the dosimetric quantities exposure, air-kerma and photon-equivalent dose is an important task of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt. The report describes the measuring instruments and other technical equipment as well as the determination of the numerous corrections needed. All data and correction factors required for the realization of the units mentioned above are given in many diagrams and tables. (orig.)

  14. Key comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K3 of the air-kerma standards of the BEV, Austria and the BIPM in medium-energy x-rays

    A key comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the BEV, Austria and the BIPM in the medium-energy x-ray range. The results show the standards to be in general agreement at the level of the expanded uncertainty (k = 2) of the comparison of 6.4 parts in 103. The results are analysed and presented in terms of degrees of equivalence, suitable for entry in the BIPM key comparison database. (authors)

  15. Key comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K2 of the air-kerma standards of the NMIJ and the BIPM in low-energy x-rays

    A key comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the NMIJ and the BIPM in the low-energy X-ray range. The results show the standards to be in agreement within the expanded uncertainty, although there is evidence of a trend in the results for different radiation qualities. The results are analysed and presented in terms of degrees of equivalence, suitable for entry in the BIPM key comparison database. (authors)

  16. Key comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K2 of the air-kerma standards of the NRC, Canada and the BIPM in low-energy x-rays

    A key comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the NRC and the BIPM in the low-energy X-ray range. The results show the standards to be in agreement at the level of the combined standard uncertainty of 2.8 parts in 103. The results are analysed and presented in terms of degrees of equivalence, suitable for entry in the BIPM key comparison database. (authors)

  17. Key comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K2 of the air-kerma standards of the PTB, Germany and the BIPM in low-energy x-rays

    A key comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the PTB, Germany and the BIPM in the low-energy X-ray range. The results show the standards to be in agreement at the level of the standard uncertainty of the comparison of 2.1 parts in 103. The results are analysed and presented in terms of degrees of equivalence, suitable for entry in the BIPM key comparison database. (authors)

  18. Key comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K2 of the air-kerma standards of the BEV, Austria and the BIPM in low-energy x-rays

    A key comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the BEV and the BIPM in the low-energy x-ray range. The results show the standards to be in agreement at the level of the combined standard uncertainty of 4.7 parts in 103. The results are analysed and presented in terms of degrees of equivalence, suitable for entry in the BIPM key comparison database. (authors)

  19. Comparison of the air-kerma standards of the ENEA-INMRI and the BIPM in the low-energy X-ray range

    A direct comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the ENEA-INMRI and the BIPM in the low-energy x-ray range. The results show the standards to be in agreement to around 0.35 % at reference beam qualities up to 50 kV. Measurements were also made at the 80 kV quality in order to estimate the electron-loss correction for the ENEA standard at this quality. (authors)

  20. COOMET regional comparison of national measurement standards of air kerma for 137Cs γ radiation at protection level

    Büermann, L.; Oborin, A. V.; Milevsky, V. S.; Walwyn Salas, G.; Sukhishvili, S.; Ginga, I.; Ivanov, R.; Gudelis, A.; Gomola, I.

    2014-01-01

    Results are presented of the COOMET supplementary comparison of the national measurement standards for air kerma in 137Cs γ radiation at protection level (~10 mGy/h). Ten National Metrology Institutes from the COOMET organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency participated in this COOMET project no. 445. The PTB acted as pilot laboratory. Two of the participants, the SMU (Slovakia) and the NSC-'IM' (Ukraine) participated in the measurements but did not submit a valid report of results. The comparison reference value (CRV) was obtained as the mean result of the PTB and the VNIIM, both of which had previously taken part in the key comparison BIPM-RI(I)-K5. The degree of equivalence with the CRV was evaluated. The results were consistent within the relative standard uncertainties of the comparison ranging from 0.28% to 1.3% and deviated from the CRV by less than 1%. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCRI, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA).

  1. Comparison of the air kerma standards of the IAEA and the BIPM in mammography x-rays

    The Dosimetry Laboratory of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Seibersdorf, Austria, calibrates reference standards in mammography x-ray beams for IAEA/WHO SSDL Network members (more than 80 laboratories worldwide). As a signatory of the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA), the IAEA laboratory maintains a Quality Management System (QMS) complying with ISO 17025 and requires updated 'supporting evidence' for its dosimetry calibration and measurement capabilities (CMC), first published in Appendix C of the CIPM MRA key comparison database in 2007. For this purpose, an indirect comparison has been made between the air kerma standards of the IAEA and the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) in the mammography x-ray range from 25 kV to 35 kV, using as transfer instruments two thin-window parallel-plate ionization chambers belonging to the IAEA. The IAEA and BIPM standards for mammography x-rays are shown to be in agreement within the standard uncertainty of the comparison of 5.5 parts in 103. This agreement can be used to support the calibration and measurements capabilities of the IAEA listed in Appendix C of the key comparison database. (authors)

  2. Kerma in the air at entry surface in thorax pediatric examinations at public hospital in Parana, Brazil

    This work consisted in the evaluation of the entrance skin air kerma (ESAK) in pediatric chest x-ray examinations. A study of 186 exams in anterior-posterior, posterior-anterior and lateral projections was carried out for patients with ages ranging from 0 to 15 years. The ESAK was measured with the DoseCal software and Li-Fl thermoluminescent dosimeters. The results were compared with measurements done recently at the same place and with the reference dose values established by the European Community. It was observed that the optimization of the technique and the routine changes suggested in the previous study were not maintained. The charge (mAs) and the ESAK values found in the present study were much higher than the previous one, and the voltage (kVp) values found was lower. The results suggest that the implementation of the Quality Assurance Program could adequate these parameters to the established levels and keep the pediatric examinations more uniform. (author)

  3. Calibration of a 7.6 cm x 7.6 cm (3 inch x 3 inch) Sodium Iodide Gamma Ray Spectrometer for Air Kerma Rate

    An experimental procedure is described for converting a gamma ray spectral measurement from a 7.6 cm x 7.6 cm (3 inch x 3 inch) sodium iodide (NaI) detector to air kerma rate. The calibration procedure involves measuring the energy deposited in the detector using 10 radioactive sources of known activity covering an energy range from 60 keV to 1836 keV. For each of the 10 sources, gamma ray spectra were measured with the source at different angles to the detector axis. The total energy deposited in the detector for the ten sources was confirmed by Monte Carlo calculations. The spectra measured at different angles were combined to produce a spectrum that would represent a homogeneous semi-infinite source of radiation. The resultant spectrum was then subdivided into 10 energy regions. Based on the known air kerma rates due to the sources, a calibration coefficient was calculated for each of the 10 energy regions. These calibration coefficients could then be used to convert the energy deposited in the 10 regions of an unknown spectrum to air kerma rate. The calibration procedure was confirmed by comparing the results from the detector with those from calibrated collimated beams of 137Cs and 60Co. A comparison of measurements using a calibrated pressurised ionisation chamber with those from a similar NaI spectrometer in Finland provided additional confirmation of the calibration procedure. (author)

  4. Calibration of a 7.6 cm x 7.6 cm (3 inch x 3 inch) Sodium Iodide Gamma Ray Spectrometer for Air Kerma Rate

    Grasty, R.L.; Walters, B.R.B.; Hovgaard, J.; LaMarre, J.R

    2001-07-01

    An experimental procedure is described for converting a gamma ray spectral measurement from a 7.6 cm x 7.6 cm (3 inch x 3 inch) sodium iodide (NaI) detector to air kerma rate. The calibration procedure involves measuring the energy deposited in the detector using 10 radioactive sources of known activity covering an energy range from 60 keV to 1836 keV. For each of the 10 sources, gamma ray spectra were measured with the source at different angles to the detector axis. The total energy deposited in the detector for the ten sources was confirmed by Monte Carlo calculations. The spectra measured at different angles were combined to produce a spectrum that would represent a homogeneous semi-infinite source of radiation. The resultant spectrum was then subdivided into 10 energy regions. Based on the known air kerma rates due to the sources, a calibration coefficient was calculated for each of the 10 energy regions. These calibration coefficients could then be used to convert the energy deposited in the 10 regions of an unknown spectrum to air kerma rate. The calibration procedure was confirmed by comparing the results from the detector with those from calibrated collimated beams of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 60}Co. A comparison of measurements using a calibrated pressurised ionisation chamber with those from a similar NaI spectrometer in Finland provided additional confirmation of the calibration procedure. (author)

  5. Spatial distribution of air kerma rate and impact of accelerating voltage on the quality of an ultra soft X-ray beam generated by a cold cathode tube in air

    Ultrasoft X-ray characteristic aluminum K alpha line (Al Kα with energy of 1.5 keV) is used in radiobiological experiments to study the effect of radiation on biological matter. A simple method to generate a continuous beam of those X-ray radiations is to bombarding an aluminum target with accelerated electrons using high voltage (HV). In this work, by varying the HV we study the characteristics of a photon beam generated by means of a cold cathode transmission X-ray tube. The anode is a thin (16 μm) aluminum foil supported by a copper grid. The spatial distribution of air kerma is measured using gafchromic films of HD-810 calibrated with a parallel plate free-air ionization chamber. We show that HV strongly modifies the energetic spectrum and air kerma rate as well as its uniformity and intensity in air. - Highlights: • We measured energy spectrum of X-ray beam. • We calibrate the Gafchromic films to measure air kerma of X-ray beam. • Spatial air kerma rate is determined and interpreted. • We define dimensions and position of future biological sample irradiation using Al Kα X-ray

  6. Evaluation of entrance skin air kerma in digital and conventional pediatric chest examinations performed in Parana-Brazil

    Full text: In pediatric radiology it is important to evaluate patient exposure due to the high sensitivity of his/her tissue and his/her relatively longer life expectancy, which may increase the chance of radiogenic cancer development. Special attention is necessary when digital systems are used since a high dosage level for the patient may go unnoticed because the resulting image is not overexposed. The purpose of this work is to evaluate the Entrance Skin Air Kerma (ESAK) in pediatric patients submitted to digital and conventional chest examinations performed in the State of Parana, located in the Southern region of Brazil. The survey was performed in two hospitals, one located in Curitiba, the Capital of the State (A) and the other in the city of Cascavel (B). Hospital A uses a conventional image system and Hospital B uses a CR digital system. The study group consisted of 50 patients (from 2 days to six years of age) undergoing chest PA/AP examinations. At the time of the examination, the exposure parameters (kV, mAs, focal-film distance, etc) and the gender, height, weight and age of the patient were recorded. To evaluate the Entrance Skin Air Kerma (ESAK), two TLD-100 dosimeters were packaged in a polyethylene case, heat sealed and placed on the surface of each patient. The TLDs were calibrated the Metrology Laboratory of Ionizing Radiation of the Federal University of Pernambuco. The TLDs were processed on a Victoreen readout system model 2800M. The results showed that the kilovoltage values used in Hospital A are in the range of 46 to 65 kV with the average value of 51,7 kV, while the ones in Hospital B are in the range of 65 to 80 kV. On the other hand, even though hospital B uses the CR system, the mAs used for the chest exams are 4 times higher than the ones used in Hospital A. For Hospital A, the mean ESAK value was 0.044 mGy (min: 0.08 and max 0.146 mGy), and for Hospital B the mean ESAK value was 0.368 mGy (min: 0.021 and max 1.21mGy). The results made it clear that the pediatric chest images produced with the digital system are not optimized and the doses are very high when compared with the film system. It is possible to conclude that the introduction of advanced technologies in the radiographic clinics not necessary represents a reduction of the patient dose. Reduction of patient dose requires optimization of the whole imaging chain, and this includes the information for the technicians. (author)

  7. Comparison of the air kerma standards of the IAEA and the BIPM in mammography x-rays

    Kessler, C.; Burns, D. T.; Czap, L.; Csete, I.; Gomola, I.

    2013-01-01

    The Dosimetry Laboratory of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Seibersdorf, Austria, calibrates reference standards in mammography x-ray beams for IAEA/WHO SSDL Network members (more than 80 laboratories worldwide). As a signatory of the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA), the IAEA laboratory maintains a Quality Management System (QMS) complying with ISO 17025 and requires updated 'supporting evidence' for its dosimetry calibration and measurement capabilities (CMC), first published in Appendix C of the CIPM MRA key comparison database in 2007. For this purpose, an indirect comparison has been made between the air kerma standards of the IAEA and the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) in the mammography x-ray range from 25 kV to 35 kV, using as transfer instruments two thin-window parallel-plate ionization chambers belonging to the IAEA. The IAEA and BIPM standards for mammography x-rays are shown to be in agreement within the standard uncertainty of the comparison of 5.5 parts in 103. This agreement can be used to support the calibration and measurements capabilities of the IAEA listed in Appendix C of the key comparison database. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCRI, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA).

  8. Coomet Project 445: Comparison of National Measurement Standards of Air Kerma for Cs-137 Gamma Radiation at Protection Level

    A COOMET supplementary comparison of the national measurement standards of air kerma for Cs-137 gamma radiation at protection level (∼10 mGy/h) was carried out between May 2011 and February 2013. Participants were VNIIM (Russia), BelGIM (Belarus), CPHR (Cuba), GEOSTM (Georgia), INSM (Moldova), NSC-'IM' (Ukraine), SMU (Slovakia), PTB (Germany), BIM (Bulgaria), VMT/FTMC (Lithuania) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The PTB acted as the pilot laboratory. The comparison reference value (CRV) was obtained as the mean of the results obtained by PTB and VNIIM, both of which had previously taken part in the key comparison BIPM-RI (I)-K5. Results will be published in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database (KCDB) using the identifier COOMET.RI(I)-S1 as soon as the Draft B report is accepted. The comparison was organized within an extended COOMET project (identified as Project 445/DE/08), the aim of which was not only to compare national standards but also for educational purposes. Some of the participants had taken part in such a comparison for the first time and, therefore, an introductory seminar was held at PTB in May 2011. The seminar was open for participation also to those countries of the COOMET region which did not participate in the comparison and to nonMRA signatories and countries without an approved quality management system in order to acquire measurement routine and theoretical as well as organizational knowledge for future comparisons. The main goal of this seminar was to prepare the participants for the procedure of having entries accepted for the CMC list in the metrological area of Ionising Radiation, Section I, x and gamma rays

  9. Air kerma national standard of Russian Federation for x-ray and gamma radiation. Activity SSDL/VNIIM in medical radiation dosimetry field

    Primary standard of unities air kerma and air kerma rate X-ray and gamma radiation, placed at VNIIM, consists of: plate-parallel free-air ionization chamber IK 10-60 for low-energy X-ray in the generating potential range from 10 to 50 kV; plate-parallel free-air ionization chamber IK 50-400 for medium-energy X-ray in the generating potential range from 50 to 300 kV; cavity cylindrical graphite chambers C1 and C30 with volumes 1 cm3 and 30 cm3 for reproduction and transmission the dimensions gamma radiation unities using Cs-137 and Co-60 sources. The next irradiation facilities are used at VNIIM: in low-energy X-ray range: a constant-potential high-voltage generator and a tungsten-anode Xray tube with inherent filtration of around 1 mm Be; in medium-energy X-ray range: set on the basis of an industrial X-ray apparatus Isovolt-400 and a tungsten-anode X-ray tube with inherent filtration of around 3,5 mm Al; in gamma radiations field: units with a radioactive sources Cs-137 with activity 140 and 1200 GBq and Co-60 with activity 120 GBq and irradiation set with a source from Co-60 (activity 3200 GBq). The last one belongs to Central Research Institute for Radiology and Roentgenology (CNIRRI). For measuring currents and charges of standard chambers we use electrometers such as Keithley of model 6517A and B7-45 manufactured by 'Belvar' (Republic Belarus). The reference radiation qualities L, N, H series according to ISO 4037 and the radiation qualities RQR, RQA and RQF according to IEC 61267 for calibration and verification of the therapeutic, diagnostic measurement means are realized in the low-energy and medium-energy X-ray standards. The VNIIM air kerma primary standard of has been participated in the international comparisons: key comparison BIPM.R1(I)-K1 for gamma radiation of Co-60 in 1997; supplementary comparisons BIPM.R1(I)-S10 for gamma radiation of Cs-137 in 1997; key comparison BIPM.R1(I)-K2 for low-energy X-ray range in 1998; key comparison BIPM.R1(I)-K3 for medium-energy X-ray range in 1998. The results of comparisons are presented in the table 1. Dimensions of unities of air kerma and air kerma rate are transmitted from primary standard to secondary standards with expanded uncertainty from 1,3 to 2,5 % (k=2), which are including and at laboratory SSDL/VNIIM and base dosimetry laboratory CNIRRI. The comparisons of secondary standards with the primary standard VNIIM are performed one time in 5 years. The laboratory SSDL/VNIIM is the component of state primary standards laboratory in the field of measurement ionizing radiations VNIIM. SSDL/VNIIM has the secondary standard - universal dosimeter UNIDOS with ionization chambers of volume from 0,6 cm3 to 10 liters, radioactive sources from Fe-55, Cd-109, Am-241, Cs-137 and Co-60 with activity from 0,03 to 140 GBq. The primary standard equipment and facility on the basis industrial X-ray apparatus YRD-1 with a tungsten-anode X-ray tube and inherent filtration of around 3 mm Al (at generating potential from 50 to 250 kV) are used for calibration dosimetric devices in the field X-ray. There is termoluminescence dosimetric system such as KDT-02M with TL detectors from LiF for spending audit measurements by method 'dose-post'. Laboratory SSDL/VNIIM and base dosimetric laboratory CNIRRI are carried out calibrations and verifications of air kerma and air kerma rate reference standards and working measurement means for X-ray and gamma therapy and diagnostics, belonging to the oncology and diagnostic centers, clinics and hospitals. The laboratory CNIRRI fulfils the verification of measurement means and supervision of the application in the medical radiology, but the regional departments of radial diagnostics put into practice monitoring of doses, obtained by patients and staff at fulfilling of diagnostic and medical procedures. The diagnostic and clinical dosimeters are calibrated directly under the primary standard of air kerma and air kerma rate for achievement the highest accuracy. At 2000-2001 this calibrations were carried out for the Belarusian Research Institute of Oncology and Medical Radiology, Belarusian Center of the Standards, Standardization and Metrology, Kaliningrad regional hospital, Research Institute of Oncology by N.N.Petrov (St. Petersburg). The laboratory SSDL/VNIIM takes part in the programs of IAEA and team works with the St. Petersburg Research Institute of Physics Health, inspection of doses, let going to the patients at medical procedures, and also spends trials of the new native and foreign dosimetric equipment, applied in medicine

  10. Comparison of the air-kerma standards of the NPL and the BIPM in the low and medium-energy X-ray ranges

    The air-kerma standards of the NPL and the BIPM have been compared in the low- and medium-energy x-ray ranges. The results for the low-energy comparison show the standards to be in agreement at the level of one standard uncertainty. At medium energies a slight trend with radiation quality is evident, with agreement at the level of one standard uncertainty for 100 kV rising to over two standard uncertainties for 250 kV. In relation to previous comparisons, the good stability of the standards over a period of twenty years is demonstrated. (authors)

  11. Key comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K2 of the air-kerma standards of the NIST, USA and the BIPM in low-energy x-rays

    A key comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the NIST and the BIPM in the low-energy x-ray range. The results show the standards to be in general agreement at the level of the combined standard uncertainty for the comparison of 4.1 parts in 103, although the results for the different radiation qualities show variations that are larger than would be expected. The results are analysed and presented in terms of degrees of equivalence, suitable for entry in the BIPM key comparison database. (authors)

  12. Key comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K2 of the air-kerma standards of the ARPANSA and the BIPM in low-energy X-rays

    A key comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the ARPANSA and the BIPM in the low-energy X-ray range. The results show the standards to be in agreement at the level of the combined standard uncertainty of 7.0 parts in 103 for the 10 kV radiation quality and 3.7 parts in 103 for all other beam qualities. The results are analysed and presented in terms of degrees of equivalence, suitable for entry in the BIPM key comparison database. (authors)

  13. Key comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K3 of the air-kerma standards of the MKEH, Hungary and the BIPM in medium-energy x-rays

    A key comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the MKEH, Hungary and the BIPM in the medium-energy x-ray range. The results show the standards to be in agreement within the standard uncertainty for the comparison of 3.4 parts in 103. No significant trend is observed in the results for the different radiation qualities. The results are analysed and presented in terms of degrees of equivalence, suitable for entry in the BIPM key comparison database. (authors)

  14. Revised comparison of the standards for air kerma of the ENEA-INMRI and the BIPM for 60Co gamma rays

    In 1998 a comparison of the standards of air kerma of the Istituto Nazionale di Metrologia delle Radiazioni Ionizzanti of the Ente per le Nuove Tecnologie, l'Energia e l'Ambiente, Italy (ENEA-INMRI) and of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) was carried out in 60Co radiation. The comparison result, declared in 2003, is 1.0044 (0.0026) and demonstrates that the ENEA-INMRI and BIPM standards are in agreement within the expanded uncertainty (k = 2). (authors)

  15. Proposed specification for a primary standard of air kerma for sup 6 sup 0 Co, sup 1 sup 3 sup 7 Cs and sup 1 sup 9 sup 2 Ir gamma-ray sources

    Angliss, R; Nutbrown, R

    2001-01-01

    The three cavity chambers, the mean response of which constitutes the primary standard of air kerma for sup 6 sup 0 Co and sup 1 sup 3 sup 7 Cs gamma-rays in the United Kingdom, have been in continuous, almost daily, use at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) since 1956. These chambers were initially designed for use with 2 MV X-rays at therapy level air kerma rates. However since 1978 they have also been used for protection level air kerma rates, initially, with X-rays generated at 1 MV and 2 MV and more recently with sup 6 sup 0 Co and sup 1 sup 3 sup 7 Cs gamma-rays. They have been used for therapy level air kerma calibrations with sup 6 sup 0 Co gamma-rays since 1997 following the demise of the NPL 2 MV Van de Graaff generator. This report describes the proposals for a new primary standard and the methods that will be used to give a better performance than the present standard when used with air kerma rates from as high as 1 Gy min sup - sup 1 down to 10 mGy hr sup - sup 1. The design will also seek to...

  16. Calculation of the correction factors for the primary standard of kerma in the air at the LNMRI-IRD, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Calculo de fatores de correcao para o padrao primario em kerma no ar do LNMRI-IRD, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

    Silva, Cosme Norival Mello da, E-mail: cosme@ird.gov.b [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Lab. Nacional de Metrologia das Radiacoes Ionizantes (LNMRI)

    2009-07-01

    In order to determine the primary standardization in terms of kerma in the air, a graphite ionization chamber is used for calculation some correction factors. A program was elaborated, using the Monte Carlo Penelope for simulate the CC01-110 at the LNMRI/IRD, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  17. Construction of a laboratory for the implantation of primary standardization of the magnitude kerma in the air for the X-ray beams used in mammography; Construcao de um laboratorio para a implantacao da padronizacao primaria da grandeza kerma no ar para os feixes de raios X empregados em mamografia

    Cardozo, W.L.; Magalhes, L.A.A.M.F.; Peixoto, J.G.P., E-mail: wagnerlc@ird.gov.b [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Lab. Nacional de Metrologia das Radiacoes Ionizantes (LNMRI)

    2009-07-01

    Aiming to diminish the uncertainty in each phase of the metrological chain, and the uncertainty in dosimetry processed at the X-ray beam applied in the mammography, is necessary that the LNMRI/IRD to develop a reference primary standard for the absolute form to the magnitude kerma in the air

  18. Kerma in the air at entry surface in thorax pediatric examinations at public hospital in Parana, Brazil; Kerma no ar na superficie de entrada em exames pediatricos de torax em hospital publico no Parana, Brasil

    Santos, Amanda; Porto, Lorena; Bunick, Ana; Paschuk, Sergei; Denyak, Valeriy, E-mail: schelin@utfpr.edu.b [Universidade Tecnologica Federal do Parana (UTFPR), Curitiba, PR (Brazil); Schelin, Hugo; Tilly, Joao, E-mail: joao.tilly@derax.com.b [DERAX Desenvolvimento Radiologico, Curitiba, PR (Brazil); Khoury, Helen, E-mail: hjkhoury@gmail.co [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (DOIN/UFPE), Recife, PE (Brazil). Dept. de Energia Nuclear. Grupo de Dosimetria e Instrumentacao Nuclear; Ferreira, Jose [Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Parana (UNIOESTE), Cascavel, PR (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    This work consisted in the evaluation of the entrance skin air kerma (ESAK) in pediatric chest x-ray examinations. A study of 186 exams in anterior-posterior, posterior-anterior and lateral projections was carried out for patients with ages ranging from 0 to 15 years. The ESAK was measured with the DoseCal software and Li-Fl thermoluminescent dosimeters. The results were compared with measurements done recently at the same place and with the reference dose values established by the European Community. It was observed that the optimization of the technique and the routine changes suggested in the previous study were not maintained. The charge (mAs) and the ESAK values found in the present study were much higher than the previous one, and the voltage (kVp) values found was lower. The results suggest that the implementation of the Quality Assurance Program could adequate these parameters to the established levels and keep the pediatric examinations more uniform. (author)

  19. Calculation of conversion factor of Kerma in the air for ambient dose equivalent in radiotherapy; Calculo dos fatores de conversao de Kerma no ar para equivalente de dose ambiental em radioterapia

    Lima, Marco Antonio Frota

    2000-03-01

    This work aims to estimate the average conversion factor of Kerma in air to H {sup *} (10) using photon beams coming from clinic linear accelerators, transmitted through concrete walls of a radiotherapic treatment room. The transmitted photon spectra by both 1 meter and 2 meters concrete walls, in an area of 40 x 40 cm{sup 2}, were calculated when the primary beam impart in an angle of 0 deg. The (secondary) photon beams transmitted respectively by 0,5 meter, 1,0 meter, 1,0 meter and 2,0 meter concrete walls, after they scattered by an angle of 90 deg in a cylindric phantom inside the room, were also determined. Generally, 50 millions of histories were computed for each simulation made for the primary beam. For the 90 deg spread, the number of histories was 100 millions. The computational code used on this work was the MCNP4B. The most common clinic accelerators used on radiotheraphic treatments were used on this work CLINAC-4, CLINAC-6, CLINAC-18 and CLINAC-2500. From the spectra analysis obtained in this work, it was possible to dispose the conversion factor for realistic beams found in radiotherapeutic establishment. (author)

  20. Comparisons of the standards for air kerma of the PTB and the BIPM for {sup 60}Co and {sup 137}Cs gamma radiation

    Allisy-Roberts, P.J.; Burns, D.T. [Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM), 92 - Sevres (France); Buermann, L.; Kramer, H.M. [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig (Germany)

    2005-11-15

    Direct comparisons of the standards for air kerma of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB, Germany) and of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) were carried out in the {sup 60}Co and {sup 137} Cs radiation beams of the BIPM in 2000. The results, expressed as ratios of the PTB and the BIPM standards for air kerma, indicate a relative difference in {sup 60}Co of 9.9 x 10{sup -3} with a combined standard uncertainty of 1.8 x 10{sup -3}, and in {sup 137}Cs of 6.4 x 10{sup -3} with a combined standard uncertainty of 2.8 x 10{sup -3}. The earlier comparisons in {sup 60}Co {gamma} rays made in 1971 (direct) and 1989 (indirect) resulted in an agreement of the two standards within 2 x 10{sup -3}. The differences obtained now are due to the application of new correction factors for wall effects and point source non-uniformity of the beam, k{sub wall} and k{sub pn}, for the PTB standards, which were calculated using Monte Carlo methods. (authors)

  1. Comparisons of the standards for air kerma of the PTB and the BIPM for 60Co and 137Cs gamma radiation

    Direct comparisons of the standards for air kerma of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB, Germany) and of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) were carried out in the 60Co and 137 Cs radiation beams of the BIPM in 2000. The results, expressed as ratios of the PTB and the BIPM standards for air kerma, indicate a relative difference in 60Co of 9.9 x 10-3 with a combined standard uncertainty of 1.8 x 10-3, and in 137Cs of 6.4 x 10-3 with a combined standard uncertainty of 2.8 x 10-3. The earlier comparisons in 60Co γ rays made in 1971 (direct) and 1989 (indirect) resulted in an agreement of the two standards within 2 x 10-3. The differences obtained now are due to the application of new correction factors for wall effects and point source non-uniformity of the beam, kwall and kpn, for the PTB standards, which were calculated using Monte Carlo methods. (authors)

  2. Estimation of mean-glandular dose from monitoring breast entrance skin air kerma using a high sensitivity metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET) dosimeter system in mammography

    Estimation of mean-glandular dose (MGD) has been investigated in recent years due to the potential risks of radiation-induced carcinogenesis associated with the mammographic examination for diagnostic radiology. In this study, a new technique for immediate readout of breast entrance skin air kerma (BESAK) using high sensitivity MOSFET dosimeter after mammographic projection was introduced and a formula for the prediction of tube output with exposure records was developed. A series of appropriate conversion factors was applied to the MGD determination from the BESAK. The study results showed that signal response of the high sensitivity MOSFET exhibited excellent linearity within mammographic dose ranges, and that the energy dependence was less than 3% for each anode/filter combination at the tube potentials 25-30 kV. Good agreement was observed between the BESAK and the tube exposure output measurement for breasts thicker than 30 mm. In addition, the air kerma estimated from our prediction formula provided sufficient accuracy for thinner breasts. The average MGD from 120 Asian females was 1.5 mGy, comparable to other studies. Our results suggest that the high sensitivity MOSFET dosimeter system is a good candidate for immediately readout of BESAK after mammographic procedures

  3. The IPEMB code of practice for electron dosimetry for radiotherapy beams of initial energy from 2 to 50 MeV based on an air kerma calibration

    This report contains the recommendations of the Electron Dosimetry Working Party of the UK Institution of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and Biology (IPEMB). The recommendations consist of a code of practice for electron dosimetry for radiotherapy beams of initial energy from 2 to 50 MeV. The code is based on the 2 MV (or 60Co) air kerma calibration of the NE 2561/2611 chamber, which is used as the transfer instrument between national standards laboratory and hospitals in the UK. The code utilizes an ND,air approach. Designated chambers are the NE 2571 (graphite-walled Farmer chamber), to be calibrated against the transfer instrument in a megavoltage photon beam, and three parallel-plate chambers, to be calibrated against the NE 2571 in a higher-energy electron beam. The practical code is supplemented by comprehensive discussion of the theoretical background and the sources and values of included data. (author)

  4. Investigation of photon spectra and contributions to air kerma rates in the environment near nuclear facilities using portable germanium gamma spectrometry

    Portable spectrometers based on NaI or Ge detectors are now important additions to the tools available for monitoring and assessment of radioactivity and radiation dose rates in the environment due to both natural and anthropogenic sources. The high resolution of the Ge detector is of particular use in rapidly identifying and assessing radionuclides of significance. Portable spectrometry is of importance in assessing deposited activity and contributions to air kerma rates, and the rapid availability of these results would be significant in the event of a nuclear emergency in addition to the more usual application of measuring concentrations of radionuclides in environmental samples. In the course of developing a portable germanium detector system, spectra were measured at a number of locations in the environment near nuclear establishments in the UK. These spectra are presented and analysed in this paper in terms of the radionuclide contributions and gamma air kerma rates. Particular features are highlighted. First, background contributions are characterised using an example spectrum measured at Lowestoft beach, where anthropogenic influences are low. By contrast, near the Magnox nuclear power station at Bradwell, Essex there are contributions to the spectra due to photons from 16N, 41Ar and 60Co. In the Ravenglass estuary near Sellafield, 137Cs features prominently, with smaller contributions due to other radionuclides discharged in liquid waste from Sellafield. In the Ribble estuary which is influenced by discharges from the Springfields fuel fabrication plant as well as from Sellafield, measurements were made on a houseboat at high and low tide; there was a significant difference in the contribution due to 137Cs from Sellafield. Upstream of the Springfields works, peaks in the spectrum were observed due to 234Th and 234mPa due to discharges from the site, as well as 137Cs from BNFL Sellafield. The paper highlights and comments on all these features. In addition, the spectra were analysed in terms of contributions to gamma air kerma rates and the components due to natural background. Dose rates to members of the public who may spend time at the relevant locations are well within the dose limit of 1 mSv per year recommended by the ICRP. The different contributions to dose rates are contrasted. By highlighting particular features, this study demonstrates the wide range of applications of portable Ge spectrometry in environmental situations. (author)

  5. Key comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K3 of the air-kerma standards of the NMIJ, Japan and the BIPM in medium-energy x-rays

    Burns, D. T.; Kessler, C.; Tanaka, T.; Kurosawa, T.; Saito, N.

    2016-01-01

    A key comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the NMIJ, Japan and the BIPM in the medium-energy x-ray range. The results show the standards to be in agreement at the level of the standard uncertainty of the comparison of 3.1 parts in 103. A trend is evident in the results for the different radiation qualities. The results are analysed and presented in terms of degrees of equivalence, suitable for entry in the BIPM key comparison database. Main text To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCRI, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA).

  6. Key comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K3 of the air-kerma standards of the PTB, Germany and the BIPM in medium-energy x-rays

    Burns, D. T.; Kessler, C.; Büermann, L.

    2014-01-01

    A key comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the PTB, Germany and the BIPM in the medium-energy x-ray range. The results show the standards to be in general agreement at the level of the expanded uncertainty (k = 2) of the comparison of 5.0 parts in 103. The results are analysed and presented in terms of degrees of equivalence, suitable for entry in the BIPM key comparison database. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCRI, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA).

  7. Key comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K3 of the air-kerma standards of the GUM, Poland and the BIPM in medium-energy x-rays

    Burns, D. T.; Kessler, C.; Knyziak, A. B.

    2013-01-01

    A key comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the GUM and the BIPM in the medium-energy x-ray range. The results show the standards to be in agreement at the level of the expanded uncertainty for the comparison of 5.6 parts in 103. The results are analysed and presented in terms of degrees of equivalence, suitable for entry in the BIPM key comparison database. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCRI, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA).

  8. Key comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K3 of the air-kerma standards of the NRC, Canada and the BIPM in medium-energy x-rays

    Burns, D. T.; Kessler, C.; Mainegra-Hing, E.; Shen, H.; McEwen, M. R.

    2016-01-01

    A key comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the NRC, Canada and the BIPM in the medium-energy x-ray range. The results show the standards to be in agreement at the level of the standard uncertainty of the comparison of 3.3 parts in 103. The results are analysed and presented in terms of degrees of equivalence, suitable for entry in the BIPM key comparison database. Main text To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCRI, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA).

  9. Key comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K3 of the air-kerma standards of the BEV, Austria and the BIPM in medium-energy x-rays

    Burns, D. T.; Kessler, C.; Steurer, A.; Tiefenboeck, W.; Bauer, M.

    2015-01-01

    A key comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the BEV, Austria and the BIPM in the medium-energy x ray range. The results show the standards to be in general agreement at the level of the expanded uncertainty (k = 2) of the comparison of 6.4 parts in 103. The results are analysed and presented in terms of degrees of equivalence, suitable for entry in the BIPM key comparison database. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCRI, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA).

  10. Key comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K3 of the air-kerma standards of the ENEA, Italy and the BIPM in medium-energy x-rays

    Burns, D. T.; Kessler, C.; Pinto, M.; Cappadozzi, G.; Silvestri, C.; Toni, M. P.

    2014-01-01

    A key comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the ENEA, Italy and the BIPM in the medium-energy x-ray range. The results show the standards to be in general agreement at the level of the expanded uncertainty (k = 2) of the comparison of 6.2 parts in 103. The results are analysed and presented in terms of degrees of equivalence, suitable for entry in the BIPM key comparison database. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCRI, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA).

  11. KEY COMPARISON Comparison of the standards of air kerma of the ENEA-INMRI and the BIPM for 137Cs gamma rays

    Allisy-Roberts, P. J.; Kessler, C.; Toni, M.; Bovi, M.

    2010-01-01

    A comparison of the standards of air kerma of the Istituto Nazionale di Metrologia delle Radiazioni Ionizzanti of the Ente per le Nuove Tecnologie, l'Energia e l'Ambiente, Italy (ENEA-INMRI) and of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) was carried out in 137Cs radiation in 1998. The comparison result, updated for changes in the standards in 2003 and 2009, is 0.9927 (0.0067) and demonstrates that the ENEA-INMRI and BIPM standards are in agreement within the uncertainties. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCRI Section I, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA).

  12. Comparison of the air kerma standards for {sup 137}Cs and {sup 60}Co gamma-ray beams between the IAEA and the NIST

    Minniti, R. [National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD (United States); Czap, L. [International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Vienna (Austria)

    2011-04-15

    A comparison of the air kerma standards for {sup 137}Cs and {sup 60}Co gamma ray beams was performed between the NIST and the IAEA. Two reference class ionization chambers owned by the IAEA were used as part of this comparison and were calibrated at each facility. The calibration coefficients, N{sub K}, were determined for both chambers and in both gamma-ray beams. The measurements were performed at the IAEA and NIST facilities starting in the fall of 2009 and were completed in 2010. The comparison ratio of the calibration coefficients for each chamber, N{sub K,} {sub IAEA} / N{sub K,} {sub NIST}, between the IAEA and NIST were 0.999 and 0.997 for the {sup 137}Cs and {sup 60}Co gamma ray beams respectively. The relative standard uncertainty for each of these ratios is 0.5 %. (authors)

  13. Comparison of the air kerma standards for 137Cs and 60Co gamma-ray beams between the IAEA and the NIST

    A comparison of the air kerma standards for 137Cs and 60Co gamma ray beams was performed between the NIST and the IAEA. Two reference class ionization chambers owned by the IAEA were used as part of this comparison and were calibrated at each facility. The calibration coefficients, NK, were determined for both chambers and in both gamma-ray beams. The measurements were performed at the IAEA and NIST facilities starting in the fall of 2009 and were completed in 2010. The comparison ratio of the calibration coefficients for each chamber, NK,IAEA / NK,NIST, between the IAEA and NIST were 0.999 and 0.997 for the 137Cs and 60Co gamma ray beams respectively. The relative standard uncertainty for each of these ratios is 0.5 %. (authors)

  14. Determination of the Kwall correction factor for a cylindrical ionization chamber to measure air-kerma in 60Co gamma beams

    The factor Kwall to correct for photon attenuation and scatter in the wall of ionization chambers for 60Co air-kerma measurement has been traditionally determined by a procedure based on a linear extrapolation of the chamber current to zero wall thickness. Monte Carlo calculations by Rogers and Bielajew (1990 Phys. Med. Biol. 35 1065-78) provided evidence, mostly for chambers of cylindrical and spherical geometry, of appreciable deviations between the calculated values of Kwall and those obtained by the traditional extrapolation procedure. In the present work an experimental method other than the traditional extrapolation procedure was used to determine the Kwall factor. In this method the dependence of the ionization current in a cylindrical chamber was analysed as a function of an effective wall thickness in place of the physical (radial) wall thickness traditionally considered in this type of measurement. To this end the chamber wall was ideally divided into distinct regions and for each region an effective thickness to which the chamber current correlates was determined. A Monte Carlo calculation of attenuation and scatter effects in the different regions of the chamber wall was also made to compare calculation to measurement results. The Kwall values experimentally determined in this work agree within 0.2% with the Monte Carlo calculation. The agreement between these independent methods and the appreciable deviation (up to about 1%) between the results of both these methods and those obtained by the traditional extrapolation procedure support the conclusion that the two independent methods providing comparable results are correct and the traditional extrapolation procedure is likely to be wrong. The numerical results of the present study refer to a cylindrical cavity chamber like that adopted as the Italian national air-kerma standard at INMRI-ENEA (Italy). The method used in this study applies, however, to any other chamber of the same type. (author)

  15. Interlaboratory comparisons in kerma in the air measures and absorbed dose in water using {sup 6}0Co beams in radiotherapy; Comparacoes interlaboratoriais nas medidas de kerma no ar e dose absorvida na agua utilizando feixes de {sup 60}Co em radioterapia

    Rosado, Paulo Henrique Goncalves; Silva, Cosme Norival Mello da, E-mail: phrosado@ird.gov.br [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    In order to ensure that the measures of a quantity have high reliability and traceability interlaboratory comparisons are performed. The LNMRI has participated in several these interlaboratory comparisons. In the period 2000-2013 the LNMRI participated in 5 interlaboratory comparisons for measurement of kerma coefficients in the air and absorbed dose coefficients in the water. The results of interlaboratory comparisons indicate that the measures taken are appropriate to the LNMRI regarding the accuracy and precision measuring of these quantities.

  16. Control letters and uncertainties of the kerma patterns in air, dose absorbed in water and dose absorbed in air of the LSCD

    With the purpose of characterizing the component of uncertainty of long term of the patron ionization chambers of the LSCD, for the magnitudes: speed of kerma in air Κα·, dose speed absorbed in water Dα·, and speed absorbed dose in air Dα·, it use the technique of letters of control l-MR/S. This statistical technique it estimates the component of uncertainty of short term by means of the deviation standard inside groups σω and that of long term by means of the standard deviation among groups σβ, being this it finishes an estimator of the stability of the patterns.The letters of control l-MR/S it construct for: i) Κα·, in radiation field of 60Co for patterns: primary CC01 series 131, secondary NE 2611 series 176, secondary PTW TN30031 series 578 and Third PTW W30001 series 365. ii) Dα),en radiation field of 60Co for patterns: primary CC01 series 131, Secondary PTW TN30031 series 578 and tertiary PTW W30001 series 365. iii) I-MR/S with extrapolation chamber PTW primary pattern, measurement realizes in secondary patron fields of 90Sr-90Y. The expanded uncertainty U it is calculated of agreement with the Guide of the ISO/BIPM being observed the following thing: a. In some the cases σβ, is the component of the U that more contributed to this. Therefore, it is necessary to settle down technical of sampling in those mensurations that allow to reduce the value of σβ. For example with sizes of subgroup η∼ 30 data, or with a number of subgroups κ≥. That which is achieved automating the mensuration processes. b.The component of the temperature is also one of those that but they contribute to the U, of there the necessity of: to recover the tracking for this magnitude of it influences and to increase the precision in the determinations of the temperature to diminish their influence in the U. c. The percentage difference of the magnitudes dosemeters carried out by it patterns are consistent with U certain. However, it is necessary to diminish the uncertainty in the physical factors different to κτ and σβ for the one case of the primary patterns; because these they should be those of smaller value of U. d. In the case of the secondary patterns and tertiary for the realization of theκα· is necessary to determine the corrections explicitly for recombination and polarization; and to analyze their contribution in the U. e. It is necessary to recover the tracking for the mensurations of the humidity. f. It is recommended to continue the control mensurations for each pattern, taking its the least a measure every fifteen days, that it corresponds at two measured for month and 24 at the year. g. The operation of the air conditioned perturb the measurement for such as it recommends not to use it, and alone to leave in balance the chamber with the air of the engine room. (Author)

  17. Poster Thur Eve 24: Commissioning and preliminary measurements using an Attix-style free air ionization chamber for air kerma measurements on the BioMedical Imaging and Therapy beamlines at the Canadian Light Source

    Anderson, D [Department of Oncology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (Canada); McEwen, M; Shen, H [Ionizing Radiation Standards, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, ON (Canada); Siegbahn, EA [Department of Medical Physics, Stockholm University, Stockholm (Sweden); Fallone, BG; Warkentin, B [Department of Oncology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (Canada); Department of Medical Physics, Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    2014-08-15

    Synchrotron facilities, including the Canadian Light Source (CLS), provide opportunities for the development of novel imaging and therapy applications. A vital step progressing these applications toward clinical trials is the availability of accurate dosimetry. In this study, a refurbished Attix-style (cylindrical) free air chamber (FAC) is tested and used for preliminary air kerma measurements on the two BioMedical Imaging and Therapy (BMIT) beamlines at the CLS. The FAC consists of a telescoping chamber that relies on a difference measurement of collected charge in expanded and collapsed configurations. At the National Research Council's X-ray facility, a Victoreen Model 480 FAC was benchmarked against two primary standard FACs. The results indicated an absolute accuracy at the 0.5% level for energies between 60 and 150 kVp. A series of measurements were conducted on the small, non-uniform X-ray beams of the 05B1-1 (?8 100 keV) and 05ID-2 (?20 200 keV) beamlines for a variety of energies, filtrations and beam sizes. For the 05B1-1 beam with 1.1 mm of Cu filtration, recombination corrections of less than 5 % could only be achieved for field sizes no greater than 0.5 mm 0.6 mm (corresponding to an air kerma rate of ? 57 Gy/min). Ionic recombination thus presents a significant challenge to obtaining accurate air kerma rate measurements using this FAC in these high intensity beams. Future work includes measurements using a smaller aperture to sample a smaller and thus more uniform beam area, as well as experimental and Monte Carlo-based investigation of correction factors.

  18. Poster — Thur Eve — 24: Commissioning and preliminary measurements using an Attix-style free air ionization chamber for air kerma measurements on the BioMedical Imaging and Therapy beamlines at the Canadian Light Source

    Synchrotron facilities, including the Canadian Light Source (CLS), provide opportunities for the development of novel imaging and therapy applications. A vital step progressing these applications toward clinical trials is the availability of accurate dosimetry. In this study, a refurbished Attix-style (cylindrical) free air chamber (FAC) is tested and used for preliminary air kerma measurements on the two BioMedical Imaging and Therapy (BMIT) beamlines at the CLS. The FAC consists of a telescoping chamber that relies on a difference measurement of collected charge in expanded and collapsed configurations. At the National Research Council's X-ray facility, a Victoreen Model 480 FAC was benchmarked against two primary standard FACs. The results indicated an absolute accuracy at the 0.5% level for energies between 60 and 150 kVp. A series of measurements were conducted on the small, non-uniform X-ray beams of the 05B1-1 (∼8 – 100 keV) and 05ID-2 (∼20 – 200 keV) beamlines for a variety of energies, filtrations and beam sizes. For the 05B1-1 beam with 1.1 mm of Cu filtration, recombination corrections of less than 5 % could only be achieved for field sizes no greater than 0.5 mm × 0.6 mm (corresponding to an air kerma rate of ∼ 57 Gy/min). Ionic recombination thus presents a significant challenge to obtaining accurate air kerma rate measurements using this FAC in these high intensity beams. Future work includes measurements using a smaller aperture to sample a smaller and thus more uniform beam area, as well as experimental and Monte Carlo-based investigation of correction factors

  19. Neutron kerma factors and water equivalence of some tissue substitutes

    The Kerma factors and Kerma relative to the air and water of 24 compounds that are used as tissue substitutes were calculated for neutron energies ranging from 2.53×10−8 to 29 MeV. The Kerma ratios of the tissue substitutes relative to air and water were calculated. The water equivalence of the selected tissue substitutes was observed above neutron energies of 100 eV. The Kerma ratio relative to the air for poly-vinylidene fluoride and Teflon were nearest to unity at very low energy (up to 1 eV) and above 63 eV, respectively. It was found that the natural rubber was a water-equivalent tissue substitute compound. The results of the Kerma factors in our investigation show good agreement with those published in ICRU-44. We found that at higher neutron energies, the Kerma factors and Kerma ratios of the selected tissue substitute compounds were approximately the same, but though the differences were large for energies below 100 eV. - Highlights: • We calculated the neutron kerma factors of tissue substitutes up to 29 MeV. • Water equivalence was observed above neutron energy 100 eV. • Natural rubber was found to be a water equivalent material. • Kerma factors are in agreement with those published in literatures

  20. Conversion coefficients from air kerma to personal dose equivalent H{sub p}(3) fir eye-lens dosimetry; Coeficients de conversion du kerma dans l'air a l'equivalent de dose individuel H{sub p}(3) pour la dosimetrie du cristalin

    Daures, J.; Gouriou, J.; Bordy, J.M

    2009-07-01

    This work has been performed within the frame of the European Union ORAMED project (Optimization of Radiation protection for Medical staff). The main goal of the project is to improve standards of protection for medical staff for procedure resulting in potentially high exposures and to develop methodologies for better assessing and for reducing exposures to medical staff. The Work Package WP2 is involved in the development of practical eye lens dosimetry in interventional radiology. This study is complementary of the part of the ENEA report concerning the calculations with the MCNP code of the conversion factors related to the operational quantity H{sub p}(3). A set of energy and angular dependent conversion coefficients H{sub p}(3)/K{sub air} in the new proposed square cylindrical phantom of ICRU tissue, have been calculated with the Monte-Carlo code PENELOPE. The H{sub p}(3) values have been determined in terms of absorbed dose, according to the definition of this quantity, and also with the kerma approximation as formerly reported in ICRU reports. At low photon energy, up to 1 MeV, the two sets of conversion coefficients are consistent. Nevertheless, the differences increase at higher energy. This is mainly due to the lack of electronic equilibrium, especially for small angle incidences. The values of the conversion coefficients obtained with the code MCNP published by ENEA, agree with the kerma approximation calculations with PENELOPE. They are coherent with previous calculations in phantoms different in shape. But above 1 MeV, differences between conversion coefficient values calculated with the absorbed dose and with kerma approximation are significantly increasing, especially at low incidence angles. At those energies the electron transport has to be simulated. (author)

  1. Effect of Air Outlet Angle on Air Distribution Performance Index

    Isbeyeh W. Maid

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available       In this paper a numerical study of velocity and temperature distribution in air conditioned space have been made. The computational model consists of the non-isothermal 3-D turbulent with (k-ε model. The numerical study is made to conduct air distribution in a room air-conditioned space with real interior dimensions (6×4×3m and to analyze the effect of changing angle of grille vanes on the flow pattern, velocity, and temperature distribution in the room under a set of different condition, and under a supply air temperature of 16˚C to examine the final result on air distribution performance index (ADPI.The results show a significant effect within the change of supply air angle, the maximum air distribution performance index (ADPI is 52% when air change per hour (ACH is equal to 10 at 16˚C inlet temperature with angle ( 15˚ down, and the minimum value of (ADPI is 20% when ACH is equal to 15 at 16˚C inlet temperature and angle ( degree. 

  2. Air quality complex index estimation of air pollution situations

    To improve the regional system for assessment and management of the ambient air quality in the North-East Estonian region of oil shale mining and processing, as well as natural areas, the corresponding Air Quality Complex Index (AQI) has been elaborated. This method enables to generalize a large number of measured numerical values of concentrations of pollutants in case of multicomponential pollution fields and makes the results more easily understandable. The AQI is suitable for the real-time monitoring as well as for prediction of air quality values and pollution situations by calculated data. (author)

  3. Neutron kerma factors, and water equivalence of some tissue substitutes

    The kerma factors and kerma relative to air and water of 24 compounds used as tissue substitutes were calculated for neutron energy from 2.53 x 10-8 up to 29 MeV. The kerma ratio of the tissue substitutes relative to air and water were calculated by the ratio of kerma factors of the tissue substitute to air and water respectively. The water equivalence of the selected tissue substitutes was observed above neutron energies 100 eV. Kerma ratio relative to the air for Poly-vinylidene fluoride and Teflon are found to be nearest to unity in very low energy (up to 1 eV) and above 63 eV respectively. It was found that the natural rubber as a water equivalent tissue substitute compound. The results of the kerma factors in our investigation shows a very good agreement with those published in ICRU-44. We found that at higher neutron energies, the kerma factors and kerma ratios of the selected tissue substitute compounds are approximately same, but differences are large for energies below 100 eV. (Author)

  4. SU-E-T-552: Monte Carlo Calculation of Correction Factors for a Free-Air Ionization Chamber in Support of a National Air-Kerma Standard for Electronic Brachytherapy

    Purpose: To use Monte Carlo radiation transport methods to calculate correction factors for a free-air ionization chamber in support of a national air-kerma standard for low-energy, miniature x-ray sources used for electronic brachytherapy (eBx). Methods: The NIST is establishing a calibration service for well-type ionization chambers used to characterize the strength of eBx sources prior to clinical use. The calibration approach involves establishing the well-chamber’s response to an eBx source whose air-kerma rate at a 50 cm distance is determined through a primary measurement performed using the Lamperti free-air ionization chamber. However, the free-air chamber measurements of charge or current can only be related to the reference air-kerma standard after applying several corrections, some of which are best determined via Monte Carlo simulation. To this end, a detailed geometric model of the Lamperti chamber was developed in the EGSnrc code based on the engineering drawings of the instrument. The egs-fac user code in EGSnrc was then used to calculate energy-dependent correction factors which account for missing or undesired ionization arising from effects such as: (1) attenuation and scatter of the x-rays in air; (2) primary electrons escaping the charge collection region; (3) lack of charged particle equilibrium; (4) atomic fluorescence and bremsstrahlung radiation. Results: Energy-dependent correction factors were calculated assuming a monoenergetic point source with the photon energy ranging from 2 keV to 60 keV in 2 keV increments. Sufficient photon histories were simulated so that the Monte Carlo statistical uncertainty of the correction factors was less than 0.01%. The correction factors for a specific eBx source will be determined by integrating these tabulated results over its measured x-ray spectrum. Conclusion: The correction factors calculated in this work are important for establishing a national standard for eBx which will help ensure that dose is accurately and consistently delivered to patients

  5. CDC WONDER: Daily Air Temperatures and Heat Index

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Daily Air Temperature and Heat Index data available on CDC WONDER are county-level daily average air temperatures and heat index measures spanning the years...

  6. Radiological investigations at the "Taiga" nuclear explosion site, part II: man-made γ-ray emitting radionuclides in the ground and the resultant kerma rate in air.

    Ramzaev, V; Repin, V; Medvedev, A; Khramtsov, E; Timofeeva, M; Yakovlev, V

    2012-07-01

    Samples of soil and epigeic lichens were collected from the "Taiga" peaceful nuclear explosion site (61.30°N 56.60°E, the Perm region, Russia) in 2009 and analyzed using high resolution γ-ray spectrometry. For soil samples obtained at six different plots, two products of fission ((137)Cs and (155)Eu), five products of neutron activation ((60)Co, (94)Nb, (152)Eu, (154)Eu, (207)Bi) and (241)Am have been identified and quantified. The maximal activity concentrations of (60)Co, (137)Cs, and (241)Am for the soils samples were measured as 1650, 7100, and 6800 Bq kg(-1) (d.w.), respectively. The deposit of (137)Cs for the top 20 cm of soil on the tested plots at the "Taiga" site ranged from 30 to 1020 kBq m(-2); the maximal value greatly (by almost 3 orders of magnitude) exceeded the regional background (from global fallout) level of 1.4 kBq m(-2). (137)Cs contributes approximately 57% of the total ground inventory of the man-made γ-ray emitters for the six plots tested at the "Taiga" site. The other major radionuclides -(241)Am and (60)Co, constitute around 40%. Such radionuclides as (60)Co, (137)Cs, (241)Am, and (207)Bi have also been determined for the epigeic lichens (genera Cladonia) that colonized certain areas at the ground lip produced by the "Taiga" explosion. Maximal activity concentrations (up to 80 Bq kg(-1) for (60)Co, 580 Bq kg(-1) for (137)Cs, 200 Bq kg(-1) for (241)Am, and 5 Bq kg(-1) for (207)Bi; all are given in terms of d.w.) have been detected for the lower dead section of the organisms. The air kerma rates associated with the anthropogenic sources of gamma radiation have been calculated using the data obtained from the laboratory analysis. For the six plots tested, the kerma rates ranged from 50 to 1200 nGy h(-1); on average, 51% of the dose can be attributed to (137)Cs and 45% to (60)Co. These estimates agree reasonably well with the results of the in situ measurements made during our field survey of the "Taiga" site in August 2009. PMID:22541991

  7. KEY COMPARISON: COOMET.RI(I)-K1 comparison of national measurement standards of air kerma for 60Co γ radiation

    Büermann, L.; Oborin, A. V.; Dobrovosky, J.; Milevsky, V. S.; Walwyn Salas, G.; Lapenas, A.

    2009-01-01

    Results are presented of the COOMET key comparison of the national measurement standards of air kerma for 60Co γ radiation. Participants of the comparison were PTB (Germany, pilot institute), VNIIM (Russia), SMU (Slovakia), BelGIM (Belarus), CPHR (Cuba) and RMTC (Latvia). PTB, VNIIM and SMU had previously taken part in a key comparison with the Bureau International de Poids et Mesures (BIPM) and operated as link laboratories in order to evaluate the degree of equivalence of the participants' results with the key comparison reference value. These data form the basis of the results entered into the BIPM key comparison database for comparison COOMET.RI(I)-K1. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCRI Section I, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA).

  8. Air kerma to HP(3) conversion coefficients for photons from 10 keV to 10 MeV, calculated in a cylindrical phantom

    In the framework of the ORAMED project (Optimization of Radiation protection for Medical staff), funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Programme, different studies were aimed at improving the quality of radiation protection in interventional radiology and nuclear medicine. The main results of the project were presented during a final workshop held in Barcelona in January 2011, the proceedings of which are available in the open literature. One of the ORAMED tasks was focused on the problem of eye-lens photon exposure of the medical staff, a topic that gained more importance especially after the ICRP decision to lower the limiting equivalent dose to 20 mSv per year. The present technical note has the scope, besides briefly summarising the physical reasons of the proposal and the practical implications, to provide, in tabular form, a set of air kerma to Hp(3) conversion coefficients based on the adoption of a theoretical cylindrical model that is well suited for reproduction of the mass and the shape of a human head. (authors)

  9. Modelling the contribution of individual radionuclides to the total gamma air kerma rate for the sediments of the Ribble Estuary, NW England.

    Brown, J E; McDonald, P; Williams, M; Parker, A; Rae, J E

    1999-12-01

    The aim of this study was to test the performance of a published dose-rate model, investigate the contribution of individual radionuclides to the total gamma air kerma rate (GAKR) and derive external doses to man in the Ribble Estuary, NW England. GAKRs were measured and sediment cores were collected in order to determine radionuclide specific activities with depth. The latter values were used as input data for the external dose-rate model. The model has a slight tendency to over-predict the GAKR, but, on average, the model predictions fall within +/-26% of the measured value. Improvements, in the present case, might be made by accounting for core shortening and variations in soil density in the input data. The model predicted that, for exposed intertidal mud sites, a range of GAKRs between 0.011 and 0.022 microGy h(-1) was attributable to Springfields discharges alone. The contribution due to 234mPa and 234Th ranged between 20 and 60%. An excess GAKR (GAKR arising from anthropogenic emissions alone) of 0.139-0.150 microGy h(-1), used in conjunction with relevant habit-survey data (for a potential critical group) and conversion factors, yielded a dose to man of 0.029-0.031 mSv year(-1). PMID:10616780

  10. Modelling the contribution of individual radionuclides to the total gamma air kerma rate for the sediments of the Ribble Estuary, NW England

    The aim of this study was to test the performance of a published dose-rate model, investigate the contribution of individual radionuclides to the total gamma air kerma rate (GAKR) and derive external doses to man in the Ribble Estuary, NW England. GAKRs were measured and sediment cores were collected in order to determine radionuclide specific activities with depth. The latter values were used as input data for the external dose-rate model. The model has a slight tendency to over-predict the GAKR, but, on average, the model predictions fall within ±26% of the measured value. Improvements, in the present case, might be made by accounting for core shortening and variations in soil density in the input data. The model predicted that, for exposed intertidal mud sites, a range of GAKRs between 0.011 and 0.022 μGy h-1 was attributable to Springfields discharges alone. The contribution due to 234mPa and 234Th ranged between 20 and 60%. An excess GAKR (GAKR arising from anthropogenic emissions alone) of 0.139-0.150 μGy μGy h-1, used in conjunction with relevant habit-survey data (for a potential critical group) and conversion factors, yielded a dose to man of 0.029-0.031 mSv year-1. (author)

  11. Study of the spatial variation of the air kerma backscatter factor on the standard ISO phantom, with a Co-60 irradiator

    Personal dosimeters should be calibrated on the surface of the ISO water phantom. For this purpose dose values should present a uniform distribution over the calibration area of diameter dF. To determine the boundary of the uniform dose area, two complementary approaches are purposed: the experimental and the numerical simulation. This article presents the results of Monte Carlo calculations and experimental determinations of the spatial variation of the air kerma backscatter factor on the ISO water phantom surface performed for the Co-60 gamma radiation quality. The experimental B values on the center of the phantom surface was 1.04 and dF was 30 cm. However, the experimental determination of the variation of B along the axis of the phantom is a very consuming time process and is very sensitive to the positioning of the ionisation chamber. The methodology advanced in this work allows the knowledge of values of B along the apothem and diagonal axis using only one experimental value the B value on the center of the phantom and taking into account the relative variation of B from the simulation results. (author)

  12. APMP/TCRI key comparison report of measurement of air kerma for medium-energy x-rays (APMP.RI(I)-K3)

    Lee, J.H.; Hwang, W.S. [Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, Longtan, Taiwan (China); Kotler, L.H.; Webb, D.V. [Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, Yallambie (Australia); Buermann, L. [Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig (Germany); Burns, D.T. [Bureau International de Poids et Mesures, 92 - Sevres (France); Takeyeddin, M. [Atomic Energy Commission, Damascus (Syrian Arab Republic); Shaha, V.V. [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai (India); Srimanoroth, S. [Department of Medical Sciences, Nonthaburi (Thailand); Meghzifene, A. [International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria); Hah, S.H.; Chun, K.J. [Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Yusong (Korea, Republic of); Kadni, T.B. [Malaysian Nuclear Agency, Kajang (Malaysia); Takata, N. [National Metrology Institute of Japan, Tsukuba (Japan); Msimang, Z. [National Metrology Institute of South Africa, Pretoria (South Africa)

    2008-10-15

    The APMP/TCRI Dosimetry Working Group performed the APMP.RI(I)-K3 key comparison of measurement of air kerma for medium-energy x-rays (100 kV to 250 kV) between 2000 and 2003. In total, 11 institutes took part in the comparison, among which 8 were APMP member laboratories. Two commercial cavity ionization chambers were used as transfer instruments and circulated among the participants. All the participants established the 100 kV, 135 kV, 180 kV and 250 kV x-ray beam qualities equivalent to those of the BIPM. The results showed that the maximum difference between the participants and the BIPM in the medium-energy x-ray range, evaluated using the comparison data of the linking laboratories ARPANSA and PTB, is less than 1.4%. The degrees of equivalence between the participants are presented and this comparison confirms the calibration capabilities of the participating laboratories. (authors)

  13. APMP/TCRI key comparison report of measurement of air kerma for medium-energy x-rays (APMP.RI(I)-K3)

    The APMP/TCRI Dosimetry Working Group performed the APMP.RI(I)-K3 key comparison of measurement of air kerma for medium-energy x-rays (100 kV to 250 kV) between 2000 and 2003. In total, 11 institutes took part in the comparison, among which 8 were APMP member laboratories. Two commercial cavity ionization chambers were used as transfer instruments and circulated among the participants. All the participants established the 100 kV, 135 kV, 180 kV and 250 kV x-ray beam qualities equivalent to those of the BIPM. The results showed that the maximum difference between the participants and the BIPM in the medium-energy x-ray range, evaluated using the comparison data of the linking laboratories ARPANSA and PTB, is less than 1.4%. The degrees of equivalence between the participants are presented and this comparison confirms the calibration capabilities of the participating laboratories. (authors)

  14. Air kerma to personal dose equivalent conversion factors for ICRU and ISO recommended slab phantoms for photons from 20 keV to 1 MeV

    The present report summarizes the studies carried out at ENEA-AMB-PRO-IRP (Institute for Radiation Protection) that were addressed to the determination of air kerma to personal dose equivalent conversion coefficients for two practical phantoms as proposed by ICRU (International Commission for Radiation Units and Measurements) and by ISO (International Standard Organization) for photon personal dosimeters' calibration procedure. The analyses, developed using the MCNP Monte Carlo code, were mainly aimed at establishing which of the two proposed phantoms better approximates the ICRU theoretical one. Furthermore a complete tabulation of the conversion coefficients is supplied for monoenergetic photon beams from 20 keV to 1 MeV as well as for the two ISO X-ray reference series Wide Spectrum and Narrow Spectrum. The study has been performed in the framework of the CEC Contract F13P-CT92-0064 'The Measurement of the Spectral and Angular Distribution of External Radiations in Workplace and Implications for Personal Dosimetry

  15. Comparison of the air kerma standards for 137Cs and 60Co gamma-ray beams between the IAEA and the NIST

    Minniti, Ronaldo; Czap, Ladislav

    2011-01-01

    A comparison of the air kerma standards for 137Cs and 60Co gamma-ray beams was performed between the NIST and the IAEA. Two reference class ionization chambers owned by the IAEA were used as part of this comparison and were calibrated at each facility. The calibration coefficients, NK, were determined for both chambers and in both gamma-ray beams. The measurements were performed at the IAEA and NIST facilities starting in the fall of 2009 and were completed in 2010. The comparison ratio of the calibration coefficients for each chamber, NK,IAEA/NK,NIST, between the IAEA and NIST was 0.999 and 0.997 for the 137Cs and 60Co gamma-ray beams respectively. The relative standard uncertainty for each of these ratios is 0.5%. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by SIM, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA).

  16. Implementation of the method air-kerma product area in KAP camera calibration with reference qualities of X-ray series at the SSDL RQR of Mexico

    The X-Ray machines, at a reference laboratory for the instrument calibration in diagnostic radiology, should compliance with the ISO requirements. Sometimes there is not available as much laboratories as needed in Latin American countries. So this project shows the KAP ionization chamber implementation method using the TRS-457 radiation quality from the IAEA at the SSDL of Mexico. The KAP instruments calibration method consists in doing a substitution comparison using a standard reference with traceability to a primary laboratory and a transmission-monitoring chamber that measures the number of photons of the X-ray primary beam. A KAP chamber calibration requires a special array that consists in collocating the chamber in two different positions of its calibration process. Then, with air kerma-area product coefficient together with a corrected electrometer measure at referential conditions, the patient dosimetry magnitudes are calculated. The dosimetry necessity at hospitals always will be in function of possessing a highly reliable calibration coefficient chamber for making these measures. That dosimetry results will help in reducing the total or partial irradiation emitted to the human body of the patient. This is how stochastic risks will be lessened due to diagnostic studies. The purpose of this project is to have a synergy with calibration for making known that the SSDL of Mexico has the technical capacity to act as a link between primary standard dosimetry laboratories and the ionizing radiation equipment users who require that their KAP chamber have traceability from the primary standard to the user. (author)

  17. Comparison between absorbed dose to water standards established by water calorimetry at the LNE-LNHB and by application of international air-kerma based protocols for kilovoltage medium energy x-rays

    Nowadays, the absorbed dose to water for kilovoltage x-ray beams is determined from standards in terms of air-kerma by application of international dosimetry protocols. New standards in terms of absorbed dose to water has just been established for these beams at the LNE-LNHB, using water calorimetry, at a depth of 2 cm in water in accordance with protocols. The aim of this study is to compare these new standards in terms of absorbed dose to water, to the dose values calculated from the application of four international protocols based on air-kerma standards (IAEA TRS-277, AAPM TG-61, IPEMB and NCS-10). The acceleration potentials of the six beams studied are between 80 and 300 kV with half-value layers between 3.01 mm of aluminum and 3.40 mm of copper. A difference between the two methods smaller than 2.1% was reported. The standard uncertainty of water calorimetry being below 0.8%, and the one associated with the values from protocols being around 2.5%, the results are in good agreement. The calibration coefficients of some ionization chambers in terms of absorbed dose to water, established by application of calorimetry and air-kerma based dosimetry protocols, were also compared. The best agreement with the calibration coefficients established by water calorimetry was found for those established with the AAPM TG-61 protocol. (paper)

  18. Comparison of the air-kerma standards of the PTB and the BIPM in the low-energy X-ray range

    A direct comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Germany, and the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) in the x-ray range from 10 kV to 50 kV. Additional measurements were made at 80 kV and 100 kV to provide information on the electron-loss correction for the BIPM standard at these qualities. The comparison took place at the BIPM in March 1999 using the reference conditions recommended by the CCRI. There is general agreement at the level of one standard uncertainty, although there is a significant trend in the results between 30 kV and 50 kVa. This is in part due to the treatment of fluorescence radiation. The effect of fluorescence for the BIPM standard has been calculated using the Monte Carlo code EGSnrc and the fluorescence correction calculated in this way and the effect of including these new values in the present comparison are given. It should be noted, however, that these new correction factors for the BIPM standard have not yet been adopted. The result at 10 kV is significantly different from the others. This is not uncommon and raises a number of possibilities, for example the large corrections for air attenuation and guard wire attenuation, or unexplained aperture effects that have arisen in certain comparisons. In this respect, it is possible that the uncertainties for the 10 kV quality are underestimated. The measurements at 80 kV and 100 kV were made principally to test the correction factors for the BIPM standard, making use of the fact that the large electrode separation of the PTB PK100 chamber results in very little electron loss. (authors)

  19. Microionization chamber air-kerma calibration coefficients as a function of photon energy for x-ray spectra in the range of 20–250 kVp relative to 60Co

    Purpose: To investigate the applicability of a wide range of microionization chambers for reference dosimetry measurements in low- and medium-energy x-ray beams. Methods: Measurements were performed with six cylindrical microchamber models, as well as one scanning chamber and two Farmer-type chambers for comparison purposes. Air-kerma calibration coefficients were determined at the University of Wisconsin Accredited Dosimetry Calibration Laboratory for each chamber for a range of low- and medium-energy x-ray beams (20–250 kVp), with effective energies ranging from 11.5 keV to 145 keV, and a 60Co beam. A low-Z proof-of-concept microchamber was developed and calibrated with and without a high-Z silver epoxy on the collecting electrode. Results: All chambers composed of low-Z materials (Z≤ 13), including the Farmer-type chambers, the scanning chamber, and the PTW TN31014 and the proof-of-concept microchambers, exhibited air-kerma calibration coefficients with little dependence on the quality of the beam. These chambers typically exhibited variations in calibration coefficients of less than 3% with the beam quality, for medium energy beams. However, variations in air-kerma calibration coefficients of greater than 50% were measured over the range of medium-energy x-ray beams for each of the microchambers containing high-Z collecting electrodes (Z > 13). For these high-Z chambers, which include the Exradin A14SL and A16 chambers, the PTW TN31006 chamber, the IBA CC01 chamber, and the proof-of-concept chamber containing silver, the average variation in air-kerma calibration coefficients between any two calibration beams was nearly 25% over the entire range of beam qualities investigated. Conclusions: Due to the strong energy dependence observed with microchambers containing high-Z components, these chambers may not be suitable dosimeters for kilovoltage x-ray applications, as they do not meet the TG-61 requirements. It is recommended that only microchambers containing low-Z materials (Z≤ 13) be considered for air-kerma calibrations for reference dosimetry in low- and medium-energy x-ray beams.

  20. From reference air-kerma-rate to nominal absorbed dose-rate to water Paradigm shift in photon brachytherapy: ISO new work item proposal

    Full text: Over decades, photon radiation brachytherapy (BT) has proven worldwide as an essential modality of high precision radiation oncology for certain primary tumor sites. The dosimetric uncertainty of photon brachytherapy, however, is currently much larger than in external beam radiotherapy due to several factors including: calibration to the reference air-kerma-rate K.R K.R (or air-kerma strength), dose calculation model, dosimetric functions and dose measurement complexity, besides the geometrical dose uncertainties in high dose-gradient BT-fields. In addition, many photon sources are applied with quite different dosimetric properties requiring much skill from the medical physicist. This work proposes increased accuracy of brachytherapy through improvements in source calibration and clinical dosimetry methodology. Currently, BT-photon sources are calibrated free in air, at 100 cm distance, and in terms of K.R. By calibrating BT-photon sources directly to the TG-43U1 reference point at 1 cm in water, to be named the nominal absorbed dose-rate to water, D.w,1, the number of calibration steps in the traceability chain is reduced from 6 to 4, thus reducing the expanded uncertainty in dose delivery for patient treatment. With a target combined uncertainty of ucue.w,1 primary standards, which will soon become available for high energy and low energy, high and low dose-rate BT-photon sources. This is a paradigm shift that requires: international consensus, metrologic work and guidance. Thus, there is a need for an ISO standard based on and extending the AAPM TG-43U1 formalism. Taking into account the results and conclusions of the AAPM 2010 discussions, a draft for an ISO new work item proposal on Clinical dosimetry - Photon radiation sources for brachytherapy will be presented. This standardization project could be launched within ISO TC 85/SC 2/WG 22, in continuation of ISO 21439 (2009) for beta radiation sources. Clear terms and definitions are basic requirements for this standard. It is proposed that BT-photon radiation qualities need to be reclassified as: high-energy >100 keV, medium energy 40 keV to 100 keV, and low energy photons .w,1-recalibrated special transfer standards like well-type ionization-chambers) and as fast, direct reading dosemeter with high spatial and temporal resolution as required for detailed acceptance tests of BT-sources, -software, -planning, and -verification. This ISO-standard will provide guidance for clinical BT-dosimetry in terms of absorbed dose to water and for estimating the uncertainty of this new quantity. Most standardized procedures can be given by referring to AAPM-reports and ESTRO-documents. General quality assurance issues, radiation protection and safety issues are outside the scope. Recommendations will be prepared to replace the K.R K.R by D.w,1 as basic dosimetric quantity, to become consistent with external beam radiotherapy and to reduce the dosimetric uncertainty in brachytherapy

  1. Control letters and uncertainties of the kerma patterns in air, dose absorbed in water and dose absorbed in air of the LSCD; Cartas de control e incertidumbres de los patrones de kerma en aire, dosis absorbida en agua y dosis absorbida en aire del LSCD

    Alvarez R, M.T.; Tovar M, V.M.; Cejudo A, J. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2005-12-15

    With the purpose of characterizing the component of uncertainty of long term of the patron ionization chambers of the LSCD, for the magnitudes: speed of kerma in air {kappa}{sub {alpha}}{sub {center_dot}}, dose speed absorbed in water D{alpha}{sub {center_dot}}, and speed absorbed dose in air D{alpha}{sub {center_dot}}, it use the technique of letters of control l-MR/S. This statistical technique it estimates the component of uncertainty of short term by means of the deviation standard inside groups {sigma}{sub {omega}} and that of long term by means of the standard deviation among groups {sigma}{sub {beta}}, being this it finishes an estimator of the stability of the patterns.The letters of control l-MR/S it construct for: i) {kappa}{sub {alpha}}{sub {center_dot}}, in radiation field of {sup 60}Co for patterns: primary CC01 series 131, secondary NE 2611 series 176, secondary PTW TN30031 series 578 and Third PTW W30001 series 365. ii) D{alpha}),en radiation field of {sup 60}Co for patterns: primary CC01 series 131, Secondary PTW TN30031 series 578 and tertiary PTW W30001 series 365. iii) I-MR/S with extrapolation chamber PTW primary pattern, measurement realizes in secondary patron fields of {sup 90}Sr-{sup 90}Y. The expanded uncertainty U it is calculated of agreement with the Guide of the ISO/BIPM being observed the following thing: a. In some the cases {sigma}{sub {beta}}, is the component of the U that more contributed to this. Therefore, it is necessary to settle down technical of sampling in those mensurations that allow to reduce the value of {sigma}{sub {beta}}. For example with sizes of subgroup {eta}{sub {approx}} 30 data, or with a number of subgroups {kappa}{sub {>=}}. That which is achieved automating the mensuration processes. b.The component of the temperature is also one of those that but they contribute to the U, of there the necessity of: to recover the tracking for this magnitude of it influences and to increase the precision in the determinations of the temperature to diminish their influence in the U. c. The percentage difference of the magnitudes dosemeters carried out by it patterns are consistent with U certain. However, it is necessary to diminish the uncertainty in the physical factors different to {kappa}{sub {tau}} and {sigma}{sub {beta}} for the one case of the primary patterns; because these they should be those of smaller value of U. d. In the case of the secondary patterns and tertiary for the realization of the{kappa}{sub {alpha}}{sub {center_dot}} is necessary to determine the corrections explicitly for recombination and polarization; and to analyze their contribution in the U. e. It is necessary to recover the tracking for the mensurations of the humidity. f. It is recommended to continue the control mensurations for each pattern, taking it{sup s} the least a measure every fifteen days, that it corresponds at two measured for month and 24 at the year. g. The operation of the air conditioned perturb the measurement for such as it recommends not to use it, and alone to leave in balance the chamber with the air of the engine room. (Author)

  2. Final report on APMP.RI(I)-K1: APMP/TCRI key comparison report of measurement of air kerma for 60Co gamma-rays

    The APMP.RI(I)-K1 key comparison of the measurement standards of air kerma for 60Co gamma-rays was undertaken by the APMP/TCRI Dosimetry Working Group between 2004 and 2006, coordinated by the Korean Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS). In total, 10 institutes took part in the comparison, among which 7 were APMP member laboratories. Three Farmer-type commercial cavity chambers were used as transfer chambers and circulated among the participants. All the participants carried out their measurements according to the guidelines for the comparison established by the KRISS with the cooperation of the ARPANSA. For each transfer chamber, an NMI calibration coefficient was obtained and a ratio derived by dividing by the average result from the linking laboratories, ARPANSA and NMIJ. The APMP comparison reference value for each chamber was calculated as the mean of the NMI-determined calibration coefficients divided by the average result from the linking laboratories. The results showed that the maximum difference between the APMP linked ratio of a participating NMI and the APMP reference value was 1.76 %. The measured ratios of the calibration coefficient NMI, BIPM R between the participating NMI and the BIPM via the link laboratories for the transfer chambers were obtained. The maximum expanded uncertainty of NMI, BIPM R for any participating laboratory was 2.0 %. The degree of equivalence of each participating laboratory with respect to the key comparison reference value was also evaluated. The expanded uncertainty of the difference between the results ranged from 0.5 % to 1.2 %. The pair-wise degree of equivalence between each pair of laboratories was also obtained and the largest difference of the expanded uncertainty of the difference for any pair-wise degree of equivalence was within the expanded uncertainty of the measurement for the pair of laboratories. (authors)

  3. Neutron kerma factors and water equivalence of some tissue substitutes.

    Singh, V P; Badiger, N M; Vega-Carrillo, Hector Rene

    2015-09-01

    The Kerma factors and Kerma relative to the air and water of 24 compounds that are used as tissue substitutes were calculated for neutron energies ranging from 2.53×10(-8) to 29 MeV. The Kerma ratios of the tissue substitutes relative to air and water were calculated. The water equivalence of the selected tissue substitutes was observed above neutron energies of 100 eV. The Kerma ratio relative to the air for poly-vinylidene fluoride and Teflon were nearest to unity at very low energy (up to 1 eV) and above 63 eV, respectively. It was found that the natural rubber was a water-equivalent tissue substitute compound. The results of the Kerma factors in our investigation show good agreement with those published in ICRU-44. We found that at higher neutron energies, the Kerma factors and Kerma ratios of the selected tissue substitute compounds were approximately the same, but though the differences were large for energies below 100 eV. PMID:26073270

  4. Energy dependence of the air kerma response of a liquid ionization chamber at photon energies between 8 keV and 1250 keV

    Full text: In its recent reports on cardiovascular brachytherapy the DGMP recommends the source strength of brachytherapy sources being characterized in terms of absorbed dose to water at a distance of 2 mm from the central axis of the source. As a consequence, the response of a detector suitable for characterizing such sources with respect to absorbed dose to water should depend only to a small extent on radiation energy. Additionally, the detection volume of the detector has to be sufficiently small for the necessary spatial resolution to be obtained. The liquid ionization chamber as described in seems to be a promising means for this type of measurements. The two components of the ionization liquid (TMS and isooctane) can be mixed in a ratio which ensures that the mass-energy absorption coefficient of the resulting mixture deviates from that of water by less than ±15 % down to photon energies of 10 keV. Due to the high density of the ionization medium, the spacing between the two electrodes of the ionization chamber can be made as small as a few tenths of a millimeter and still the resulting ionization current is sufficiently large. The ionization chamber used in the present investigation is a plane parallel chamber 5 mm in diameter and of 0.3 mm electrode spacing. The ionization medium is a mixture of 40 % TMS and 60 % isooctane. The irradiations were carried out with the ISO wide spectra series with tube voltages between 10 kV and 300 kV and with 137Cs and 60Co γ-radiation. As a first step, the response of the liquid ionization chamber was investigated with respect to air kerma instead of absorbed dose to water. Although the mass-energy absorption coefficient of the liquid deviates from that of air by less than ±10 % over the photon energy range, the measured chamber response varies by a factor of about 3.5. Monte Carlo calculations carried out with EGSnrc show a variation of the chamber response smaller than ±20 %. Measurements of the ion yield of the ionization liquid exhibit a pronounced energy dependence from about 1 keV / ion pair at about 10 keV to 250 keV / ion pair for 137Cs γ-radiation. Taking the ion yield of the ionization liquid into account, the deviation between the measured and the calculated response reduces to less than ±10 %. (author)

  5. Key comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K2 of the air-kerma standards of the ENEA-INMRI, Italy and the BIPM in low-energy x-rays

    A key comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the ENEA-INMRI, Italy and the BIPM in the low-energy x-ray range. The results show the standards to be in agreement at the level of the standard uncertainty for the comparison of 1.9 parts in 103. No significant trend with radiation quality is observed. The results are analysed and presented in terms of degrees of equivalence, suitable for entry in the BIPM key comparison database. (authors)

  6. Key comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K2 of the air-kerma standards of the LNE-LNHB, France and the BIPM in low-energy x-rays

    A key comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the LNE-LNHB, France and the BIPM in the low-energy x-ray range. The results show the standards to be in agreement at the level of the standard uncertainty of the comparison of 1.6 parts in 103, with no evidence of a trend in the results at different radiation qualities. The results are analysed and presented in terms of degrees of equivalence, suitable for entry in the BIPM key comparison database. (authors)

  7. Implementation of the method air-kerma product area in KAP camera calibration with reference qualities of X-ray series at the SSDL RQR of Mexico; Implementacion del metodo producto kerma en aire-area en la calibracion de camaras KAP con calidades de referencia de rayos X de la serie RQR en el LSCD de Mexico

    Cejudo, Jesus; Tovar, Victor M., E-mail: jesus.cejudo@ini.gob.mx, E-mail: victor.tovar@inin.gob.mx [lnstituto Nacional de lnvestigaciones Nucleares (DMRI/LSDC/lNlN), Ocoyoacac (Mexico). Centro Nuclear Dr. Nabor Carrillo Flores. Laboratorio Secundario de Calibracion Dosimetrica

    2013-10-01

    The X-Ray machines, at a reference laboratory for the instrument calibration in diagnostic radiology, should compliance with the ISO requirements. Sometimes there is not available as much laboratories as needed in Latin American countries. So this project shows the KAP ionization chamber implementation method using the TRS-457 radiation quality from the IAEA at the SSDL of Mexico. The KAP instruments calibration method consists in doing a substitution comparison using a standard reference with traceability to a primary laboratory and a transmission-monitoring chamber that measures the number of photons of the X-ray primary beam. A KAP chamber calibration requires a special array that consists in collocating the chamber in two different positions of its calibration process. Then, with air kerma-area product coefficient together with a corrected electrometer measure at referential conditions, the patient dosimetry magnitudes are calculated. The dosimetry necessity at hospitals always will be in function of possessing a highly reliable calibration coefficient chamber for making these measures. That dosimetry results will help in reducing the total or partial irradiation emitted to the human body of the patient. This is how stochastic risks will be lessened due to diagnostic studies. The purpose of this project is to have a synergy with calibration for making known that the SSDL of Mexico has the technical capacity to act as a link between primary standard dosimetry laboratories and the ionizing radiation equipment users who require that their KAP chamber have traceability from the primary standard to the user. (author)

  8. Measurement of conversion coefficients between air Kerma and personal dose equivalent and backscatter factors for diagnostic X-ray beams; Determinacao experimental dos coeficientes de conversao de Kerma no ar para o equivalente de dose pessoal, Hp(d), e fatores de retroespalhamento em feixes de raios-x diagnostico

    Rosado, Paulo Henrique Goncalves

    2008-07-01

    Two sets of quantities are import in radiological protection: the protection and operational quantities. Both sets can be related to basic physical quantities such as kerma through conversion coefficients. For diagnostic x-ray beams the conversion coefficients and backscatter factors have not been determined yet, those parameters are need for calibrating dosimeters that will be used to determine the personal dose equivalent or the entrance skin dose. Conversion coefficients between air kerma and personal dose equivalent and backscatter factors were experimentally determined for the diagnostic x-ray qualities RQR and RQA recommended by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The air kerma in the phantom and the mean energy of the spectrum were measured for such purpose. Harshaw LiF-100H thermoluminescent dosemeters (TLD) were used for measurements after being calibrated against an 180 cm{sup 3} Radcal Corporation ionization chamber traceable to a reference laboratory. A 300 mm x 300 mm x 150 mm polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) slab phantom was used for deep-dose measurements. Tl dosemeters were placed in the central axis of the x-ray beam at 5, 10, 15, 25 and 35 mm depth in the phantom upstream the beam direction Another required parameter for determining the conversion coefficients from was the mean energy of the x-ray spectrum. The spectroscopy of x-ray beams was done with a CdTe semiconductor detector that was calibrated with {sup 133} Ba, {sup 241} Am and {sup 57} Co radiation sources. Measurements of the x-ray spectra were carried out for all RQR and RQA IEC qualities. Corrections due to the detector intrinsic efficiency, total energy absorption, escape fraction of the characteristic x-rays, Compton effect and attenuation in the detector were done aiming an the accurate determination of the mean energy. Measured x-ray spectra were corrected with the stripping method by using these response functions. The typical combined standard uncertainties of conversion coefficients and backscatter factors were 12% and 6% respectively. (author)

  9. A new method for calculation of an air quality index

    Ilvessalo, P. [Finnish Meteorological Inst., Helsinki (Finland). Air Quality Dept.

    1995-12-31

    Air quality measurement programs in Finnish towns have expanded during the last few years. As a result of this it is more and more difficult to make use of all the measured concentration data. Citizens of Finnish towns are nowadays taking more of an interest in the air quality of their surroundings. The need to describe air quality in a simplified form has increased. Air quality indices permit the presentation of air quality data in such a way that prevailing conditions are more easily understandable than when using concentration data as such. Using an air quality index always means that some of the information about concentrations of contaminants in the air will be lost. How much information is possible to extract from a single index number depends on the calculation method. A new method for the calculation of an air quality index has been developed. This index always indicates the overstepping of an air quality guideline level. The calculation of this air quality index is performed using the concentrations of all the contaminants measured. The index gives information both about the prevailing air quality and also the short-term trend. It can also warn about the expected exceeding of guidelines due to one or several contaminants. The new index is especially suitable for the real-time monitoring and notification of air quality values. The behaviour of the index was studied using material from a measurement period in the spring of 1994 in Kaepylae, Helsinki. Material from a pre-operational period in the town of Oulu was also available. (author)

  10. Kerma constant of gamma radiation

    The values are tabulated of the gamma kerma constant for 106 radionuclides and an energy threshold of δ=0, 10, 20 and 30 keV. The calculated values will be useful in gamma radiation protection for ease of calculation of the kerma rate from a point radiation source. The study was required in view of the consistent introduction of SI units. (author)

  11. Refractive index of air for interferometric length measurements

    Abou-Zeid, A.

    2015-02-01

    The refractive index of air can be directly measured by a refractometer or can be calculated by using updated Edln's formulas by measuring the parameters of the surrounding air or by using the modified two-colour method. In this paper an overview on the three methods is given by taking into account for their features, uncertainties and application fields.

  12. Key comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K2 of the air-kerma standards of the CMI, Czech Republic and the BIPM in low-energy x-rays

    Burns, D. T.; Kessler, C.; Sochor, V.

    2016-01-01

    A key comparison has been made between the air-kerma standards of the CMI, Czech Republic and the BIPM in the low-energy x-ray range. The results show the standards to be in agreement at around the level of the standard uncertainty of the comparison of 3.5 parts in 103. The results are analysed and presented in terms of degrees of equivalence, suitable for entry in the BIPM key comparison database. Main text To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCRI, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA).

  13. Key Comparison APMP.RI(I)-K2 of air kerma standards for the CCRI reference radiation qualities for low-energy x-rays, including a supplementary comparison for the ISO 4037 narrow spectrum series

    An indirect comparison was performed between nine national standards for air kerma for the CCRI radiation qualities from 10 kV to 50 kV (APMP.RI(I)-K2) and for the ISO 4037 narrow spectrum series (15 kV and 40 kV). Among the nine institutes that participated in the comparison, seven institutes were APMP member laboratories. Three commercially available thin window parallel plate ionization chambers were used as transfer instruments and circulated among the participants. The pilot laboratory, the NMIJ/AIST, served also as the link to the corresponding BIPM.RI(I)-K2 comparison. The results show general agreement within the combined uncertainties, although certain results for Nuclear Malaysia, the BARC and the OAP show larger differences. (authors)

  14. Hold your breath: A new index of air pollution

    Environmental quality and climate change have been discussed prominently as urgent problems that – due to air pollution – produce severe consequences affecting the everyday life of millions of people. Using a Multiple Indicators Multiple Causes (MIMIC) model, we calculate a new index of air pollution and provide a ranking for 122 countries for every fifth year between 1985 and 2005. The empirical analysis supports the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) hypothesis and shows a significant influence of determinants such as energy efficiency, industrial production, the electricity produced from coal sources, and demographic transition on air pollution. According to the index, Norway, Switzerland, Japan, Luxembourg, and Iceland are among the top 5 countries in terms of air quality performance. Eritrea, Mozambique, Tajikistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ethiopia performed worst in 2005. - Highlights: ► We calculate a new index of air pollution and provide a ranking for 122 countries. ► The empirical analysis supports the EKC hypothesis. ► Country ranking of this air pollution index is comparable across the period 1985 to 2005. ► Definition of the underlying variables does not change and the methodology is consistent

  15. The air pollution index system in Hong Kong

    Lee, F.Y.P.; Gervat, G.P. [Hong Kong Government, Wanchai (Hong Kong). Environmental Protection Dept.

    1995-12-31

    The Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (EPD) is currently operating an air quality monitoring network in the territory. There are nine monitoring stations, each with air quality monitoring equipment, meteorological instruments and a data logger. Five minute averaged data are transmitted through telephone lines to the central computer at the EPD Air Laboratory and are also stored in the data logger on site, as backup. At present, the EPD releases its air quality measurements to the public via monthly and special press releases, and annual reports. However, as public awareness of air pollution problems has increased, there has been an urgent need for timely and simpler information about air pollution levels. The development and operation of an Air Pollution Index (API) system has addressed that need. This presentation discusses the API computation, the information and advice released to the general public and how they can access the API information. Some API results are also presented. (author)

  16. The use of air quality index (AQI) in environmental management

    The air quality index (AQI) is considered a global air quality index in a particular moment or day and in a specific monitoring station. The AQI is to be interpreted as a guiding air quality index for the general public. Specialists should take into account other factors when studying the pollution levels. The behaviour of air pollution is studied by using the AQI in two monitoring points in Regla, where the main pollutants are measured: SO2, NO2 and total suspended particulates. It was founded that particulates and NO2 are the pollutants that contribute most to the air quality deterioration, which occurs with greater frequency-days in the categories Poor and Bad, and show an increase in the categories Terrible and Critical. The necessary recommendations for the reduction of air pollution are given. The use of this AQI for assessing air pollution in settlements is recommended as a good tool for environmental information and management. A visual scale is proposed to improve and facilitate the public's understanding

  17. Hold Your Breath: A New Index of Air Quality

    Buehn, Andreas; Farzanegan, Mohammad Reza

    2011-01-01

    Environmental quality and climate change have long attracted attention in policy debates. Recently, air quality has emerged on the policy agenda. We calculate a new index of air quality using CO2 and SO2 emissions per capita as indicators and provide a ranking for 122 countries from 1985 to 2005. The empirical analysis supports the EKC hypothesis and shows a significant influence of determinants such as energy efficiency, industrial production, electricity produced from coal sources, and urba...

  18. Seasonal ARIMA for Forecasting Air Pollution Index: A Case Study

    Muhammad H. Lee; Nur H.A. Rahman; . Suhartono; Mohd T. Latif; Maria E. Nor; Nur A.B. Kamisan

    2012-01-01

    Problem statement: Both developed and developing countries are the major reason that affects the world environment quality. In that case, without limit or warning, this pollution may affect human health, agricultural, forest species and ecosystems. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the monthly and seasonal variations of Air Pollution Index (API) at all monitoring stations in Johor. Approach: In this study, time series models will be discussed to analyze future air quality and ...

  19. Alberta's air quality index : facts at your fingertip

    Alberta Environment measures the airborne concentrations of carbon dioxide, fine particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, ozone and sulphur dioxide on a continuous basis at air quality monitoring stations in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and Beaverlodge. Every hour, the readings are converted to an Air Quality Index (AQI) number to report on Alberta's outdoor air quality as either good, fair, poor or very poor. The categories relate to guidelines under Alberta's Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and reflect the maximum acceptable levels specified by the National Ambient Air Quality Objectives. Current air quality conditions are available to the public through Alberta Environment's web site or by phoning a toll free number. Both Edmonton and Calgary report good air quality at least 90 per cent of the time. Occasionally, air quality in the two cities may reach the fair category, but it is seldom poor. Fair, poor or very poor air quality occurs with strong temperature inversion and light winds. Under these conditions, air pollutants, usually from automobiles, are trapped in a layer of stagnant air. Fair and poor air quality can also be caused by summer heat when photochemical smog forms by chemical reactions with oxides of nitrogen and volatile hydrocarbons. 1 ref., 1 tab., 1 fig

  20. Air pollution forecast in cities by an air pollution index highly correlated with meteorological variables

    There are many different air pollution indexes which represent the global urban air pollution situation. The daily index studied here is also highly correlated with meteorological variables and this index is capable of identifying those variables that significantly affect the air pollution. The index is connected with attention levels of NO2, CO and O3 concentrations. The attention levels are fixed by a law proposed by the Italian Ministries of Health and Environment. The relation of that index with some meteorological variables is analysed by the linear multiple partial correlation statistical method. Florence, Milan and Vicence were selected to show the correlation among the air pollution index and the daily thermic excursion, the previous day's air pollution index and the wind speed. During the January-March period the correlation coefficient reaches 0.85 at Milan. The deterministic methods of forecasting air pollution concentrations show very high evaluation errors and are applied on limited areas around the observation stations, as opposed to the whole urban areas. The global air pollution, instead of the concentrations at specific observation stations, allows the evaluation of the level of the sanitary risk regarding the whole urban population. (Author)

  1. Air quality health index variation across British Columbia

    Hasselback, P. [Interior Health Authority, Kelowna, BC (Canada); Taylor, E. [British Columbia Ministry of Health Living and Sport, Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    2010-09-15

    The new Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) is a tool aiming to present the health risks related to air pollution in Canada. This index can be used by individuals to help them reduce their health risk resulting from poor air quality. An assessment of the short term health risk induced by poor air quality is provided to Canadians through the AQHI. The AQHI is based on three factors: ambient concentrations of nitrogen dioxide, fine particulate matter and ozone, the local air quality information being presented on an hourly and daily basis and being calculated each hour for several locations across Canada. Pulmonary disorders and impacts on cardiac function are the more significant short term health risks. Longer term exposure to poor air quality is associated with increased rates of allergies and asthma, low birth weight, atherosclerosis, poorer lung development in children, lung cancer and ear infections. Information on the AQHI and on the variation across British Columbia of the health risk associated with this index are presented in this document. 19 refs., 5 tabs., 5 figs.

  2. X Ray Spectrometry of Low Energy Photons for Determining Conversion Coefficients from Air Kerma, Ka, to Personal Dose Equivalent, Hp(10), for Radiation Qualities of the ISO Narrow Spectrum Series

    The pulse height spectra of the radiation qualities N-10 to N-120 of the ISO narrow spectrum series (N) were measured using a commercial Ge spectrometer and a specially designed lead collimator. For the unfolding of these spectra, three response matrices of the Ge spectrometer for different maximum energies and energy resolutions were calculated by the EGS4 (Electron Gamma Shower version 4) code incorporating the PRESTA and LSCAT options. Then, the pulse height spectra were unfolded with two different algorithms to check the correctness. To verify the measuring and unfolding method, the first half value layers (HVLs) were determined using small ionisation chambers and the fluence spectra. The mean photon energies were calculated, also on the basis of the fluence spectra, and compared with published values. For each radiation quality N-10 to N-120 the conversion coefficients hpK(10;N,α) from air kerma Ka to personal dose equivalent at 10mm depth, Hp (10,α), were calculated for angles of incidence α of 15, 30, 45, 60 deg. and 75 deg. between the unidirectional photon field and the normal to the slab phantom surface. Because the fluence spectra were influenced by the air density, in particular the low energy spectra, the hpK(10;N,α) values were normalised to reference conditions. Differences of up to about 88% between the hpK(10;N,α) values presented in this work and those given in ISO/FDIS 4037-3 were found. (author)

  3. Remarks on KERMA Factors in ACE files

    Konno, C.; Ochiai, K.; Takakura, K.; Sato, S.

    2014-04-01

    Some neutron KERMA factors in ACE files are negative and extremely large if nuclear data libraries do not keep energy-balance. The status of neutron KERMA factors in the official ACE file of ENDF/B-VII.1 is examined. As a result, it is found out that neutron KERMA factors of nuclei more than 200 in ENDF/B-VII.1 have some problems. Effects of the inadequate KERMA factor are also investigated, which are large for neutron heat while those are small for total (neutron + gamma) heat. Users who use only neutron KERMA factors should check if the factors are adequate or not before they use the factors.

  4. Comparison of air kerma-length product measurements between the PTB and the IAEA for x-radiation qualities used in computed tomography (EURAMET.RI(I)-S12, EURAMET project 1327)

    A comparison of air kerma-length product determinations for standard radiation qualities defined for use in computed tomography (CT) was performed between the PTB and the IAEA as EURAMET project 1327, registered in the KCDB as the EURAMET.RI(I)-S12 comparison. A pencil type reference-class ionization chamber of the IAEA and the three RQT beam qualities established according to the IEC standard 61627:2005 were selected for the comparison. The calibration coefficients for the transfer chamber in terms of Gy cm/C at the PTB and the IAEA using the partial irradiation method recommended in the IAEA TRS 457 were determined. The results show the calibration coefficients of both laboratories were in a very good agreement of about 0.2 % well within the estimated relative standard uncertainty of the comparison of about 0.8 %. Residual correction due to the additional aperture required for partial irradiation of pencil chambers and feasibility of the full irradiation method were also studied. (authors)

  5. Seasonal ARIMA for Forecasting Air Pollution Index: A Case Study

    Muhammad H. Lee

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Both developed and developing countries are the major reason that affects the world environment quality. In that case, without limit or warning, this pollution may affect human health, agricultural, forest species and ecosystems. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the monthly and seasonal variations of Air Pollution Index (API at all monitoring stations in Johor. Approach: In this study, time series models will be discussed to analyze future air quality and used in modeling and forecasting monthly future air quality in Malaysia. A Box-Jenkins ARIMA approach was applied in order to analyze the API values in Johor. Results: In all this three stations, high values recorded at sekolah menengah pasir gudang dua (CA0001. This situation indicates that the most polluted area in Johor located in Pasir Gudang. This condition appears to be the reason that Pasir Gudang is the most developed area especially in industrial activities. Conclusion: Time series model used in forecasting is an important tool in monitoring and controlling the air quality condition. It is useful to take quick action before the situations worsen in the long run. In that case, better model performance is crucial to achieve good air quality forecasting. Moreover, the pollutants must in consideration in analysis air pollution data.

  6. An innovative approach for determination of air quality health index.

    Gorai, Amit Kumar; Kanchan; Upadhyay, Abhishek; Tuluri, Francis; Goyal, Pramila; Tchounwou, Paul B

    2015-11-15

    Fuzzy-analytical hierarchical process (F-AHP) can be extended to determine fuzzy air quality health index (FAQHI) for deducing health risk associated with local air pollution levels, and subjective parameters. The present work aims at determining FAQHI by considering five air pollutant parameters (SO2, NO2, O3, CO, and PM10) and three subjective parameters (population sensitivity, population density and location sensitivity). Each of the individual pollutants has varying impacts. Hence the combined health effects associated with the pollutants were estimated by aggregating the pollutants with different weights. Global weights for each evaluation alternatives were determined using fuzzy-AHP method. The developed model was applied to determine FAQHI in Howrah City, India from daily-observed concentrations of air pollutants over the three-year period between 2009 and 2011. The FAQHI values obtained through this method in Howrah City range from 1 to 3. Since the permissible value of FAQHI (as calculated for NAAQS) for residential areas is 1.78, higher index values are of public health concern to the exposed individuals. During the period of study, the observed FAQHI values were found to be higher than 1.78 in most of the day in the months of January to March, and October to December. However, the index values were below the recommended limit during rest of the months. In conclusion, FAQHI in Howrah city was above permissible limit in winter months and within acceptable values in summer and rainy months. Diurnal variations of FAQHI showed a similar trend during the three-year period of assessment. PMID:26186464

  7. AIRS-CloudSat cloud mask and radar reflectivities collocation indexes V3.1

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This is AIRS-AMSU-CloudSat collocation indexes, in ASCII format. These data map CloudSat profile indexes to the collocated AMSU field of views, and AIRS IR...

  8. AIRS-CloudSat cloud mask and radar reflectivities collocation indexes V3.1

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration This is AIRS-AMSU-CloudSat collocation indexes, in ASCII format. These data map CloudSat profile indexes to the collocated AMSU field of views, and AIRS IR...

  9. Calculation of neutron kerma in tissues

    Neutron kerma of normal and tumor tissues has been calculated using the tissues elemental concentration. A program developed in Math cad contains the kerma factors of C, H, O, N, Na, Mg, P, S, Cl, K, etc. that are in normal and tumor human tissues. Having the elemental composition of any human tissue the neutron kerma can be calculated. The program was tested using the elemental composition of tumor tissues such as sarcoma, melanoma, carcinoma and adenoid cystic, also neutron kerma for adipose and muscle tissue for normal adult was calculated. The results are in agreement with those published in literature. The neutron kerma for water was also calculated because in some dosimetric calculations water is used to describe normal and tumor tissues. From this comparison was found that at larger energies kerma factors are approximately the same, but energies less than 100 eV the differences are large. (Author)

  10. Calculation of neutron kerma in tissues

    Vega C, H.R.; Manzanares A, E. [Unidades Academicas de Estudios Nucleares, Ing. Electrica y Matematicas, Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, A.P. 336, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico)]. E-mail: rvega@cantera.reduaz.mx

    2004-07-01

    Neutron kerma of normal and tumor tissues has been calculated using the tissues elemental concentration. A program developed in Math cad contains the kerma factors of C, H, O, N, Na, Mg, P, S, Cl, K, etc. that are in normal and tumor human tissues. Having the elemental composition of any human tissue the neutron kerma can be calculated. The program was tested using the elemental composition of tumor tissues such as sarcoma, melanoma, carcinoma and adenoid cystic, also neutron kerma for adipose and muscle tissue for normal adult was calculated. The results are in agreement with those published in literature. The neutron kerma for water was also calculated because in some dosimetric calculations water is used to describe normal and tumor tissues. From this comparison was found that at larger energies kerma factors are approximately the same, but energies less than 100 eV the differences are large. (Author)

  11. Neutron KERMA factors of human tissues

    A program to calculate the neutron KERMA in human tissues has been developed. The program was developed in Mathcad and contains the neutron kerma factors of those elements that are present in different human tissues. Having the elemental composition of any human tissue the neutron kerma can be easily calculated. The program was tested using the elemental composition of tumor tissues such as sarcoma, melanoma, carcinoma and adenoid cystic. Neutron kerma for adipose and muscle tissue for normal adult was calculated. The results are in agreement with those published in literature. The neutron kerma for water was also calculated because in some dosimetric calculations water is used to describe normal and tumor tissues. From this comparison was found that at larger energies kerma factors are approximately the same, but energies less than 100 eV the differences are large (au)

  12. Evaluation of kerma rate in radioactive waste disposal

    This study aims to assess the progression of kerma rate levels in the air due to the increase of collection, storing and storage of radioactive waste in the new building (after expansion) of the radioactive waste disposal (RWD) of the Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (IEN/CNEN-RJ), Brazil. This review is carried out every six months at IEN with thermoluminescent dosimeter lithium fluoride LiF: Mg, Cu, P (TLD-100H). Here are the average values of kerma rate for the period 2008- 2012. In this context, the methodology used for selection and choices of detectors used in dosimeters is presented. The detectors were chosen through homogeneity criteria of the pack, standardization factor and coefficient of variation (CV%). The monitoring points and the exposure time of the detectors are chosen considering various factors, including the rate of occupation and indoor and outdoor positions to RWD. These evaluations showed that the contribution of the new waste disposal in increasing kerma rate of IEN, has proved to be insignificant, that is, the presence of RWD does not contribute to increased environmental kerma rate in the region around this installation

  13. Comparison of the air-kerma standards of the ENEA-INMRI and the BIPM in the medium-energy X-ray range

    An indirect comparison has been made between the air erma standards of the ENEA-INMRI and the BIPM in the medium-energy x-ray range. The results show the standards to be in general agreement within the stated uncertainty, although there is evidence of a trend in the results at different radiation qualities. (authors)

  14. Comparison of the air-kerma standards of the PTB and the BIPM in the medium-energy X-ray range

    An indirect comparison has been made between the air erma standards of the PTB and the BIPM in the medium-energy x-ray range. The results show the standards to be in general agreement at the level of the stated standard uncertainty, although the result for the 100 kV radiation quality differs significantly from that for the other qualities. (authors)

  15. Comparison of the air-kerma standards of the VNIIM and the BIPM in the low-energy X-ray range

    An indirect comparison has been made between the air erma standards of the VNIIM and the BIPM in the low-energy x-ray range. The results show the standards to be in agreement at the level of one to two standard uncertainties. The trend in the results at different radiation qualities is explained in terms of the photon-scatter correction applied to the VNIIM standard. (authors)

  16. Computation of conversion coefficients relating air Kerma to Hp(0.07,α), Hp(10,α), and H*(10) for x-ray narrow spectrum from 40 to 140 kV

    A computation method was implemented to predict the conversion coefficients and the angular dependence factors relating air Kerma to Hp(0.07,α), Hp(10,α), and H*(10) in an ICRU slab phantom for tungsten anode x-ray spectra for tube potentials from 40 to 140 kV. The simulation of the unfiltered x-ray spectra is based on the Boone and Seibert model. The calculation of conversion coefficients were performed for an x-ray narrow spectrum at any filtration material and tube potentials in the diagnostic radiology range. This computation method has been checked for five narrow x-ray spectra using a comparison of the results with published data given by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In all cases, the mean deviation of the calculated mean conversion coefficients values do not exceed 1% for Hp (0.07,α) and 1.5% for Hp (10,α), except at 60 deg. where a mean deviation from the ISO values of 1.72% and of 2.27% was, respectively, found. But it is still lower than the mean deviation of 2.31% for Hp(0.07,α), and of 3.08% for Hp(10,α) observed at this angle between ISO and ANSI values. Otherwise, the computed values of conversion coefficients of H*(10) differ by only 0.41% from the ISO values. The results of this computation method can be considered satisfactory considering the accuracy required in radioprotection fields, and can allow an appreciable estimation of conversion coefficients for the narrow x-ray spectra indispensable to calibrate the personnel dosimeters in terms of the personal dose equivalent

  17. Experimental comparison among the laboratories accredited within the framework of the European Co-operation for Accreditation on the calibration of a radiation protection dosimeters in the terms of the quantity air Kerma

    The European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) formalises the collaboration of the Accreditation Bodies of the Member States of the European Union and the European Free Trade Association covering all conformity assessment activities. This collaboration is based on a Memorandum of Understanding dated the 27 November 1997 and aims at developing and maintain Multilateral Agreements (MLAs) within EA and with non-members accreditation bodies. MLAs Signatories guarantee uniformity of accreditation by continuous and rigorous evaluation. Based on mutual confidence, the MLAs recognise the equivalence of the accreditation systems administered by EA Members and of certificates and reports issued by bodies accredited under these systems. A basic element of the program to establish and maintain mutual confidence among calibration services is the participation of the accredited laboratories in experimental interlaboratory comparisons (ILC) organised by EA members or other international organisations. The aim of these ILC is to verify the technical equivalence of calibration services within the EA. The ILC which it is dealt with in the present work was recently carried out over a period of two years, ending in May 2002. It interested the laboratories accredited in the ionising radiation field for calibration of dosimeters at radiation protection levels in terms of the quantity air kerma (Kair) due to 60Co and 137Cs gamma radiation. The ILC was planned by the EA expert group on Ionising radiation and radioactivity and approved by the EA General Assembly in December 1999 with the title Calibration of a Radiation Protection Dosimeter under the code IR3. The need of this comparison also resulted from an inquiry carried out in 1998 by the expert group among the different Accreditation Bodies members of EA and associated to EA. The organization of the ILC was carried out according to the EA rules by the Italian Accreditation Body in the ionising radiation field, the SIT-ENEA , in cooperation with the Italian National Metrology Institute in the ionising radiation field, the ENEA-INMRI, as the reference laboratory

  18. In-patient to isocenter KERMA ratios in CT

    Huda, Walter; Ogden, Kent M.; Lavallee, Robert L.; Roskopf, Marsha L.; Scalzetti, Ernest M. [Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), 96 Jonathan Lucas Street (MSC 323), Charleston, South Carolina 29425-3230 (United States); Department of Radiology, SUNY Upstate Medical University, 750 E Adams Street, Syracuse, New York 13210 (United States)

    2011-10-15

    Purpose: To estimate in-patient KERMA for specific organs in computed tomography (CT) scanning using ratios to isocenter free-in-air KERMA obtained using a Rando phantom.Method: A CT scan of an anthropomorphic phantom results in an air KERMA K at a selected phantom location and air kerma K{sub CT} at the CT scanner isocenter when the scan is repeated in the absence of the phantom. The authors define the KERMA ratio (R{sub K}) as K/ K{sub CT}, which were experimentally determined in a Male Rando Phantom using lithium fluoride chips (TLD-100). R{sub K} values were obtained for a total of 400 individual point locations, as well as for 25 individual organs of interest in CT dosimetry. CT examinations of Rando were performed on a GE LightSpeed Ultra scanner operated at 80 kV, 120 kV, and 140 kV, as well as a Siemens Sensation 16 operated at 120 kV. Results: At 120 kV, median R{sub K} values for the GE and Siemens scanners were 0.60 and 0.64, respectively. The 10th percentile R{sub K} values ranged from 0.34 at 80 kV to 0.54 at 140 kV, and the 90th percentile R{sub K} values ranged from 0.64 at 80 kV to 0.78 at 140 kV. The average R{sub K} for the 25 Rando organs at 120 kV was 0.61 {+-} 0.08. Average R{sub K} values in the head, chest, and abdomen showed little variation. Relative to R{sub K} values in the head, chest, and abdomen obtained at 120 kV, R{sub K} values were about 12% lower in the pelvis and about 58% higher in the cervical spine region. Average R{sub K} values were about 6% higher on the Siemens Sensation 16 scanner than the GE LightSpeed Ultra. Reducing the x-ray tube voltage from 120 kV to 80 kV resulted in an average reduction in R{sub K} value of 34%, whereas increasing the x-ray tube voltage to 140 kV increased the average R{sub K} value by 9%. Conclusions: In-patient to isocenter relative KERMA values in Rando phantom can be used to estimate organ doses in similar sized adults undergoing CT examinations from easily measured air KERMA values at the isocenter (free in air). Conversion from in-patient air KERMA values to tissue dose would require the use of energy-appropriate conversion factors.

  19. Comparison of conversion coefficients for equivalent dose in terms of air kerma using a sitting and standing female adult voxel simulators exposure to photons in antero-posterior irradiation geometry

    Due to the difficulty in implementing invasive techniques for calculations of dose for some exposure scenarios, computational simulators have been created to represent as realistically as possible the structures of the human body and through radiation transport simulations to obtain conversion coefficients (CCs) to estimate dose. In most published papers simulators are implemented in the standing posture and this may not describe a real scenario of exposure. In this work we developed exposure scenarios in the Visual Monte Carlo (VMC) code using a female simulator in standing and sitting postures. The simulator was irradiated in the antero-posterior (AP) geometry by a plane source of monoenergetic photons with energy from 10 keV to 2 MeV. The conversion coefficients for equivalent dose in terms of air kerma (HT/Kair) were calculated for both scenarios and compared. The results show that the percentage difference of CCs for the organs of the head and thorax was not significant (less than 5%) since the anatomic position of the organs is the same in both postures. The percentage difference is more significant to the ovaries (71% for photon energy of 20 keV), to the bladder (39% at 60 keV) and to the uterus (37% at 100 keV) due to different processes of radiation interactions in the legs of the simulator when its posture is changed. For organs and tissues that are distributed throughout the entire body, such as bone (21% at 100 keV) and muscle (30% at 80 keV) the percentage difference of CCs reflects a reduction of interaction of photons with the legs of the simulator. Therefore, the calculation of conversion coefficients using simulators in the sitting posture is relevant for a more accurate dose estimation in real exposures to radiation. - Highlights: ► Scenarios of external photon exposures were performed in VMC code. ► The FAX simulator was irradiated in sitting and standing postures. ► The irradiation geometry used was the antero-posterior (AP). ► The conversion coefficients for sitting and standing postures were compared. ► Photoelectric and Compton effects were the main processes of energy deposition

  20. Comparison of conversion coefficients for equivalent dose in terms of air kerma for photons using a male adult voxel simulator in sitting and standing posture with geometry of irradiation antero-posterior

    The dose conversion coefficient (DCC) is important to quantify and assess effective doses associated with medical, professional and public exposures. The calculation of DCCs using anthropomorphic simulators and radiation transport codes is justified since in-vivo measurement of effective dose is extremely difficult and not practical for occupational dosimetry. DCCs have been published by the ICRP using simulators in a standing posture, which is not always applicable to all exposure scenarios, providing an inaccurate dose estimation. The aim of this work was to calculate DCCs for equivalent dose in terms of air kerma (H/Kair) using the Visual Monte Carlo (VMC) code and the VOXTISS8 adult male voxel simulator in sitting and standing postures. In both postures, the simulator was irradiated by a plane source of monoenergetic photons in antero-posterior (AP) geometry. The photon energy ranged from 15 keV to 2 MeV. The DCCs for both postures were compared and the DCCs for the standing simulator were higher. For certain organs, the difference of DCCs were more significant, as in gonads (48% higher), bladder (16% higher) and colon (11% higher). As these organs are positioned in the abdominal region, the posture of the anthropomorphic simulator modifies the form in which the radiation is transported and how the energy is deposited. It was also noted that the average percentage difference of conversion coefficients was 33% for the bone marrow, 11% for the skin, 13% for the bone surface and 31% for the muscle. For other organs, the percentage difference of the DCCs for both postures was not relevant (less than 5%) due to no anatomical changes in the organs of the head, chest and upper abdomen. We can conclude that is important to obtain DCCs using different postures from those present in the scientific literature. - Highlights: • Scenarios of external photon exposures were performed in VMC code. • The VOXTISS8 simulator was irradiated in standing and sitting postures. • The irradiation geometry used was the antero-posterior (AP). • The DCCs for standing and sitting postures were compared. • Significant differences between the DCCs in both postures were observed

  1. DEFINITION OF NOVEL HEALTH AND AIR POLLUTION INDEX BASED ON SHORT TERM EXPOSURE AND AIR CONCENTRATION LEVELS

    Pelliccioni, A.; Gariazzo, C.; De Dominicis, M.

    2008-01-01

    Abstract: Health impact assessment has become important in the development of air quality policies and in finding the relationships between pollutants concentration and health effects. In our work we presented a novel index able to evaluate the effects on the human exposure caused by ambient air pollution in urban areas. The index is able to link both health risk factors and pollutants levels. The indexes is of additive type and is composed by two terms: the former is based on pollut...

  2. High-precision diode-laser-based temperature measurement for air refractive index compensation

    Hieta, Tuomas; Merimaa, Mikko; Vainio, Markku; SeppÀ, Jeremias; Lassila, Antti

    2011-01-01

    We present a laser-based system to measure the refractive index of air over a long path length. In optical distance measurements it is essential to know the refractive index of air with high accuracy. Commonly, the refractive index of air is calculated from the properties of the ambient air using either Ciddor or Edlén equations, where the dominant uncertainty component is in most cases the air temperature. The method developed in this work utilises direct absorption spectroscopy of oxygen t...

  3. Neutron kerma coefficient: Reference tissue for tumours

    Neutron kerma coefficients were calculated in different media: 4 malignant tumours, 5 normal tissues and 3 tissue substitute in the range 11 eV-29 MeV. The objective was to identify which is the material that better reproduces the behavior of these tumours and tissues. These tissues have clinical interest in interstitial brachytherapy applications with fast neutron source (Cf-252). The small differences of elemental composition among these tissues produce variation in the neutron kerma coefficients. The results show that the neutron kerma coefficients for malignant tumours are smaller than soft tissue from 6% to 9%. Also, the muscle is the tissue that best represents the dosimetric behavior for the tumours and tissues analyzed in this paper for neutron energies >1 keV, where this coefficients show minor variation.

  4. Tolerance Levels of Roadside Trees to Air Pollutants Based on Relative Growth Rate and Air Pollution Tolerance Index

    SULISTIJORINI; ZAINAL ALIM MAS’UD; NIZAR NASRULLAH; AHMAD BEY; SOEKISMAN TJITROSEMITO

    2008-01-01

    Motor vehicles release carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, and particulate matters to the air as pollutants. Vegetation can absorb these pollutants through gas exchange processes. The objective of this study was to examine the combination of the relative growth rate (RGR) and physiological responses in determining tolerance levels of plant species to air pollutants. Physiological responses were calculated as air pollution tolerance index (APTI). Eight roadside tree species wer...

  5. Towards the Application of Fuzzy Logic for Developing a Novel Indoor Air Quality Index (FIAQI

    Allahbakhsh JAVID

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: In the past few decades, Indoor Air Pollution (IAP has become a primary concern to the point. It is increasingly believed to be of equal or greater importance to human health compared to ambient air. However, due to the lack of comprehensive indices for the integrated assessment of indoor air quality (IAQ, we aimed to develop a novel, Fuzzy-Based Indoor Air Quality Index (FIAQI to bridge the existing gap in this area. Methods: We based our index on fuzzy logic, which enables us to overcome the limitations of traditional methods applied to develop environmental quality indices. Fifteen parameters, including the criteria air pollutants, volatile organic compounds, and bioaerosols were included in the FIAQI due mainly to their significant health effects. Weighting factors were assigned to the parameters based on the medical evidence available in the literature on their health effects. The final FIAQI consisted of 108 rules. In order to demonstrate the performance of the index, data were intentionally generated to cover a variety of quality levels. In addition, a sensitivity analysis was conducted to assess the validity of the index. Results: The FIAQI tends to be a comprehensive tool to classify IAQ and produce accurate results.Conclusion: It seems useful and reliable to be considered by authorities to assess IAQ environments. Keywords: Indoor air pollution (IAP, Fuzzy-based indoor air quality index (FIAQI, Indoor air quality (IAQ

  6. Air refractivity index in optical region: formulas and measurement in CZ

    Pešice, Petr; Fišer, Ondřej; Chládová, Zuzana; Brázda, Vladimír

    Portsmouth : University of Portsmouth, 2012, COST IC0802/1-COST IC0802/7. [MCM 7. Portsmouth (GB), 16.04.2012-18.04.2012] R&D Projects: GA MŠk OC09027 Institutional support: RVO:68378289 Keywords : Refractivity index * structure index * free-space optics * temperature * humidity * air pressure Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  7. A comparative study for air pollution tolerance index of some terrestrial plant species

    R.N. Lohe; B. Tyagi; Singh, V; P. Tyagi; D.R. Khanna; R. Bhutiani

    2015-01-01

    Although water and land pollution are very dangerous, air pollution has its own peculiarities due to its transboundary dispersion of pollutants over the entire world. In any well planned urban set up, industrial pollution takes a back seat and vehicular emissions take precedence as the major cause of urban air pollution. In the present study, Air pollution tolerance index was calculated for various plant species growing at two sites Nagal village at Sahastradhara Road and the Clock Tower (the...

  8. Association of geographical distribution of air quality index and type 2 diabetes mellitus in Isfahan, Iran

    Tahmasebi, Azadeh; Amin, Mohammad Mehdi; Poursafa, Parinaz; Iraj, Bijan; Sadeghiyan, Hamidreza; Kelishadi, Roya; Sadeghian, Babak

    2015-01-01

    Objectives: Air pollution is a hazardous environmental problem with several adverse health effects including its impact on the development of chronic diseases as diabetes mellitus. This study aimed to investigate the association of geographical distribution of air quality index (AQI) and type 2 diabetes mellitus in an air-polluted city by using geographic information system (GIS). Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in Isfahan, Iran. The records that have been registered from 20...

  9. A comparative study for air pollution tolerance index of some terrestrial plant species

    R.N. Lohe

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Although water and land pollution are very dangerous, air pollution has its own peculiarities due to its transboundary dispersion of pollutants over the entire world. In any well planned urban set up, industrial pollution takes a back seat and vehicular emissions take precedence as the major cause of urban air pollution. In the present study, Air pollution tolerance index was calculated for various plant species growing at two sites Nagal village at Sahastradhara Road and the Clock Tower (the experimental site of Dehradun city, India. The leaf samples were collected from 7 commonly present tree species. The results showed significant effects of various air pollutants on the vegetation in terms of four biochemical parameters analysed. Four physiological and biochemical parameters, which are leaf relative water content, Ascorbic acid content, total leaf chlorophyll content and leaf extract pH were used to compute the air pollution tolerance index values. Statistically significant difference was observed between control and experimental group for Ascorbic acid, t(6=-4.848,p=.003. Paired t test for air pollution tolerance index between the two groups showed a statistically significant difference, t (6 = -4.548, p=.004. On the basis of air pollution tolerance index values for above mentioned seven tree species, Eucalyptus globus exhibited the highest degree of tolerance at all the sites followed by Ficus religiosa > Mangifera indica > Polyalthia longifolia > Phyllanthus emblica > Citrus limon > Lantana camara.

  10. High-precision diode-laser-based temperature measurement for air refractive index compensation

    We present a laser-based system to measure the refractive index of air over a long path length. In optical distance measurements, it is essential to know the refractive index of air with high accuracy. Commonly, the refractive index of air is calculated from the properties of the ambient air using either Ciddor or Edlen equations, where the dominant uncertainty component is in most cases the air temperature. The method developed in this work utilizes direct absorption spectroscopy of oxygen to measure the average temperature of air and of water vapor to measure relative humidity. The method allows measurement of temperature and humidity over the same beam path as in optical distance measurement, providing spatially well-matching data. Indoor and outdoor measurements demonstrate the effectiveness of the method. In particular, we demonstrate an effective compensation of the refractive index of air in an interferometric length measurement at a time-variant and spatially nonhomogeneous temperature over a long time period. Further, we were able to demonstrate 7 mK RMS noise over a 67 m path length using a 120 s sample time. To our knowledge, this is the best temperature precision reported for a spectroscopic temperature measurement.

  11. Neutron kerma coefficients of compounds for shielding and dosimetry

    Highlights: • Neutron kerma coefficients of compounds were calculated. • Kerma coefficients are lowest in intermediate energy (10 eV–10 keV). • Kerma coefficients are large for compounds containing large low-Z elements. • Resonance in kerma coefficients is observed for the oxygen containing compounds. • At larger energies kerma coefficients are approximately the same. - Abstract: Alloys, concretes, glasses, neutron shielding material, polymers, nuclear track detectors, are being used for shielding and dosimetry applications. The neutron kerma coefficients of eighteen compounds have been calculated for neutrons energy less than 30 MeV; these compounds are used as shielding and dosimetric materials. The kerma coefficients are found lowest for all the compounds in intermediate energy (10 eV < E < 10 keV). The neutron kerma coefficients are higher for the compounds containing large weight fraction of low-Z elements. A resonance in neutron kerma coefficient is observed for the large amount of oxygen containing compounds. It is found that at high energies kerma coefficients are approximately same, but very large differences for energy less than 100 eV

  12. Can the Air Pollution Index be used to communicate the health risks of air pollution?

    The validity of using the Air Pollution Index (API) to assess health impacts of air pollution and potential modification by individual characteristics on air pollution effects remain uncertain. We applied distributed lag non-linear models (DLNMs) to assess associations of daily API, specific pollution indices for PM10, SO2, NO2 and the weighted combined API (APIw) with mortality during 2003–2011 in Guangzhou, China. An increase of 10 in API was associated with a 0.88% (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.50, 1.27%) increase of non-accidental mortality at lag 0–2 days. Harvesting effects appeared after 2 days’ exposure. The effect estimate of API over lag 0–15 days was statistically significant and similar with those of pollutant-specific indices and APIw. Stronger associations between API and mortality were observed in the elderly, females and residents with low educational attainment. In conclusion, the API can be used to communicate health risks of air pollution. - Highlights: • The cumulative effects of API on mortality over lag 0–15 days remained significant. • The indices for three specific pollutants had similar associations with mortality. • The effects of API were modified by age, gender and educational attainment. • Our findings can help to communicate health risks of air pollution to the public. - The Air Pollution Index communicates health risks of air pollution

  13. ZZ KERMAL, Neutron and Gamma Kerma Library from ENDL and EGDL

    Description of program or function: 1 - Calculated Neutron Kerma Factors: - Format: TART Monte Carlo neutron transport code; - Number of groups: 175 neutron energy groups; - Nuclides: tissue, bone, muscle, standard man, plastic,nylon-6.6/6, Lucite, liquid muscle equivalent, water, acetylene, dry air, water-saturated air, carbon dioxide, Ethylene, Te gas with methane. - Origin: LLNL Evaluated Nuclear Data Library (ENDL). 2 - Calculated Photon kerma Factors: - Format: TART Monte Carlo neutron transport code; - Number of groups: 191 energy groups; - Nuclides: tissue, bone, muscle, standard man, plastic,nylon-6.6/6, Lucite, liquid muscle equivalent, water, acetylene, dry air, water-saturated air, carbon dioxide, Ethylene, Te gas with methane. - Origin: LLNL Evaluated Gamma-Ray Data Library (ENDL). These libraries contain neutron and gamma ray Kerma factors. KENDL, the neutron Kerma factors have been calculated from the LLNL Evaluated Nuclear Data Library (ENDL) data file. The results are for the 175 neutron energy groups used by the TART Monte Carlo neutron transport code for isotopes and elemental mixtures. They are tabulated for 15 composite materials and for the isotopes or elements in the ENDL file from Z=1 to Z=29. The incident neutron energies range from 1.882 x 1.0 E-5 to 20 MeV for the composite materials and from 1.307 x 1.0 E-9 to 20 MeV for the isotopes and elements. KEGDL, the gamma-ray KERMA factors calculated from the LLNL Evaluated Gamma-Ray Data Library (EGDL) file, are tabulated for the elements from Z=1 to Z=30 and for 15 composite materials. The KERMA factors are presented for 191 energy groups over the incident photon energy range from 100 eV to 100 MeV. The following composite materials are tabulated: tissue, bone, muscle, standard man, plastic, nylon-6.6/6, Lucite, liquid muscle equivalent, water, acetylene, dry air, water-saturated air, carbon dioxide, gas Te with methane

  14. Suppression of Air Refractive Index Variations in High-Resolution Interferometry

    Zden?k Buchta

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available The influence of the refractive index of air has proven to be a major problem on the road to improvement of the uncertainty in interferometric displacement measurements. We propose an approach with two counter-measuring interferometers acting as a combination of tracking refractometer and a displacement interferometer referencing the wavelength of the laser source to a mechanical standard made of a material with ultra-low thermal expansion. This technique combines length measurement within a specified range with measurement of the refractive index fluctuations in one axis. Errors caused by different position of the interferometer laser beam and air sensors are thus eliminated. The method has been experimentally tested in comparison with the indirect measurement of the refractive index of air in a thermal controlled environment. Over a 1 K temperature range an agreement on the level of 5 10?8 has been achieved.

  15. Tissue kerma vs distance relationships for initial nuclear radiation from the atomic bombs Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Initial nuclear radiation is comprised of prompt neutrons and prompt primary gamma rays from an exploding nuclear device, prompt secondary gamma rays produced by neutron interactions in the environment, and delayed neutrons and delayed fission-product gamma rays from the fireball formed after the nuclear device explodes. These various components must all be considered in establishing tissue kerma vs distance relationships which describe the decrease of initial nuclear radiation with distance in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. An interest in initial nuclear radiation at distances of as much as 2000 m from the hypocenter demands the use of discrete ordinates transport (DOT) techniques. The two-dimensional (2D) DOT-IV code developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) was used to calculate the tissue kerma in an air-over-ground geometry from prompt neutrons and prompt primary gamma rays and from prompt secondary gamma rays produced in air and in soil. Data from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) were used as the source terms. The tissue kerma at ground level from delayed fission-product gamma rays and delayed neutrons, was investigated using the NUIDEA code developed by Science Applications, Inc., (SAI). This code incorporates very detailed models which can take into account such features as the immediate rise of the fireball, the rapid radioactive decay of fission-products in it, and the perturbation of the atmosphere by the explosion. Tissue kerma vs distance relationships obtained by summing results of these current state-of-the-art calculations will be discussed. Our results clearly show that the prompt secondary gamma rays and delayed fission-product gamma rays are the dominant components of the total tissue kerma from initial nuclear radiation of the atomic (or pure-fission) devices detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (author)

  16. Real-time compensation of the refractive index of air in distance measurement.

    Kang, Hyun Jay; Chun, Byung Jae; Jang, Yoon-Soo; Kim, Young-Jin; Kim, Seung-Woo

    2015-10-01

    A two-color scheme of heterodyne laser interferometer is devised for distance measurements with the capability of real-time compensation of the refractive index of the ambient air. A fundamental wavelength of 1555 nm and its second harmonic wavelength of 777.5 nm are generated, with stabilization to the frequency comb of a femtosecond laser, to provide fractional stability of the order of 3.0 10(-12) at 1 s averaging. Achieved uncertainty is of the order of 10(-8) in measuring distances of 2.5 m without sensing the refractive index of air in adverse environmental conditions. PMID:26480151

  17. Towards the Application of Fuzzy Logic for Developing a Novel Indoor Air Quality Index (FIAQI)

    JAVID, Allahbakhsh; HAMEDIAN, Amir Abbas; GHARIBI, Hamed; SOWLAT, Mohammad Hossein

    2016-01-01

    Background: In the past few decades, Indoor Air Pollution (IAP) has become a primary concern to the point. It is increasingly believed to be of equal or greater importance to human health compared to ambient air. However, due to the lack of comprehensive indices for the integrated assessment of indoor air quality (IAQ), we aimed to develop a novel, Fuzzy-Based Indoor Air Quality Index (FIAQI) to bridge the existing gap in this area. Methods: We based our index on fuzzy logic, which enables us to overcome the limitations of traditional methods applied to develop environmental quality indices. Fifteen parameters, including the criteria air pollutants, volatile organic compounds, and bioaerosols were included in the FIAQI due mainly to their significant health effects. Weighting factors were assigned to the parameters based on the medical evidence available in the literature on their health effects. The final FIAQI consisted of 108 rules. In order to demonstrate the performance of the index, data were intentionally generated to cover a variety of quality levels. In addition, a sensitivity analysis was conducted to assess the validity of the index. Results: The FIAQI tends to be a comprehensive tool to classify IAQ and produce accurate results. Conclusion: It seems useful and reliable to be considered by authorities to assess IAQ environments.

  18. Measurement of air refractive index based on surface plasmon resonance and phase detection.

    Chen, Qianghua; Luo, Huifu; Wang, Sumei; Wang, Feng

    2012-07-15

    A method for refractive index of air measurement is presented based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and phase detection using a dual-frequency laser interferometer. Theoretical analyses indicate that the phase-difference variation of the measurement signal versus the reference signal is linear with refractive index of air (RIA) fluctuation, and the calculation formula of RIA is derived. The structure design of the self-adaptive SPR sensor greatly reduces the measurement error resulting from the incident angle shift and improves the sensitivity. The experiments show that measurement uncertainty of 10(-6) order has been achieved when phase detection precision is 0.1. The phenomenon of sudden phase variation during air pumping and air filling, which is caused by temperature fluctuation, is discussed. PMID:22825177

  19. Forecasting of Air Quality Index in Delhi Using Neural Network Based on Principal Component Analysis

    Kumar, Anikender; Goyal, P.

    2013-04-01

    Forecasting of the air quality index (AQI) is one of the topics of air quality research today as it is useful to assess the effects of air pollutants on human health in urban areas. It has been learned in the last decade that airborne pollution has been a serious and will be a major problem in Delhi in the next few years. The air quality index is a number, based on the comprehensive effect of concentrations of major air pollutants, used by Government agencies to characterize the quality of the air at different locations, which is also used for local and regional air quality management in many metro cities of the world. Thus, the main objective of the present study is to forecast the daily AQI through a neural network based on principal component analysis (PCA). The AQI of criteria air pollutants has been forecasted using the previous day's AQI and meteorological variables, which have been found to be nearly same for weekends and weekdays. The principal components of a neural network based on PCA (PCA-neural network) have been computed using a correlation matrix of input data. The evaluation of the PCA-neural network model has been made by comparing its results with the results of the neural network and observed values during 2000-2006 in four different seasons through statistical parameters, which reveal that the PCA-neural network is performing better than the neural network in all of the four seasons.

  20. Survivor dosimetry. Part A. Fluence-to-kerma conversion coefficients

    An important step in the dosimetry evaluation is to relate the radiation passing through a unit volume of a material of interest (fluence) to the energy release (kerma) in the material, which determines the absorbed dose. The fluence-to-kerma conversion coefficients or 'kerma coefficients' used in the Dosimetry System 1986 (DS86) are taken from Kerr (1982). These kerma coefficients are based on body tissue compositions for Reference Man from the International Commission on Radiological Protection (1975) and Kerr (1982), the mass energy-absorption coefficients for photons from Hubbell (1982), and the elemental kerma coefficients for neutrons from Caswell et al. (1980). Hence, the kerma coefficients used in DS86 are approximately 20 years old. In order to provide an updated set of kerma coefficients for use in the Dosimetry System 2002 (DS02), a new evaluation has been completed. This new evaluation considered recently suggested changes in the composition of soft tissues of the body in ICRU Report 44 (International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements 1989), the mass energy-absorption coefficients for photons by Hubbell and Seltzer (1996), and the elemental kerma coefficients for neutrons in ICRU Report 63 (International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements 2000). The new DS02 kerma coefficients for soft tissue are presented as both point-wise data for use in Monte Carlo radiation transport calculations and multigroup data for use in discrete ordinates radiation transport calculations. (author)

  1. Arima and integrated arfima models for forecasting air pollution index in Shah Alam, Selangor

    Air pollution is one of the major issues that has been affecting human health, agricultural crops, forest species and ecosystems. Since 1980, Malaysia has had a series of haze episodes and the worst ever was reported in 1997. As a result, the government has established the Malaysia Air Quality Guidelines, the Air Pollution Index (API) and Haze Action Plan, to improve the air quality. The API was introduced as an index system for classifying and reporting the ambient air quality in Malaysia. The API for a given period is calculated based on the sub-index value (sub-API) for all the five air pollutants, namely sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ozone (O3), carbon monoxide (CO) and particulate matter below 10 micron size (PM10). The forecast of air pollution can be used for air pollution assessment and management. It can serve as information and warning to the public in cases of high air pollution levels and for policy management of many different chemical compounds. Hence, the objective of this project is to fit and illustrate the use of time series models in forecasting the API in Shah Alam, Selangor. The data used in this study consists of 70 monthly observations of API (from March 1998 to December 2003) published in the Annual Reports of the Department of Environment, Selangor. The time series models that were being considered were the Integrated Autoregressive Moving Average (ARIMA) and the Integrated Long Memory Model (ARFIMA) models. The lowest MAE, RMSE and MAPE values were used as the model selection criteria. Between these two models considered, the integrated ARFIMA model appears to be the better model as it has the lowest MAPE value. However, the actual value of May 2003 falls outside the 95% forecast interval, probably due to emissions from mobile sources (i.e., motor vehicles), industrial emissions, burning of solid wastes and forest fires. (author)

  2. Effect of scintillometer height on structure parameter of the refractive index of air measurements

    Scintillometers measure amount of scintillations by emitting a beam of light over a horizontal path and expresses as the atmospheric turbulence structure parameter as the refractive index of air (Cn**2). Cn**2 represents the turbulent strength of the atmosphere and describes the ability of the atmos...

  3. Index to the 1st through 16th AEC/ERDA/DOE nuclear air cleaning conferences

    The Proceedings of the sixteen conferences comprise a vertible encyclopedia on the technology of nuclear air and gas treatment and the control of airborne nuclear waste. These Proceedings cover the history of the technology; describe most of the research and developments in the field, worldwide, since the early 1950's; describe the problems that have been encountered and the solutions found to those problems; and summarize experience with equipment and systems developed for the control of airborne radioactive wastes in laboratory, radiochemical, and reactor operations, both government and commercial. The problem with this encyclopedia is that there has been no index to it; there has been no easy way for searching it to find what was available. This index fills the gap. The first conference was an informal meeting of a number of interested parties from among the then AEC contractors. Consequently, there were no proceedings for that meeting. The subsequent conferences, with their years, locations, and Proceedings numbers, are listed. This index consists of three parts: a tabulation of papers and their authors by paper number (Part I); a tabulation of papers and their paper numbers by author (Part II); and a key-word-in context (KWIC) index of papers. The paper number is a two-part designation consisting of the number of the conference (2, 3...16) followed by the page number of the paper in the corresponding Proceedings. The author index lists each author who has participated in the air cleaning conferences over the years, and the paper index lists all authors of the respective papers. The KWIC index is, in effect, a comprehensive subject cross index; each paper is listed as many times, by keyword, as there are major terms (i.e., keywords) in its title. Although this multiple listing results in a lengthy list, it provides a very deep cross-indexing of the papers

  4. Preparation and determination of kerma for Iridium 192 sources of low dose rate for brachytherapy

    The practice of Brachytherapy with Iridium-192 sources of low dose rate (0.4 - 0.8 Gy/h) is a technique used in the treatment of diverse illnesses. in this work the preparation, quality control and calibration are presented in terms of kerma in air of Iridium-192 using as target these recycled Iridium-Platinum wires. The targets were obtained as decayed sources of different radio therapeutical centers in the country and they were characterized by Scanning electron microscopy in order to determine their chemical composition. Subsequently it was developed an experimental design to establish the effect of neutron flux, geometrical array and irradiation time over the activity and percentage of the sources homogeneity. The homogeneity was determined by auto radiography and by Gamma spectroscopy. Once the optimal irradiation conditions were established, it is determined the apparent activity and kerma in air using a well type ionization chamber with traceability to a primary laboratory. Iridium-192 sources were obtained with an average homogeneity 96 %, apparent activity 282.129 0.531 M Bq and kerma in air 0.03200 0.00006 m Gy m/h A. (Author)

  5. Photon and neutron kerma coefficients for polymer gel dosimeters

    Neutron and gamma ray kerma coefficients were calculated for 17 3D dosimeters, for the neutron and gamma ray energy ranges extend from 2.53×10−8 to 29 MeV and from 1.0×10−3 to 20 MeV, respectively. The calculated kermas given here for discrete energies and the kerma coefficients are referred to as “point-wise data”. Curves of gamma ray kermas showed slight dips at about 60 keV for most 3D dosimeters. Also, a noticeable departure between thermal and epithermal neutrons kerma sets for water and polymers has been observed. Finally, the obtained results could be useful for dose estimation in the studied 3D dosimeters. - Highlights: • Neutron and gamma ray kerma coefficients were calculated in 17 3D dosimeters. • Curves of gamma-ray kermas showed slight dips at about 60 keV. • Disagreement between neutron kermas for water and polymers has been observed. • The obtained results could be useful for dose estimation in the studied dosimeters

  6. Photon and neutron kerma coefficients for polymer gel dosimeters

    El-Khayatt, A.M., E-mail: Ahmed_el_khayatt@yahoo.com [Physics Department, College of Science, Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU) (Saudi Arabia); Reactor Physics Department, Nuclear Research Centre, Atomic Energy Authority, 13759 Cairo (Egypt); Vega-Carrillo, Hector Rene [Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, C. Cipres 10, Fracc. La Peñuela, 98068 Zacatecas, Zac. (Mexico)

    2015-08-21

    Neutron and gamma ray kerma coefficients were calculated for 17 3D dosimeters, for the neutron and gamma ray energy ranges extend from 2.53×10{sup −8} to 29 MeV and from 1.0×10{sup −3} to 20 MeV, respectively. The calculated kermas given here for discrete energies and the kerma coefficients are referred to as “point-wise data”. Curves of gamma ray kermas showed slight dips at about 60 keV for most 3D dosimeters. Also, a noticeable departure between thermal and epithermal neutrons kerma sets for water and polymers has been observed. Finally, the obtained results could be useful for dose estimation in the studied 3D dosimeters. - Highlights: • Neutron and gamma ray kerma coefficients were calculated in 17 3D dosimeters. • Curves of gamma-ray kermas showed slight dips at about 60 keV. • Disagreement between neutron kermas for water and polymers has been observed. • The obtained results could be useful for dose estimation in the studied dosimeters.

  7. Index

    Editörden .

    2014-01-01

    ed and indexed in Copernicus, Index Google Scholarship, the PSCR, DOAJ, Research Bible, Indian Open Access Journals (OAJ), Institutional Repositories (IR), Journal TOCs, J-Gate (Informatics India), Ulrich’s, ResearchGate, International Society of Universal Research in Sciences, DRJI, EyeSource

  8. Index

    Editörden .

    2013-01-01

    ed and indexed in Copernicus, Index Google Scholarship, the PSCR, DOAJ, Research Bible, Indian Open Access Journals (OAJ), Institutional Repositories (IR), Journal TOCs, J-Gate (Informatics India), Ulrich’s, ResearchGate, International Society of Universal Research in Sciences, DRJI, EyeSource

  9. Kerma factors in interaction of neutrons with boron carbide

    Heat generation in neutron interactions with boron carbide B10; B11 and 12C is calculated. Kerma-factors (kerma-kinetic energy released in materials) were calculated for neutron energies between 10-4 eV and 15 MeV. No major simplifying assumptions are introduced, and the accuracy of the calculated kerma-factors depends only on availability and accuracy of the basic nuclear data. The ENDF/B-4 data and recent experimental information are used for the calculation of kerma-factors. Plots of these kerma-factors are presented in units of eVxb/atom and wtxsec/(cmxn) as a function of neutron energy

  10. Extremely high-accuracy correction of air refractive index using two-colour optical frequency combs.

    Wu, Guanhao; Takahashi, Mayumi; Arai, Kaoru; Inaba, Hajime; Minoshima, Kaoru

    2013-01-01

    Optical frequency combs have become an essential tool for distance metrology, showing great advantages compared with traditional laser interferometry. However, there is not yet an appropriate method for air refractive index correction to ensure the high performance of such techniques when they are applied in air. In this study, we developed a novel heterodyne interferometry technique based on two-colour frequency combs for air refractive index correction. In continuous 500-second tests, a stability of 1.0 10(-11) was achieved in the measurement of the difference in the optical distance between two wavelengths. Furthermore, the measurement results and the calculations are in nearly perfect agreement, with a standard deviation of 3.8 10(-11) throughout the 10-hour period. The final two-colour correction of the refractive index of air over a path length of 61 m was demonstrated to exhibit an uncertainty better than 1.4 10(-8), which is the best result ever reported without precise knowledge of environmental parameters. PMID:23719387

  11. Impact of fine particulate fluctuation and other variables on Beijing's air quality index.

    Chen, Bo; Lu, Shaowei; Li, Shaoning; Wang, Bing

    2015-04-01

    We analyzed fluctuation in Beijing's air quality over 328 days, based on air quality grades and air quality data from 35 atmospheric monitoring stations. Our results show the air over Beijing is subject to pollution 152 days of the year, or 46.34%. Among all pollutants, fine particulates, solid or liquid, 2.5 μm or less in size (PM2.5), appeared most frequently as the primary pollutant: 249 days, or 76% of the sample year (328 days). Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and coarse particulates (PM10) cause the least pollution, appearing only 7 and 3 days, or 2 and 1% of the sample year, respectively. In Beijing, fine particulates like PM2.5 vary seasonally: 154.54 ± 18.60 in winter > 145.22 ± 18.61 in spring > 140.16 ± 20.76 in autumn > 122.37 ± 13.42 in summer. Air quality is best in August and worst in December, while various districts in Beijing experience different air quality. To be specific, from south to north and from west to east, air quality tends to improve. Meteorological elements have a constraining effect on air pollutants, which means there is a linear correlation between the air quality index and humidity, rainfall, wind speed, and temperature. Under a typical pollution scenario, the higher the air quality index (AQI) value, the lower the wind speed and the greater the relative humidity; the lower the AQI value, the higher the wind speed and lower the relative humidity. Analysis of influencing factors reveals that the air pollution is mainly particulate matter produced by burning coal, vehicle emissions, volatile oils and gas, fast development of food services, emissions from the surrounding region, and natural dust clouds formed in arid areas to the northwest. Topography affects the distribution of meteorological conditions, in turn varying air quality over the region from one location to another. Human activities also exercise impact on urban air quality with dual functions. PMID:25563832

  12. The Air Connectivity Index : Measuring Integration in the Global Air Transport Network

    Arvis, Jean-François; Shepherd, Ben

    2011-01-01

    The authors construct a new measure of connectivity in the global air transport network, covering 211 countries and territories for the year 2007. It is grounded in network analysis methods, and is based on a gravity-like model that is familiar from the international trade and regional science literatures. It is a global measure of connectivity, in the sense that it captures the full range...

  13. An international calibration of Kerma - Area Product meters for patient dose optimisation study

    The results of international calibration of Kerma Area Product (KAP) meters for European SENTINEL survey on patient dose optimisation of cardiac and interventional radiology practice are presented. Twelve countries were involved in the study. An investigation was conduced on 25 KAP meters fitted to under-couch X-ray tubes; 13 KAP meters were installed on cardiac units and the remaining 12 on interventional ones. The simplified calibration method has been applied, consisting of KAP estimation by multiplying the air kerma at the centre of the X-ray field by the irradiated area. The obtained values of calibration factors range from 0.4 to 0.9 and from 0.4 to 0.8 for KAP meters installed on cardiac and interventional units, respectively. They account also for table and mattress attenuation. For air kerma assessment, measurements with thermoluminescent dosemeters have been applied and when possible compared against an additional reference dosemeter. As the result of the investigation, the importance of calibration of KAP meters in clinical conditions that include mattress and table attenuation has been recognised. (authors)

  14. Compressed Air Energy Storage System Control and Performance Assessment Using Energy Harvested Index

    Hanif SedighNejad; Tariq Iqbal; John Quaicoe

    2014-01-01

    In this paper a new concept for control and performance assessment of compressed air energy storage (CAES) systems in a hybrid energy system is introduced. The proposed criterion, based on the concept of energy harvest index (HEI), measures the capability of a storage system to capture renewable energy. The overall efficiency of the CAES system and optimum control and design from the technical and economic point of view is presented. A possible application of this idea is an isolated communit...

  15. Frequency measurement of refraction index of air for high-resolution laser interferometry

    Číp, Ondřej; Petrů, František; Matoušek, V.; Lazar, Josef

    Bellingham : SPIE, 2004, s. 273-277. ISBN 0-8194-5380-3. ISSN 0277-786X. [Optical Micro- and Nanometrology in Manufacturing Technology. Strasbourg (FR), 29.04.2004-30.04.2004] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR(CZ) IAB2065001 Keywords : index of refraction of air * high-resolution laser interferometry * Edlen formula Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Laser s

  16. Suppression of Air Refractive Index Variations in High-Resolution Interferometry

    Zden?k Buchta; Jan Hrabina; Martin ?ek; Ond?ej ?p; Josef Lazar

    2011-01-01

    The influence of the refractive index of air has proven to be a major problem on the road to improvement of the uncertainty in interferometric displacement measurements. We propose an approach with two counter-measuring interferometers acting as a combination of tracking refractometer and a displacement interferometer referencing the wavelength of the laser source to a mechanical standard made of a material with ultra-low thermal expansion. This technique combines length measurement within a ...

  17. Analysis and evolution of air quality monitoring networks using combined statistical information indexes

    Axel Osses

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we present combined statistical indexes for evaluating air quality monitoring networks based on concepts derived from the information theory and Kullback–Liebler divergence. More precisely, we introduce: (1 the standard measure of complementary mutual information or ‘specificity’ index; (2 a new measure of information gain or ‘representativity’ index; (3 the information gaps associated with the evolution of a network and (4 the normalised information distance used in clustering analysis. All these information concepts are illustrated by applying them to 14 yr of data collected by the air quality monitoring network in Santiago de Chile (33.5 S, 70.5 W, 500 m a.s.l.. We find that downtown stations, located in a relatively flat area of the Santiago basin, generally show high ‘representativity’ and low ‘specificity’, whereas the contrary is found for a station located in a canyon to the east of the basin, consistently with known emission and circulation patterns of Santiago. We also show interesting applications of information gain to the analysis of the evolution of a network, where the choice of background information is also discussed, and of mutual information distance to the classifications of stations. Our analyses show that information as those presented here should of course be used in a complementary way when addressing the analysis of an air quality network for planning and evaluation purposes.

  18. Trends of air pollution in Denmark - Normalised by a simple weather index model

    This report is a part of the Traffic Pool projects on 'Traffic and Environments', 1995-99, financed by the Danish Ministry of Transport. The Traffic Pool projects included five different projects on 'Surveillance of the Air Quality', 'Atmospheric Modelling', 'Atmospheric Chemistry Modelling', 'Smog and ozone' and 'Greenhouse effects and Climate', [Rasmussen, 2000]. This work is a part of the project on 'Surveillance of the Air Quality' with the main objectives to make trend analysis of levels of air pollution from traffic in Denmark. Other participants were from the Road Directory mainly focusing on measurement of traffic and trend analysis of the air quality utilising a nordic model for the air pollution in street canyons called BLB (Beregningsmodel for Luftkvalitet i Byluftgader) [Vejdirektoratet 2000], National Environmental Research Institute (HERI) mainly focusing on. measurements of air pollution and trend analysis with the Operational Street Pollution Model (OSPM) [DMU 2000], and the Copenhagen Environmental Protection Agency mainly focusing on measurements. In this study a more simple statistical model has been developed for trend analysis of the air quality. The model is filtering out the influence of the variations from year to year in the meteorological conditions on the air pollution levels. The weather factors found most important are wind speed, wind direction and mixing height. Measurements of CO, NO and NO2 from three streets in Copenhagen have been used, these streets are Jagtvej, Bredgade and H. C. Andersen's Boulevard (HCAB). The years 1994-1996 were used for evaluation of the method and annual indexes of air pollution index dependent only on meteorological parameters, called WEATHIX, were calculated for the years 1990-1997 and used for normalisation of the observed air pollution trends. Meteorological data were taken from either the background stations at the H.C. Oersted - building situated close to one of the street stations or the synoptic station at Kastrup Airport just outside Copenhagen. The mixing height was calculated using a bulk Richardson method on vertical profiles provided by the Numerical Weather Prediction model DMI-HIRLAM (Danish Meteorological Institute - High Resolution Limited Area Model). The model in general gives a good explanation of variations from year to year in the air quality. (au)

  19. Tolerance Levels of Roadside Trees to Air Pollutants Based on Relative Growth Rate and Air Pollution Tolerance Index

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    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Motor vehicles release carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, and particulate matters to the air as pollutants. Vegetation can absorb these pollutants through gas exchange processes. The objective of this study was to examine the combination of the relative growth rate (RGR and physiological responses in determining tolerance levels of plant species to air pollutants. Physiological responses were calculated as air pollution tolerance index (APTI. Eight roadside tree species were placed at polluted (Jagorawi highway and unpolluted (Sindangbarang field area. Growth and physiological parameters of the trees were recorded, including plant height, leaf area, total ascorbate, total chlorophyll, leaf-extract pH, and relative water content. Scoring criteria for the combination of RGR and APTI method was given based on means of the two areas based on two-sample t test. Based on the total score of RGR and APTI, Lagerstroemia speciosa was categorized as a tolerant species; and Pterocarpus indicus, Delonix regia, Swietenia macrophylla were categorized as moderately tolerant species. Gmelina arborea, Cinnamomum burmanii, and Mimusops elengi were categorized as intermediate tolerant species. Lagerstroemia speciosa could be potentially used as roadside tree. The combination of RGR and APTI value was better to determinate tolerance level of plant to air pollutant than merely APTI method.

  20. Using Social Media to Detect Outdoor Air Pollution and Monitor Air Quality Index (AQI): A Geo-Targeted Spatiotemporal Analysis Framework with Sina Weibo (Chinese Twitter)

    Jiang, Wei; Wang, Yandong; Tsou, Ming-Hsiang; Fu, Xiaokang

    2015-01-01

    Outdoor air pollution is a serious problem in many developing countries today. This study focuses on monitoring the dynamic changes of air quality effectively in large cities by analyzing the spatiotemporal trends in geo-targeted social media messages with comprehensive big data filtering procedures. We introduce a new social media analytic framework to (1) investigate the relationship between air pollution topics posted in Sina Weibo (Chinese Twitter) and the daily Air Quality Index (AQI) pu...

  1. Air quality trends and potential health effects - Development of an aggregate risk index

    Sicard, Pierre; Lesne, Olivia; Alexandre, Nicolas; Mangin, Antoine; Collomp, Rémy

    2011-02-01

    The "Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur" (PACA) region, in the South East of France, is one of Europe's regions most influenced by the atmospheric pollution. During the last 15 years, the industrial emissions decrease caused an evolution of the atmospheric pollution nature. Nowadays, atmospheric pollution is more and more influenced by the road traffic, the dominating pollution source in urban zones for the PACA region. Combined with this intense road traffic, the strong hot season of the Mediterranean climate contributes to the region bad air quality; it is known to be one of the worse in Europe. The recognized air pollution effects over public health include increased risk of hospital admissions and mortality by respiratory or cardiovascular diseases. The combination of these serious pollution related health hazards with senior and children vulnerabilities leads to serious sanitary concerns. Over the 1990-2005 period, we obtained, using the non-parametric Mann-Kendall test from annual mortality dataset (CépiDC), decreasing trends for Asthma (-5.00% year -1), Cardiovascular (-0.73% year -1), Ischemic (-0.69% year -1) and cerebrovascular diseases (-3.10% year -1). However, for "Other heart diseases" (+0.10% year -1) and "Respiratory" (+0.10% year -1) an increase was observed. The development of an adequate tool to understand impacts of pollution levels is of utmost importance. Different pollutants have different health endpoints, information may be lost through the use of a single index consequently, in this study we present the modified formula of air quality index, based on Cairncross's concept the Aggregate Risk Index (ARI). ARI is based on the relative risk of the well-established increased daily mortality, or morbidity, enabling an assessment of additive effects of short-term exposure to the main air pollutants: PM 2.5, PM 10, SO 2, O 3 and NO 2 in order to account for the reality of the multiple exposures impacts of chemical agents. The ARI, developed per pathology, takes into account the possible adverse effects associated with the coexistence of all pollutants. This index will enable to communicate the health risks associated, from modelled or monitored pollutant concentrations, to the general population. The second step will consist in the construction of a prediction model of this sanitary index.

  2. Air index compensated interferometer as a prospective novel primary standard for baseline calibrations

    Meiners-Hagen, Karl; Bonjakovic, Alen; Kchert, Paul; Pollinger, Florian

    2015-08-01

    We describe the status of the development of an interferometer for absolute distance measurements with an intrinsic compensation of the refractive index of air, intended as a primary standard for the calibration of geodetic baselines. Two frequency-doubled Nd:YAG lasers are offset locked with a frequency difference of ?20 GHz at the infrared 1064 nm fundamental wavelength. The resulting synthetic wavelengths of 15 mm for the infrared and 7.5 mm for the frequency-doubled green light are used as the scale for the measurements. Longer synthetic wavelengths are generated by acousto-optic frequency shifters. Based on the dispersion in air between green and infrared light the refractive index can be compensated. The attempt is demanding since uncertainties of the interferometric measurements for the optical wavelengths are scaled by a factor of nearly 300?000 in the refractive index compensated result. First comparisons up to 50 m length between this interferometer and a HeNe reference are presented. The deviations are smaller than 200 m and dominated by a non-linearity from problems in the collimation of the measurement beams. In the linear parts the deviations are below 100 m.

  3. Measurement of air refractive index fluctuation based on interferometry with two different reference cavity lengths.

    Chen, Qianghua; Luo, Huifu; Wang, Sumei; Wang, Feng; Chen, Xinhua

    2012-09-01

    A measurement method based on interferometry with two different reference cavity lengths is presented and applied in air refractive index measurement in which the two cavity lengths and a laser wavelength are combined to generate two wavelength equivalents of cavity. Corresponding calculation equations are derived, and the optical path configuration is designed, which is inspired by the traditional synthetic wavelength method. Theoretical analyses indicate that the measurement uncertainty of the determined index of refraction is about 2.310(-8), which is mainly affected by the length precision of the long vacuum cavity and the ellipticity of polarization components of the dual-frequency laser, and the range of nonambiguity is 3.010(-5), which is decided by the length difference of the two cavities. Experiment results show that the accuracy of air refractive index measurement is better than 5.010(-8) when the laboratory conditions changes slowly. The merit of the presented method is that the classical refractometry can be also used without evacuation of the gas cavity during the experiment. Furthermore, the application of the traditional synthetic wavelength method may be extended by using the wavelength equivalents of cavity, any value of which can be easily acquired by changing cavity length rather than using actual wavelengths whose number is limited. PMID:22945157

  4. The air quality health index and emergency department visits for urticaria in Windsor, Canada.

    Kousha, Termeh; Valacchi, Giuseppe

    2015-01-01

    Ambient air pollution exposure has been associated with several health conditions, limited not only to respiratory and cardiovascular systems but also to cutaneous tissues. However, few epidemiological studies examined pollution exposure on skin problems. Basically, the common mechanism by which pollution may affect skin physiology is by induction of oxidative stress and inflammation. Urticaria is among the skin pathologies that have been associated with pollution. Based on the combined effects of three ambient air pollutants, ozone (O₃), nitrogen dioxide (NO₂), and fine particulate matter (PM) with a median aerodynamic diameter of less than 2.5 μm (PM(2.5)), on mortality, the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) in Canada was developed. The aim of this study was to examine the associations of short-term changes in AQHI with emergency department (ED) visits for urticaria in Windsor-area hospitals in Canada. Diagnosed ED visits were retrieved from the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS). A time-stratified case-crossover design was applied to 2905 ED visits (males = 1215; females = 1690) for urticaria from April 2004 through December 2010. Odds ratios (OR) and their corresponding 95% confidence intervals (95%CI) for ED visits associated with increase by one unit of risk index were calculated employing conditional logistic regression. Positive and significant results were observed between AQHI levels and OR for ED visits for urticaria in Windsor for lags 2 and 3 days. A distributed lag nonlinear model technique was applied to daily counts of ED visits for lags 0 to 10 and significant results were obtained from lag 2 to lag 5 and for lag 9. These findings demonstrated associations between ambient air pollution and urticarial confirming that air pollution affects skin conditions. PMID:25849769

  5. Application of frequency combs in the measurement of the refractive index of air

    We report a new method in the precision measurement of the refractive index of air using a highly unbalanced Michelson interferometer with a femtosecond optical frequency comb as the light source. Standard dry air is filled into a 30 m multipass cell, serving as the long arm of the interferometer, while a short arm acts as the reference path. Both time and frequency domain interferograms are recorded to measure the refractive index of air. The deviation of our experimental results with Edlen's formula is 1.4x10-9 at 800 nm. Our experiment has a standard error of 5.2x10-9 at fixed parameters (pressure and temperature). This is achieved by putting the multipass cell into a temperature-stabilized box, and also by locking the interferometer path length with a He-Ne laser. We achieved a temperature stabilization of 0.8 mK for 25 h. This corresponds to 0.4 μm multipass cell length change. The locking of the He-Ne interferometer enables us to achieve 7 nm path-length change outside the multipass cell. Combined with accurate measurement of temperature and pressure, we were able to achieve an accuracy of 7.7x10-9

  6. Compressed Air Energy Storage System Control and Performance Assessment Using Energy Harvested Index

    Hanif SedighNejad

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper a new concept for control and performance assessment of compressed air energy storage (CAES systems in a hybrid energy system is introduced. The proposed criterion, based on the concept of energy harvest index (HEI, measures the capability of a storage system to capture renewable energy. The overall efficiency of the CAES system and optimum control and design from the technical and economic point of view is presented. A possible application of this idea is an isolated community with significant wind energy resource. A case study reveals the usefulness of the proposed criterion in design, control and implementation of a small CAES system in a hybrid power system (HPM for an isolated community. Energy harvested index and its effectiveness in increasing the wind penetration rate in the total energy production is discussed.

  7. Procedures for establishing and maintaining consistent air-kerma strength standards for low-energy, photon-emitting brachytherapy sources: Recommendations of the Calibration Laboratory Accreditation Subcommittee of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine

    Low dose rate brachytherapy is being used extensively for the treatment of prostate cancer. As of September 2003, there are a total of thirteen 125I and seven 103Pd sources that have calibrations from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Accredited Dosimetry Calibration Laboratories (ADCLs) of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). The dosimetry standards for these sources are traceable to the NIST wide-angle free-air chamber. Procedures have been developed by the AAPM Calibration Laboratory Accreditation Subcommittee to standardize quality assurance and calibration, and to maintain the dosimetric traceability of these sources to ensure accurate clinical dosimetry. A description of these procedures is provided to the clinical users for traceability purposes as well as to provide guidance to the manufacturers of brachytherapy sources and ADCLs with regard to these procedures

  8. Estimation of the refractive index structure characteristic of air from coherent Doppler wind lidar data.

    Banakh, V A; Smalikho, I N; Rahm, S

    2014-08-01

    A technique is proposed for estimating the refractive index structure characteristic of air from data of a coherent Doppler wind lidar. The proposed technique is tested in atmospheric experiments. Time profiles of the structure characteristic in the atmospheric surface layer are obtained and compared with the time profiles of the dissipation rate of the kinetic energy of turbulence obtained from the same lidar data. It is shown in this way that coherent lidars can be used for investigating not only wind turbulence, but also temperature turbulence. PMID:25078167

  9. Air-trench splitters for ultra-compact ring resonators in low refractive index contrast waveguides.

    Rahmanian, Nazli; Kim, Seunghyun; Lin, Yongbin; Nordin, Gregory P

    2008-01-01

    We demonstrate air-trench splitters in low index contrast perfluorocyclobutyl (PFCB) waveguides. Splitters are fabricated by etching 800 nm wide high aspect ratio (18:1) trenches. The measured optical loss is 0.4 dB/splitter. The reflection/transmission splitting ratio is 0.859/0.141, which closely matches two-dimensional finite difference time domain (2DFDTD) simulation results. Air-trench splitters and bends are used to demonstrate an ultra-compact ring resonator (RR) with a size reduction of 1,700 compared to a RR based on traditional curved waveguides in the same material system. A comparison between the RR's measured and analytically calculated performance shows close agreement when splitter and bend losses are taken into account. PMID:18521178

  10. Application of 3-D Urbanization Index to Assess Impact of Urbanization on Air Temperature.

    Wu, Chih-Da; Lung, Shih-Chun Candice

    2016-01-01

    The lack of appropriate methodologies and indicators to quantify three-dimensional (3-D) building constructions poses challenges to authorities and urban planners when formulating polices to reduce health risks due to heat stress. This study evaluated the applicability of an innovative three-dimensional Urbanization Index (3DUI), based on remote sensing database, with a 5 m spatial resolution of 3-D man-made constructions to representing intra-urban variability of air temperature by assessing correlation of 3DUI with air temperature from a 3-D perspective. The results showed robust high correlation coefficients, ranging from 0.83 to 0.85, obtained within the 1,000 m circular buffer around weather stations regardless of season, year, or spatial location. Our findings demonstrated not only the strength of 3DUI in representing intra-urban air-temperature variability, but also its great potential for heat stress assessment within cities. In view of the maximum correlation between building volumes within the 1,000 m circular buffer and ambient air temperature, urban planning should consider setting ceilings for man-made construction volume in each 2 × 2 km(2) residential community for thermal environment regulation, especially in Asian metropolis with high population density in city centers. PMID:27079537

  11. Application of 3-D Urbanization Index to Assess Impact of Urbanization on Air Temperature

    Wu, Chih-Da; Lung, Shih-Chun Candice

    2016-04-01

    The lack of appropriate methodologies and indicators to quantify three-dimensional (3-D) building constructions poses challenges to authorities and urban planners when formulating polices to reduce health risks due to heat stress. This study evaluated the applicability of an innovative three-dimensional Urbanization Index (3DUI), based on remote sensing database, with a 5 m spatial resolution of 3-D man-made constructions to representing intra-urban variability of air temperature by assessing correlation of 3DUI with air temperature from a 3-D perspective. The results showed robust high correlation coefficients, ranging from 0.83 to 0.85, obtained within the 1,000 m circular buffer around weather stations regardless of season, year, or spatial location. Our findings demonstrated not only the strength of 3DUI in representing intra-urban air-temperature variability, but also its great potential for heat stress assessment within cities. In view of the maximum correlation between building volumes within the 1,000 m circular buffer and ambient air temperature, urban planning should consider setting ceilings for man-made construction volume in each 2 × 2 km2 residential community for thermal environment regulation, especially in Asian metropolis with high population density in city centers.

  12. Competency Index for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Programs in Missouri. A Crosswalk of Selected Instructional Materials against Missouri's Competency Profile.

    Missouri Univ., Columbia. Instructional Materials Lab.

    This index was developed to help air conditioning and refrigeration instructors in Missouri use existing instructional materials and keep track of student progress on the VAMS system. The list was compiled by a committee of instructors who selected appropriate references and identified areas that pertained to Missouri competencies. The index lists

  13. ZZ VITAMIN-J/KERMA, Gas Production Cross-Sections, Neutron and Gamma Kerma in FOURACES Format

    1 - Description of program or function: Format: ANISN; Number of groups: 175 neutron plus 38 photon energy groups; Nuclides: H-1, D-2, T-3, Li-6, Li-7, Be-9, B-10, B-11, C, O-16, Al-27, Si, Ti, V, Cr, Mn-55, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zr, Nb-93, Mo, Ba-134, Ba-135, Ba-136, Ba-137, Ba-138, W-182, W-183, W-184, W-186, Pb, Bi-209, He-3, He-4, N-14, Mg, P-31, S, Ca, Co-59, In, Sn, Ta-181, Re Origin: EFF-1, DLC-99 (HUGO) data library; Weighting spectrum: Maxwellian plus 1/E plus fission spectrum plus fusion peak. Library of gas production cross sections, neutron kerma factors and photon kerma factors in FOURACES format according to GEFF-1 specifications. Kerma factors have been calculated for temperatures 300 K and 800 K. 2 - Method of solution: For the gas production cross sections, the lump reactions 203 and 207 included in EFF-1 had been assumed as the basic of the computation. The neutronics kerma factors have been calculated with the module KERMA of THEMIS. The photonic kerma factors have been calculated with the module GROUPG of THEMIS, starting from the DLC-99 (HUGO) data library of gamma interactions

  14. Impacts of Air Pollution on Productivity Growth in the Air and Truck Transportation Industries in the US: an Application of the Data Envelopment Analysis Malmquist Environmental Productivity Index

    Jaesung Choi; Roberts, David C.

    2015-01-01

    Air pollution worsens work environment and increases the likelihood of health risks and even premature death for humans. Owing to the fundamental structure of growth through the combustion of fossil fuels, productivity growth in the transportation industry has affected the natural environment. In this study, the authors use the Malmquist environmental productivity index to consider the effects of air pollution on productivity growth in the air and truck transportation industries, which are th...

  15. CHANGE ON SPEED AIR CHARACTERISTICS THE POWER INDICATOR INDEXES OF PNEUMATIC ENGINE WITHOUT HEATING THE CHARGE DURING THE ADMITTANCE

    A. Voronkov

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The experimental data on change according to speed characteristics of power indicator indexes of the four cylinder pneumatic engine D/S = 76/66 with a slide-valve air distributor at unchangeable temperature of compressed input air is considered.

  16. Preparation and determination of kerma for Iridium 192 sources of low dose rate for brachytherapy; Preparacion y determinacion del kerma de fuentes de iridio-192 de baja tasa de dosis para braquiterapia

    Tendilla, J.I.; Tovar M, V.; Mitsoura, E.; Aguilar H, F.; Alanis M, J. [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, C.P. 52045-1, Salazar, Esrado de Mexico, D.F. (Mexico)

    2000-07-01

    The practice of Brachytherapy with Iridium-192 sources of low dose rate (0.4 - 0.8 Gy/h) is a technique used in the treatment of diverse illnesses. in this work the preparation, quality control and calibration are presented in terms of kerma in air of Iridium-192 using as target these recycled Iridium-Platinum wires. The targets were obtained as decayed sources of different radio therapeutical centers in the country and they were characterized by Scanning electron microscopy in order to determine their chemical composition. Subsequently it was developed an experimental design to establish the effect of neutron flux, geometrical array and irradiation time over the activity and percentage of the sources homogeneity. The homogeneity was determined by auto radiography and by Gamma spectroscopy. Once the optimal irradiation conditions were established, it is determined the apparent activity and kerma in air using a well type ionization chamber with traceability to a primary laboratory. Iridium-192 sources were obtained with an average homogeneity 96 %, apparent activity 282.129 {+-} 0.531 M Bq and kerma in air 0.03200 {+-} 0.00006 m Gy m/h A. (Author)

  17. The ambient air quality accounts for the Nova Scotia Genuine Progress Index

    The Nova Scotia Genuine Progress Index (GPI) is a measure of sustainable development which provides a complete and accurate picture of our well-being as a society. The GPI assigns explicit values to environmental quality, population health, livelihood security, equity, free time, and educational attainment. The Nova Scotia GPI includes 22 social, economic and environmental components, including ambient air quality. This report investigates Nova Scotia's ambient air concentrations and emissions of carbon monoxide (CO), total particulate matter (PM), sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and volatile organic compounds (VOC). The costs of damages caused by the these key air pollutants are also examined. Exposure to these pollutants results in negative impacts on human health, damage to materials, agricultural crops and changes in forest productivity. From 1979 to 1996, national ambient concentrations of each of these pollutants decreased significantly. However, the national average concentration of ground-level ozone increased by 34 per cent during the same time period. In Nova Scotia, concentrations of CO, PM and SO2 have declined dramatically since 1979, but the trends for NO2 and ground-level ozone do not show significant declines. On a per capita basis, SOx emissions from electric power generation in the province are more than 8 times the Canadian average. The province also had higher per capita emissions of CO, PM, SOx and VOCs than all reporting OECD countries. Electric power generation is the greatest source of fuel combustion emissions in the province, followed by industrial and transportation sources. This report also described some individual actions that can be taken to reduce air pollutant emissions. 174 refs., 37 tabs., 60 figs

  18. Radioactive Aerosols as an Index of Air Pollution in the City of Thessaloniki, Greece

    This study summarizes results of an investigation done in order to find out how the radioactive aerosols of 7Be could serve as indicators of air pollution conditions. Beryllium-7 is a cosmic-ray produced radionuclide with an important fraction of its production to take place in the upper troposphere. Once it is formed is rapidly associated with submicron aerosol particles and participates in the formation and growth of the accumulation mode aerosols, which is a major reservoir of pollutants in the atmosphere. In order to define any influence of AMAD of 7Be aerosols by air pollution conditions, the aerodynamic size distribution of 7Be aerosols was determined by collecting samples at different locations in the suburban area of the city of Thessaloniki, including rural areas, industrial areas, high elevations, marine environment and the airport area. The aerodynamic size distribution of 7Be aerosols in different locations was obtained by using Andersen 1-ACFM cascade impactors and the Activity Median Aerodynamic Diameter (AMAD) was determined. Some dependency of the AMADs on height has been observed, while in near marine environment the 7Be activity size distribution was dominant in the upper size range of aerosol particles. Low AMADs as low as 0.62 to 0.74 μm of 7Be aerosols have been observed at locations characterized with relative low pollution, while it is concluded that in the activity size distribution of ambient aerosols, 7Be changes to larger particle sizes in the presence of pollutants, since low AMADs of 7Be aerosols have been observed at low polluted locations. Preliminary data of simultaneous measurements of 214Pb and 212Pb with gaseous air pollutants CO, NO, NOX, SO2 and total suspended particulate matter (TSP) show that radon decay products near the ground could be a useful index of air pollution potential conditions and transport processes in the boundary layer.

  19. A proper method of kerma-length product measurement during QC procedures in panoramic radiography

    As a relevant dose descriptor in panoramic radiography, product of kerma and length PKL is used. The introduction of PKL was recommended by NRPB. Anyway, NRPB termed this quantity dose-width product (DWP), the name product of kerma and length comes from a new dosimetry formalism being developed by IAEA and ICRU. The product of kerma and length in panoramic radiography is an integral of kerma profile created at a front side of the secondary collimator along a line perpendicular to the collimator. The PKL should be measured at a place of maximum intensity of the beam with respect to vertical direction. The signal is integrated over the whole exposure cycle as well. Currently, no dose descriptor in panoramic radiography is measured in the Czech Republic during the QC measurements. Therefore the measurement of PKL should be included in QC procedures as well. A pilot study using three different methods of PKL measurement is being done in the Czech Republic since 2005. The measurements are performed by an X ray film attached to the front side of a secondary collimator, by a column of thermoluminescent detectors (TLDs) and pencil ionization chamber placed perpendicular to the secondary collimator. The results obtained through the mentioned methods agree within 10% generally. The film based method has a significant disadvantage. Air kerma in a profile maximum reaches values up to 30 mGy. Standard X ray films have no dosimetric properties for such a high dose, because the response lies in a region of plateau at a characteristic curve of the film. Therefore, a primary collimator has to be covered by a shielding material. It increases energy dependence of the detection system naturally. An advantage of the film based method is knowledge of a complete kerma distribution within an X ray field. This information is used for proper positioning of a CT pencil ionization chamber or a stack of TLDs within an X ray beam. In the study, monochromatic films Foma Medix XBU (18x24 cm) and a attenuating filter with thickness of 1 mm Cu were used. For film scanning, a laser scanner Lumisys LS50 was used, with scanning resolution 0,2 mm. Before each measurement, the scanner was calibrated by a PTW calibration film in a range of optical densities 0.08/3.4. The simplest and the fastest method is the pencil ionization chamber method. Pencil ionization chambers designed for CT dosimetry were used in the study, especially a type 10X5-3CT with an electrometer Radcal 9015 and a type CT 77336 with an electrometer PTW Nomex 7723. Dependent on a way of calibration of a relevant chamber and an electrometer, a quantity indicated by the electrometer is either integral of kerma profile along a chamber length (Nomex system), which is the required PKL, or just air kerma (Radcal system). In the latter case, indicated air kerma is multiplied by a chamber effective length. Calibration factor of the chambers was verified for beam qualities relevant to panoramic radiography, which are different from those in CT. For a beam quality 50 kV, total filtration 1 mm Al and effective energy Eef 22,7 keV, there was only a 5% difference in calibration factor according to CT energy range. For the TLD measurements, a column of 30 sintered pellets of LiF:Mg, Ti was used. Total length of the TLD column is 27 mm, which is a sufficient length to cover a useful part of the kerma profile. A manual TLD reader Harshaw 4500 was used for the readout of detectors. For routine measurements of several exposure settings at a given X ray unit, TLDs are not appropriate because of time consuming preparation and readout of the dosemeters. The TLD and X ray film systems were calibrated using a reference X ray machine Planmeca Intra in a national reference laboratory for X ray dosimetry. Beam quality for calibration was 70 kV, total filtration 2,2 mm Al, Eef 31 keV. It seems to be most user-friendly and appropriate to measure PKL by means of pencil ionization chamber, for which the calibration factor will be verified for beam qualities relevant to panoramic radiography. A radiogr aphic film should be used simultaneously for determining of a chamber position for the measurement. It is desirable to include a measurement of PKL in standard QC procedures for dental panoramic X ray units. A pilot dose survey performed by the National Radiation Protection Institute has already been started in October 2005. A national diagnostic reference level will be assessed after collection and evaluation of a sufficient amount of data and relevant recommendation for the PKL measurement will be given. Preliminary results of PKL for an adult male examination measured at five workplaces are shown

  20. Comparison of TLD air kerma measurements in mammography

    The mammography examination is usually targeted at asymptomatic women so the narrow balance between benefit and undesirable effects is important. During the past few decades there have been significant advances in the equipment used for mammography. Even when the latest equipment and imaging systems are used, there is considerable variation from centre-to-centre in the choice of imaging parameters and techniques. There may be quite large differences in image quality and breast dose among the centres. A Co-ordinated Research Programme on 'Image quality and patient dose optimization in mammography in Eastern European Countries' was conducted by the IAEA, aiming at defining a methodology for the implementation of a quality assurance (QA) programme in mammography and at exercising the assessment of image quality and patient doses in a sample of hospitals in East European countries. Selected mammography clinics from Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia participate in the project. The teams consisted of experienced clinicians and physicists. They were supported by a group of experts (clinicians and medical physicists) from France, Italy and Spain. As an outcome of the project, improvements in these indicators (image quality and patient dose) after the implementation of the QA programme are expected. A comparison of dosimetry systems has been organized to assure that dosimetry measurements done in the frame of the project are comparable and traceable to the international measurement system. All five East European countries plus Spain took part in the exercise. The thermoluminescent (TL) method was selected for the comparison

  1. Fundamental relationships between linear energy transfer, absorbed dose, kerma, and exposure. Application to changes of mediums

    After briefly defining the quantities used in dosimetry and presenting them with a view to their simple adaptation to health physics problems, the authors establish simple mathematical relationships to express the absorbed dose, kerma and exposure in the case of electrons and photons, and also relationships between these various quantities considered in air. They then proceed to study the variations in these quantities at the interface between the air and the soft tissues of the organism and in depth in the tissues. They give the numerical values of the discontinuities liable to appear at the interface and the values obtained, relative to air, after electronic equilibrium is established in depth in the tissues. An example of application to dosimetry is also given in the case of an aluminium-walled ionization chamber. To conclude, the conditions to be fulfilled in order to make a direct measurement of the absorbed dose in the tissues are presented and discussed. (authors)

  2. Estimation of Anticipated Performance Index and Air Pollution Tolerance Index and of vegetation around the marble industrial areas of Potwar region: bioindicators of plant pollution response.

    Noor, Mehwish Jamil; Sultana, Shazia; Fatima, Sonia; Ahmad, Mushtaq; Zafar, Muhammad; Sarfraz, Maliha; Balkhyour, Masour A; Safi, Sher Zaman; Ashraf, Muhammad Aqeel

    2015-06-01

    Mitigating industrial air pollution is a big challenge, in such scenario screening of plants as a bio monitor is extremely significant. It requires proper selection and screening of sensitive and tolerant plant species which are bio indicator and sink for air pollution. The present study was designed to evaluate the Air Pollution Tolerance Index (APTI) and Anticipated Performance Index (API) of the common flora. Fifteen common plant species from among trees, herb and shrubs i.e. Chenopodium album (Chenopodiaceae), Parthenium hysterophorus (Asteraceae), Amaranthus viridis (Amaranthaceae), Lantana camara (Verbenaceaea), Ziziphus nummulari (Rhamnaceae), Silibum merianum (Asteraceae), Cannabis sativa (Cannabinaceae), Calatropis procera (Asclepediaceae), Ricinus communis (Euphorbiaceae), Melia azadirachta (Meliaceae), Psidium guajava (Myrtaceae), Eucalyptus globules (Myrtaceae), Broussonetia papyrifera (Moraceae), Withania somnifera (Solanaceae) and Sapium sabiferum (Euphorbiaceae) were selected growing frequently in vicinity of Marble industries in Potwar region. APTI and API of selected plant species were analyzed by determining important biochemical parameter i.e. total chlorophyll, ascorbic acid, relative water content and pH etc. Furthermore the selected vegetation was studied for physiological, economic, morphological and biological characteristics. The soil of studied sites was analyzed. It was found that most the selected plant species are sensitive to air pollution. However B. papyrifera, E. globulus and R. communis shows the highest API and therefore recommended for plantation in marble dust pollution stress area. PMID:25503327

  3. Effect of Scintillometer Height on Structure Parameter of the Refractive Index of Air Measurements

    Gowda, P. H.; Howell, T. A.; Hartogensis, O.; Basu, S.; Scanlon, B. R.

    2009-12-01

    Scintillometers measure amount of scintillations by emitting a beam of light over a horizontal path and expresses as the atmospheric turbulence structure parameter as the refractive index of air (Cn2). Cn2 represents the turbulent strength of the atmosphere and describes the ability of the atmosphere to transport heat and humidity. The main objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of scintillometer height on Cn2 measurements and on the estimation of latent heat fluxes. The study was conducted during the 2009 summer growing season in the USDA-ARS Conservation and Production Research Laboratory (CPRL) at Bushland [350 11' N, 1020 06' W; 1,170 m elevation MSL], Texas. Field experiment consisted of two steps: (1) cross-calibration of scintillometers and (2) measurement of Cn2 at different heights. In the first step, three large aperture scintillometers (LAS) were deployed across two large lysimeter fields with bare soil surfaces. During the 3-week cross-calibration period, all three scintillometers were installed at a 2-m height with a path length of 420 m. Cn2 was monitored at a 1-min interval and averaged for 15-min periods. Cn2 measurements were synchronized with weather station and weighing lysimeter measurements. After the cross-calibration period, scintillometers were installed at 2-, 2.5- and 3-m heights, and Cn2 measurements were continued for another 3-week period. In addition to the Cn2 measurements, net radiation (Rn) and soil heat fluxes (G) were measured in both lysimeter fields. Cn2 values were corrected for inner scale dependence before cross calibration and estimation of sensible heat fluxes. Measurements of wind speed, air temperature, and relative humidity were used with Cn2 data to derive sensible heat fluxes. Latent heat fluxes were estimated as a residual from the energy balance and compared with lysimeter data. Results of cross calibration and effects of scintillometer height on the estimation of latent heat fluxes were reported and discussed.

  4. Exploring EKC, trends of growth patterns and air pollutants concentration level in Malaysia: A Nemerow Index Approach

    The present study examines an Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) hypothesis by analyzing annual data of air pollutants concentartion and per capita GDP as economic indicator over the (1996–2010) period in Malaysia. Nemerow Index Approach (I) used to generate a measures of air pollution. The results show that ambient air quality indicators supports the EKC hypothesis which stated that pollution levels increase as a country develops, but begin to decrease as rising incomes pass beyond a turning poin. Also, the I result is justifying that most pollutants are showing value less than 1.

  5. Exploring EKC, trends of growth patterns and air pollutants concentration level in Malaysia: A Nemerow Index Approach

    Bekhet, Hussain A.; >Tahira Yasmin,

    2013-06-01

    The present study examines an Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) hypothesis by analyzing annual data of air pollutants concentartion and per capita GDP as economic indicator over the (1996-2010) period in Malaysia. Nemerow Index Approach (I) used to generate a measures of air pollution. The results show that ambient air quality indicators supports the EKC hypothesis which stated that pollution levels increase as a country develops, but begin to decrease as rising incomes pass beyond a turning poin. Also, the I result is justifying that most pollutants are showing value less than 1.

  6. Daily index of air pollution level; Indice giornaliero della qualita` dell`aria IGQA

    Albergamo, C.; Cagnetti, P.; Mammarella, M. C.; Tondo, A. [ENEA, Centro Ricerche Casaccia, Rome (Italy). Dipt. Ambiente

    1997-05-01

    A daily evaluation of pollution level in urban area is the starting point to carry out any proper analysis of pollution data. In this paper an algorithm is stated in order to provide both a method to evaluate pollution level and a direct interpretation of resulting values according to the present law. Hour data, which is taken from surveying points, is previously transformed to daily data and then normalised to standard values. Afterwards, one value per pollutant is obtained as an index of the daily situation for the whole area. The operational choices in the algorithm are made with respect to the present law. The algorithm has been carried out by SAS language as a part of the project called A.T.M.O.S.F.E.R.A. (a decision-support-system developed by ENEA) to give a useful and intuitive instrument to spot critical situations for air pollution. The last part of the paper is an application to Rome data, from January 1992 to December 1996.

  7. A conformal index determination to evaluate the prostate interstitial implants quality with high dose rate (HDR)

    For interstitial application of high dose rate (HDR) afterloading brachytherapy, generally a single stepping iridium-192 source is used, making possible optimization of the dose distribution by optimization of the relative time (dwell time) that the source remains at a certain position (dwell position). We analyzed the effects of geometric-volume optimization by three normalize methods in 22 prostate volume implants. In all patients the reference dose is specified at 85% of the mean central dose (as is done in the Paris System for dose specification. We compared the uniformity index, the irradiated volume, the total reference air kerma and a conformal index K that we introduce. It is clear from the table presented that the best optimization method is to normalize by a reference point and geometrical-volume optimization. The results show that the conformal index K presented is a useful and practical index to improve the quality of treatment of interstitial brachytherapy implants. (author)

  8. Is the dose equivalent index a practicable concept for use in regulations

    Additional limits are needed for supplementing, in regulations, the primary ICRP limits for effective dose equivalent and organ dose equivalents. In this paper quantities to be used for regulatory limiting of external irradiation are discussed. Possible quantities include exposure, air kerma, soft tissue absorbed dose, particle and energy fluence, and activity. These are compared with the absorbed dose index, and the dose equivalent index. It is concluded that the index quantities may be practicable for regulatory limitation of the direct external irradiation of individuals. In contrast, other quantities may be preferable for limitation of radiation fields where there is a potential risk for the irradiation of persons, and in particular those close to a radiation source, e.g. a consumer product. The dose equivalent index, as presently defined, does not seem recommendable for general use. (author)

  9. Development of a calibration methodology and tests of kerma area product meters; Desenvolvimento de uma metodologia de calibracao e testes de medidores de produto Kerma-Area

    Costa, Nathalia Almeida

    2013-07-01

    The quantity kerma area product (PKA) is important to establish reference levels in diagnostic radiology exams. This quantity can be obtained using a PKA meter. The use of such meters is essential to evaluate the radiation dose in radiological procedures and is a good indicator to make sure that the dose limit to the patient's skin doesn't exceed. Sometimes, these meters come fixed to X radiation equipment, which makes its calibration difficult. In this work, it was developed a methodology for calibration of PKA meters. The instrument used for this purpose was the Patient Dose Calibrator (PDC). It was developed to be used as a reference to check the calibration of PKA and air kerma meters that are used for dosimetry in patients and to verify the consistency and behavior of systems of automatic exposure control. Because it is a new equipment, which, in Brazil, is not yet used as reference equipment for calibration, it was also performed the quality control of this equipment with characterization tests, the calibration and an evaluation of the energy dependence. After the tests, it was proved that the PDC can be used as a reference instrument and that the calibration must be performed in situ, so that the characteristics of each X-ray equipment, where the PKA meters are used, are considered. The calibration was then performed with portable PKA meters and in an interventional radiology equipment that has a PKA meter fixed. The results were good and it was proved the need for calibration of these meters and the importance of in situ calibration with a reference meter. (author)

  10. Development of a health-based air quality index for Canada : public opinion research 2004-05 : final report

    Canadians rely on an air quality indexes (AQIs) to inform them about air pollution conditions in their communities. However, there is no AQI common to all of Canada, and there is a lack of consistency in the way in which air quality is calculated and reported, as well as in the use of health-based messages. This paper reported findings of a public opinion research survey conducted to gauge Canadians' awareness, perceptions and behavioural responses to air quality, air pollution and AQIs. The aim of the study was to guide the development of health messages to more effectively communicate the AQI to Canadians with respect to the health risks associated with poor air quality. Telephone surveys were conducted immediately following a poor air quality episode to measure the public's awareness and response to these events, as well as residents' general awareness and use of AQIs. A separate research project was then conducted which consisted of in-depth qualitative interviews with 28 individuals recruited from the general population. A comprehensive national telephone survey was then conducted following the summer 2004 'smog season', which focused on the public's awareness of air pollution and AQIs. Results from the first 2 phases of the research were then presented at a workshop comprised of health and environmental communities specializing in air issues in Canada. Focus groups were then held to test public reaction to new AQI communications concepts derived from the research. Results indicated that Canadians widely identify air pollution as a significant environmental problem. However, the information from AQIs had a limited impact in terms of prompting actions to reduce personal exposure. A new type of national AQI for Canada was developed that conveyed information on air quality conditions and their significance. Key features include a 0 to 10 point unbounded scale showing current air quality conditions; a forecast of future conditions; standardized information covering health risks; targeted information for groups most at risk; and recommended activities

  11. SU-E-I-27: Estimating KERMA Area Product for CT Localizer Images

    Purpose: To estimate the free-in-air KERMA-Area Product (KAP) incident on patients due to CT localizer scans for common CT exams. Methods: In-plane beam intensity profiles were measured in localizer acquisition mode using OSLs for a 64 slice MDCT scanner (Lightspeed VCT, GE Medical Systems, Waukesha WI). The z-axis beam width was measured as a function of distance from isocenter. The beam profile and width were used to calculate a weighted average air KERMA per unit mAs as a function of intercepted x-axis beam width for objects symmetric about the localizer centerline.Patient areas were measured using manually drawn regions and divided by localizer length to determine average width. Data were collected for 50 head exams (lateral localizer only), 15 head/neck exams, 50 chest exams, and 50 abdomen/pelvis exams. Mean patient widths and acquisition techniques were used to calculate the weighted average free-in-air KERMA, which was multiplied by the patient area to estimate KAP. Results: Scan technique was 120 kV tube voltage, 10 mA current, and table speed of 10 cm/s. The mean ± standard deviation values of KAP were 120 ± 11.6, 469 ± 62.6, 518 ± 45, and 763 ± 93 mGycm2 for head, head/neck, chest, and abdomen/pelvis exams, respectively. For studies with AP and lateral localizers, the AP/lateral area ratio was 1.20, 1.33, and 1.24 for the head/neck, chest, and abdomen/pelvis exams, respectively. However, the AP/lateral KAP ratios were 1.12, 1.08, and 1.07, respectively. Conclusion: Calculation of KAP in CT localizers is complicated by the non-uniform intensity profile and z-axis beam width. KAP values are similar to those for simple radiographic exams such as a chest radiograph and represent a small fraction of the x-ray exposure at CT. However, as CT doses are reduced the localizer contribution will be a more significant fraction of the total exposure

  12. Solar radiation estimation using sunshine hour and air pollution index in China

    Highlights: • Aerosol can affect coefficients of A–P equation to estimate solar radiation. • Logarithmic model performed best, according to MBE, MABE, MPE, MAPE, RMSE and NSE. • Parameters of A–P model can be adjusted by API, geographical position and altitude. • A general equation to estimate solar radiation was established in China. - Abstract: Angström–Prescott (A–P) equation is the most widely used empirical relationship to estimate global solar radiation from sunshine hours. A new approach based on Air Pollution Index (API) data is introduced to adjust the coefficients of A–P equation in this study. Based on daily solar radiation, sunshine hours and API data at nine meteorological stations from 2001 to 2011 in China, linear, exponential and logarithmic models are developed and validated. When evaluated by performance indicators of mean bias error, mean absolute bias error, mean percentage error, mean absolute percentage error, root mean square error, and Nash–Sutcliffe Equation, it is demonstrated that logarithmic model performed better than the other models. Then empirical coefficients for three models are given for each station and the variations of these coefficients are affected by API, geographical position, and altitude. This indicates that aerosol can play an important role in estimation solar radiation from sunshine hours, especially in those highly polluted regions. Finally, a countrywide general equation is established based on the sunshine hour data, API and geographical parameters, which can be used to estimate the daily solar radiation in areas where the radiation data is not available

  13. Speed and kerma requirements of film-foil combinations

    The duties of the manufacturer are defined in section 16 X-Ray Ordinance. They refer to the speed of the combination (DIN 6867, part 1), the resolving power limit, gradation of the film, spectral sensitivity, and optical spectrum of the intensifying foil. The connection between speed and kerma is discussed in this article, and the question of whether the speed of the film-foil combination gives any information on the image quality to be expected. (DG)

  14. Absorbed dose evaluation by SISCODES code, kerma and fluence deviations

    Radiotherapy is a common treatment of cancer. Radiotherapy exposes the patient to a radiation field, producing ionization, and absorbed dose. A precise dose calculation and the ability to execute the irradiation on the patient are necessary in order to avoid serious injuries on the surrounding health tissue, thus, the maximum acceptable absorbed dose error from the prescribed and applied is about 5%. The doses on radiotherapy are usually calculated by superimposition experimental dose profile, namely PDP, which is experimentally measured in a water simulator. Moreover, the radiation interaction with human body tissues depends on the chemical composition and the tissue density, which means the anthropomorphism and anthropometric of the human being. This paper evaluates the deviation of calculated value of kerma, induced by human body heterogeneities. To do this job two thorax voxel models created on SISCODES (one filled with various tissues other filled with water) were applied. The result of simulations permits two different comparisons. One is the ratio between tissues kermas and water kerma. Another is the ratio between human phantom fluence, where exists radiation scatter and reflection, and water phantom fluence. The reconstructed pictures of studied regions showing the calculated ratios, and graphs of the ratios versus energy of each tissue are shown. The dose ratio deviations obtained are, in some situations, larger than the acceptable 5% point out serious miscalculation of doses for some spatial regions on the human body. (author)

  15. Review of Kerma-Area Product and total energy incident on patients in radiography, mammography and CT.

    Yao, Hai; Huda, Walter; Mah, Eugene; He, Wenjun

    2015-02-01

    This study estimated the energy incident on patients in radiography, mammography and CT using data related to X-ray beam quantity and quality. The total X-ray beam quantity is the average Air Kerma multiplied by the X-ray beam area and expressed as the Kerma-Area Product (Gy cm(-2)). The X-ray beam quality primarily depends on the target material (and anode angle), X-ray voltage (and ripple) as well as X-ray beam filtration. For any X-ray spectra, dividing total energy (fluence mean energy) by the X-ray beam Kerma-Area Product yields the energy per Kerma-Area Product value (?/KAP). Published data on X-ray spectra characteristics and energy fluence per Air Kerma conversion factors were used to determine ?/KAP factors. In radiography, ?/KAP increased from 6 mJ Gy(-1) cm(-2) at the lowest X-ray tube voltage (50 kV) to 25 mJ Gy(-1) cm(-2) at the highest X-ray tube voltage (140 kV). ?/KAP values ranged between 1 and 5 mJ Gy(-1) cm(-2) in mammography and between 24 and 42 mJ Gy(-1) cm(-2) in CT. Changes in waveform ripple resulted in variations in ?/KAP of up to 15 %, similar to the effect of changes resulting in the choice of anode angle. For monoenergetic X-ray photons, there was a sigmoidal-type increase in ?/KAP from 2 mJ Gy(-1) cm(-2) at 20 keV to 42 mJ Gy(-1) cm(-2) at 80 keV. However, between 80 and 150 keV, the ?/KAP shows variations with changing photon energy of <10 %. Taking the average spectrum energy to consist of monoenergetic X rays generally overestimates the true value of ?/KAP. This study illustrated that the energy incident on a patient in any area of radiological imaging can be estimated from the total X-ray beam intensity (KAP) when X-ray beam quality is taken into account. Energy incident on the patient can be used to estimate the energy absorbed by the patient and the corresponding patient effective dose. PMID:24821931

  16. Review of kerma-area product and total energy incident on patients in radiography, mammography and CT

    This study estimated the energy incident on patients in radiography, mammography and CT using data related to X-ray beam quantity and quality. The total X-ray beam quantity is the average Air Kerma multiplied by the X-ray beam area and expressed as the Kerma-Area Product (Gy cm-2). The X-ray beam quality primarily depends on the target material (and anode angle), X-ray voltage (and ripple) as well as X-ray beam filtration. For any X-ray spectra, dividing total energy (fluence x mean energy) by the X-ray beam Kerma-Area Product yields the energy per Kerma-Area Product value (ε/KAP). Published data on X-ray spectra characteristics and energy fluence per Air Kerma conversion factors were used to determine 1/KAP factors. In radiography, ε/KAP increased from 6 mJ Gy-1 cm-2 at the lowest X-ray tube voltage (50 kV) to 25 mJ Gy-1 cm-2 at the highest X-ray tube voltage (140 kV). 1/KAP values ranged between 1 and 5 mJ Gy-1 cm-2 in mammography and between 24 and 42 mJ Gy-1 cm-2 in CT. Changes in waveform ripple resulted in variations in ε/KAP of up to 15 %, similar to the effect of changes resulting in the choice of anode angle. For monoenergetic X-ray photons, there was a sigmoidal-type increase in ε/KAP from 2 mJ Gy-1 cm-2 at 20 keV to 42 mJ Gy-1 cm-2 at 80 keV. However, between 80 and 150 keV, the ε/KAP shows variations with changing photon energy of <10 %. Taking the average spectrum energy to consist of monoenergetic X rays generally overestimates the true value of ε/KAP. This study illustrated that the energy incident on a patient in any area of radiological imaging can be estimated from the total X-ray beam intensity (KAP) when X-ray beam quality is taken into account. Energy incident on the patient can be used to estimate the energy absorbed by the patient and the corresponding patient effective dose. (authors)

  17. 40 CFR Appendix G to Part 58 - Uniform Air Quality Index (AQI) and Daily Reporting

    2010-07-01

    ... exceptions to these reporting requirements? Calculation 9. How Does the AQI Relate to Air Pollution Levels...? Generally, your AQI report applies to your MSA only. However, if a significant air quality problem exists... Air Pollution Levels? For each pollutant, the AQI transforms ambient concentrations to a scale from...

  18. An evaluation model for air quality in underground uranium mines based on integrated scale index on weights of generalized contrast

    The shortcomings of traditional methods for evaluating air quality in underground uranium mines are analysis. Based on the analysis results and the principle that the concentration of the contaminants in a mine varies in a constant ratio and the degree of their hazard varies in an arithmetic progression, the evaluating indicators were determined for the air quality in a uranium mine, and an evaluation model was proposed for the evaluation of the air quality in a uranium mine based on integrated scale index on weights of generalized contrast. the model overcomes the shortcoming of traditional methods that the radiation hazard is considered mainly in all these methods. the model was used to evaluate the air quality of four places in an underground uranium mine, the grade of the air quality and the correspondingmeasures for controlling the air quality in the four places are determined. The evaluation results show that the model is applicable to the design of a ventilation system for an underground uranium mine and the evaluation of the air quality in the system. (authors)

  19. [Analysis on Regional Characteristics of Air Quality Index and Weather Situation in Beijing and Its Surrounding Cities During the APEC].

    Gao, Qing-xian; Lu, Jun-rong; Wang, Ning; Li, Wen-tao; Gao, Wen-kang; Su, Bu-da

    2015-11-01

    Analysis on the revolution and regional characteristics of air quality by hourly monitored readings from 1 to 15 November 2014 released by Environmental Monitoring Station of China and research of the impacts of weather situation and meteorological elements released by China Meteorological Administration towards air quality of Beijing and its surrounding cities during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) indicated that: (1) The air quality was good because of the implementation of mitigation measures, while the Air Quality Index (AQI) increased along with the termination of mitigation measures. Thus it can be seen that mitigation measures made a great contribution to the improvement of air quality of Beijing and its surrounding cities. (2) Affected by thermal inversion layer, AQI of Beijing and its surrounding cities increased quickly during the initial of the implemental of reducing measures which proved that pollutants would accumulate in the context of unfavourable weather, hence the influence of weather situation towards air quality could not be ignored. (3) Although affected by thermal inversion layer, the concentration of pollutants of Beijing was not accumulated to a high degree at the end period of reducing measures, while Tianjin, Tangshan, Baoding and Xingtai suffered from moderate and severe pollution at the same time which further illustrated that the implementation of mitigation measures have made a great contribution to the improvement of air quality in Beijing during APEC. PMID:26910978

  20. Automatic unit for measuring refractive index of air based on Ciddor equation and its verification using direct interferometric measurement method

    Hucl, Václav; Čížek, Martin; Hrabina, Jan; Mikel, Břetislav; Řeřucha, Šimon; Buchta, Zdeněk; Jedlička, Petr; Lešundák, Adam; Oulehla, Jindřich; Mrňa, Libor; Šarbort, Martin; Šmíd, Radek; Lazar, Josef; Číp, Ondřej

    Bellingham : SPIE, 2013, 878837:1-9. ISBN 978-0-8194-9604-1. [Optical Measurement Systems for Industrial Inspection /8./. Munich (DE), 13.05.2013-16.05.2013] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP102/10/1813; GA ČR GPP102/11/P819 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : refractive index of air * precise measurement * laser interferometer Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  1. Position sensing with suppression of the drift of the refractive index of air for high resolution interferometry

    Holá, Miroslava; Buchta, Zdeněk; Číp, Ondřej; Lazar, Josef

    Piscataway : IEEE, 2014. ISBN 978-1-4673-5225-3. [URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium (URSI GASS) 2014 /31./. Beijing (CN), 16.08.2014-23.08.2014] R&D Projects: GA TA ČR TA02010711; GA TA ČR TE01020233; GA MŠk(CZ) LO1212; GA MŠk ED0017/01/01 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : refractive index of air * interferometry * Edlen formula Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  2. A Visualization Approach to Air Pollution Data Exploration—A Case Study of Air Quality Index (PM2.5 in Beijing, China

    Huan Li

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, frequent occurrences of significant air pollution events in China have routinely caused panic and are a major topic of discussion by the public and air pollution experts in government and academia. Therefore, this study proposed an efficient visualization method to represent directly, quickly, and clearly the spatio-temporal information contained in air pollution data. Data quality check and cleansing during a preliminary visual analysis is presented in tabular form, heat matrix, or line chart, upon which hypotheses can be deduced. Further visualizations were designed to verify the hypotheses and obtain useful findings. This method was tested and validated in a year-long case study of the air quality index (AQI of PM2.5 in Beijing, China. We found that PM2.5, PM10, and NO2 may be emitted by the same sources, and strong winds may accelerate the spread of pollutants. The average concentration of PM2.5 in Beijing was greater than the AQI value of 50 over the six-year study period. Furthermore, arable lands exhibited considerably higher concentrations of air pollutants than vegetation-covered areas. The findings of this study showed that our visualization method is intuitive and reliable through data quality checking and information sharing with multi-perspective air pollution graphs. This method allows the data to be easily understood by the public and inspire or aid further studies in other fields.

  3. High-accuracy correction of air refractive index by using two-color heterodyne interferometry of optical frequency combs

    High-accuracy two-color heterodyne interferometry based on fundamental and second harmonic of frequency combs for air refractive index correction is developed. A monitor interferometer as well as a probe interferometer is constructed to compensate the phase noises and drifts, which are caused by introducing the acousto-optic modulators for heterodyne interferometer, to realize high-accuracy measurement of optical distance. A relative stability of 10−10 to the total length for 500 s is achieved in the measurement of an optical path length difference between two wavelengths. In long-term measurements, the interferometric measurement results and the calculations from empirical equation of air refractive indices are in good agreement with a standard deviation of 4.1 × 10−10 throughout the 10 h period. By applying the two-color method, high-accuracy correction of air refractive index with an uncertainty of 8.9 × 10−8 is achieved during 10 h continuous measurements while the total refractive index changes with a range of 2.0 × 10−6. (paper)

  4. A Satellite-Based Multi-Pollutant Index of Global Air Quality

    Cooper, Mathew J.; Martin, Randall V.; vanDonkelaar, Aaron; Lamsal, Lok; Brauer, Michael; Brook, Jeffrey R.

    2012-01-01

    Air pollution is a major health hazard that is responsible formillions of annual excess deaths worldwide. Simpleindicators are useful for comparative studies and to asses strends over time. The development of global indicators hasbeen impeded by the lack of ground-based observations in vast regions of the world. Recognition is growing of the need for amultipollutant approach to air quality to better represent human exposure. Here we introduce the prospect of amultipollutant air quality indicator based on observations from satellite remote sensing.

  5. Microstructured Air Cavities as High-Index Contrast Substrates with Strong Diffraction for Light-Emitting Diodes.

    Moon, Yoon-Jong; Moon, Daeyoung; Jang, Jeonghwan; Na, Jin-Young; Song, Jung-Hwan; Seo, Min-Kyo; Kim, Sunghee; Bae, Dukkyu; Park, Eun Hyun; Park, Yongjo; Kim, Sun-Kyung; Yoon, Euijoon

    2016-05-11

    Two-dimensional high-index-contrast dielectric gratings exhibit unconventional transmission and reflection due to their morphologies. For light-emitting devices, these characteristics help guided modes defeat total internal reflections, thereby enhancing the outcoupling efficiency into an ambient medium. However, the outcoupling ability is typically impeded by the limited index contrast given by pattern media. Here, we report strong-diffraction, high-index-contrast cavity engineered substrates (CESs) in which hexagonally arranged hemispherical air cavities are covered with a 80 nm thick crystallized alumina shell. Wavelength-resolved diffraction measurements and Fourier analysis on GaN-grown CESs reveal that the high-index-contrast air/alumina core/shell patterns lead to dramatic excitation of the low-order diffraction modes. Large-area (1075 × 750 μm(2)) blue-emitting InGaN/GaN light-emitting diodes (LEDs) fabricated on a 3 μm pitch CES exhibit ∼39% enhancement in the optical power compared to state-of-the-art, patterned-sapphire-substrate LEDs, while preserving all of the electrical metrics that are relevant to LED devices. Full-vectorial simulations quantitatively demonstrate the enhanced optical power of CES LEDs and show a progressive increase in the extraction efficiency as the air cavity volume is expanded. This trend in light extraction is observed for both lateral- and flip-chip-geometry LEDs. Measurements of far-field profiles indicate a substantial beaming effect for CES LEDs, despite their few-micron-pitch pattern. Near-to-far-field transformation simulations and polarization analysis demonstrate that the improved extraction efficiency of CES LEDs is ascribed to the increase in emissions via the top escape route and to the extraction of transverse-magnetic polarized light. PMID:27045458

  6. Development of a calibration methodology and tests of kerma area product meters

    The quantity kerma area product (PKA) is important to establish reference levels in diagnostic radiology exams. This quantity can be obtained using a PKA meter. The use of such meters is essential to evaluate the radiation dose in radiological procedures and is a good indicator to make sure that the dose limit to the patient's skin doesn't exceed. Sometimes, these meters come fixed to X radiation equipment, which makes its calibration difficult. In this work, it was developed a methodology for calibration of PKA meters. The instrument used for this purpose was the Patient Dose Calibrator (PDC). It was developed to be used as a reference to check the calibration of PKA and air kerma meters that are used for dosimetry in patients and to verify the consistency and behavior of systems of automatic exposure control. Because it is a new equipment, which, in Brazil, is not yet used as reference equipment for calibration, it was also performed the quality control of this equipment with characterization tests, the calibration and an evaluation of the energy dependence. After the tests, it was proved that the PDC can be used as a reference instrument and that the calibration must be performed in situ, so that the characteristics of each X-ray equipment, where the PKA meters are used, are considered. The calibration was then performed with portable PKA meters and in an interventional radiology equipment that has a PKA meter fixed. The results were good and it was proved the need for calibration of these meters and the importance of in situ calibration with a reference meter. (author)

  7. Analysis of the Tandem Calibration Method for Kerma Area Product Meters Via Monte Carlo Simulations

    The IAEA recommends that uncertainties of dosimetric measurements in diagnostic radiology for risk assessment and quality assurance should be less than 7% on the confidence level of 95%. This accuracy is difficult to achieve with kerma area product (KAP) meters currently used in clinics. The reasons range from the high energy dependence of KAP meters to the wide variety of configurations in which KAP meters are used and calibrated. The tandem calibration method introduced by Poeyry, Komppa and Kosunen in 2005 has the potential to make the calibration procedure simpler and more accurate compared to the traditional beam-area method. In this method, two positions of the reference KAP meter are of interest: (a) a position close to the field KAP meter and (b) a position 20 cm above the couch. In the close position, the distance between the two KAP meters should be at least 30 cm to reduce the effect of back scatter. For the other position, which is recommended for the beam-area calibration method, the distance of 70 cm between the KAP meters was used in this study. The aim of this work was to complement existing experimental data comparing the two configurations with Monte Carlo (MC) simulations. In a geometry consisting of a simplified model of the VacuTec 70157 type KAP meter, the MCNP code was used to simulate the kerma area product, PKA, for the two (close and distant) reference planes. It was found that PKA values for the tube voltage of 40 kV were about 2.5% lower for the distant plane than for the close one. For higher tube voltages, the difference was smaller. The difference was mainly caused by attenuation of the X ray beam in air. Since the problem with high uncertainties in PKA measurements is also caused by the current design of X ray machines, possible solutions are discussed. (author)

  8. The use of evaluated nuclear data libraries for the calculation of kerma factors

    A computational model is developed for calculating neutron kerma factors and total energy of protons from basic nuclear data for all neutron reaction types in any energy range. The evaluated nuclear data libraries are used for calculating the kerma factors. (author). 4 refs

  9. The role of air pollution in the relationship between a heat stress index and human mortality in Toronto

    In this study we considered confounding from air pollutants and chronological variables in the relation between humidex, a summer temperature and humidity index, and nonaccidental mortality, from 1980-1996 in Toronto, Canada. Changes in the risk of death by age group, gender, and combined cardiac-respiratory cause of death were estimated for both 1 deg. C and 50-95th percentile increases in humidex using a generalized additive linear model. With air pollution terms in the models, relative risk (RR) point estimates narrowly exceeded 1.0 for all groups. Humidex effects were most apparent for females (RR=1.006, 95% CI=1.004-1.008 per 1 deg. C humidex and RR=1.089, 95% CI=1.058-1.121 for 50th to 95th percentile humidex). When air pollution was omitted from the model, RR in the 50-95th percentile analysis increased less than 1.71% for all groups except females, for which RR decreased 1.42%. Differences in RR per 1 deg. C humidex were all less than 0.12%. Confidence intervals narrowed slightly for all groups investigated. Heat stress has a statistically significant, yet minimal impact on Toronto populations, and air pollution does appear to have a small, but consistent confounding effect on humidex effect estimates

  10. PLAM - a meteorological pollution index for air quality and its applications in fog-haze forecasts in North China

    Yang, Y. Q.; Wang, J. Z.; Gong, S. L.; Zhang, X. Y.; Wang, H.; Wang, Y. Q.; Wang, J.; Li, D.; Guo, J. P.

    2016-02-01

    Using surface meteorological observation and high-resolution emission data, this paper discusses the application of the PLAM/h index (Parameter Linking Air-quality to Meteorological conditions/haze) in the prediction of large-scale low visibility and fog-haze events. Based on the two-dimensional probability density function diagnosis model for emissions, the study extends the diagnosis and prediction of the meteorological pollution index PLAM to the regional visibility fog-haze intensity. The results show that combining the influence of regular meteorological conditions and emission factors together in the PLAM/h parameterization scheme is very effective in improving the diagnostic identification ability of the fog-haze weather in North China. The determination coefficients for four seasons (spring, summer, autumn, and winter) between PLAM/h and visibility observation are 0.76, 0.80, 0.96, and 0.86, respectively, and all of their significance levels exceed 0.001, showing the ability of PLAM/h to predict the seasonal changes and differences of fog-haze weather in the North China region. The high-value correlation zones are located in Jing-Jin-Ji (Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei), Bohai Bay rim, and southern Hebei-northern Henan, indicating that the PLAM/h index is related to the distribution of frequent heavy fog-haze weather in North China and the distribution of emission high-value zone. Through comparative analysis of the heavy fog-haze events and large-scale clear-weather processes in winter and summer, it is found that PLAM/h index 24 h forecast is highly correlated with the visibility observation. Therefore, the PLAM/h index has good capability in identification, analysis, and forecasting.

  11. Measurement of the nonlinear refractive index of air constituents at mid-infrared wavelengths

    Zahedpour, S; Milchberg, H M

    2015-01-01

    We measure the nonlinear refractive index coefficients in N$_2$, O$_2$ and Ar from visible through mid-infrared wavelengths (\\lambda = 0.4 - 2.4 {\\mu}m). The wavelengths investigated correspond to transparency windows in the atmosphere. Good agreement is found with theoretical models of $\\chi^{(3)}$. Our results are essential for accurately simulating the propagation of ultrashort mid-IR pulses in the atmosphere.

  12. Assessment of productivity loss in air-conditioned buildings using PMV index

    Kosonen, R. [Halton OY, Kausala (Finland); Tan, F. [CapitaLand Commercial Limited, Singapore (Singapore)

    2004-07-01

    This theoretical study reports on the assessment of productivity loss in air-conditioned office buildings using the PMV approach and makes use of Wyon's reviews [D.P. Wyon, P.O. Fanger, B.W. Olesen, C.J.K. Pedersen, The mental performance of subjects clothed for comfort at two different air temperatures, Ergonomics 18 (1975) 358-374; D.P. Wyon, Individual microclimate control: required range, probable benefits and current feasibility, in: Proceedings of Indoor Air '96, Institute of Public Health, Tokyo, 1996; D.P. Wyon, Indoor environmental effects on productivity. IAQ 96 Paths to better building environments/Keynote address. Y. Kevin. Atlanta, ASHRAE, pp. 5-15] as the basis to compare and to relate how the productivity loss could be minimised through improved thermal comfort design criteria. The finding shows that task-related performance is significantly correlated with the human perception of thermal environment that in turn is dependent on temperatures. Different combinations of thermal criteria (air velocity, clo, metabolic, etc.) can lead to similar PMV value and the PMV equation is useful to predict productivity loss that is due to the rate of change in thermal conditions. The study also highlights the issues that remain to be resolved in future research. (author)

  13. High-accuracy self-correction of refractive index of air using two-color interferometry of optical frequency combs.

    Minoshima, Kaoru; Arai, Kaoru; Inaba, Hajime

    2011-12-19

    Long-path pulse-to-pulse interferometers of two-color frequency combs are developed using fundamental and second harmonics of a mode-locked fiber laser. Interferometric phase difference between two-color frequency combs was precisely measured by stabilizing the fundamental fringe phase by controlling the repetition frequency of the comb, and a stability of 10(-10) for 1000 s was achieved in the measurement of an optical path length difference between two wavelengths. In long-term measurements performed for 10 h, results of phase variation of interferometric measurements were highly consistent with the fluctuations in the calculated difference of refractive indices of air at two wavelengths with an accuracy of 10(-10). The difference between the measured optical distances corresponding to two wavelengths and the optical distance corresponding to the fundamental wavelength were used in the two-color method; high-accuracy self-correction of the fluctuation of refractive index of air was performed with an uncertainty of 5 10(-8) for 10-h measurements when the maximum refractive index change was on the order of 10(-6). PMID:22274198

  14. Cumulative Impact Evaluation in Central Part of Liepaja with Comulative Pollution Index Method and Air Pollution Dispersion Modelling

    Kalniņš Viesturs

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Cumulative impact evaluation is one of the most actual problems in air quality monitoring. At the same time, it is also the most problematic factor to evaluate due to lack of appropriate methodology. The aim of this study was to assess the opportunity to use a new method – Cumulative Pollution Index (CPI in cumulative impact calculation from two different sets of data – bioindication survey with Index of Atmospheric Purity method and air pollution dispersion modelling. Results show that the usage of modelling data, instead of measurements, in cumulative impact evaluation can be quite difficult due to the fact that dispersion models not always give sufficiently accurate data. Despite the issues with modelling specifics, the use of dispersion modelling in CPI calculation shows that the use of this approach not only gives plausible data – obtained values correlate with pollution level and forming strong clustering in spatial distribution, but also reveals new facts about cumulative impact – demonstrates the city microclimate importance in forming of cumulative effect due to geometry of street canyons.

  15. Precision positioning with suppression of the influence of refractive index of air

    Holá, Miroslava; Hrabina, Jan; Oulehla, Jindřich; Čížek, Martin; Mikel, Břetislav; Řeřucha, Šimon; Buchta, Zdeněk; Číp, Ondřej; Lazar, Josef

    Bellingham : SPIE, 2013, 878831:1-7. ISBN 978-0-8194-9604-1. [Optical Measurement Systems for Industrial Inspection /8./. Munich (DE), 13.05.2013-16.05.2013] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA102/09/1276; GA ČR GPP102/11/P820; GA TA ČR TA02010711; GA TA ČR TE01020233; GA MŠk ED0017/01/01 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : nanometrology * refractometry * interferometry * refractive index * nanoscale Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  16. Assessing the use of the Air Quality Health Index by vulnerable populations in a ‘low-risk’ region: A pilot study

    Spurr, K; Pendergast, N; MacDonald, S

    2014-01-01

    Several studies have shown a relationship between exposure to outdoor air pollution and adverse health effects, and that people with specific chronic diseases appear to be particularly vulnerable. An important opportunity exists for respiratory therapists to inform at-risk clients, especially those with lung disease, about outdoor air pollution and its role in self-management. The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), a national program led by Health Canada and Environment Canada, is intended to i...

  17. Association between indoor air pollutant exposure and blood pressure and heart rate in subjects according to body mass index.

    Jung, Chien-Cheng; Su, Huey-Jen; Liang, Hsiu-Hao

    2016-01-01

    This study investigates the effects of high body mass index (BMI) of subjects on individual who exhibited high cardiovascular disease indexes with blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) when exposed to high levels of indoor air pollutants. We collected 115 office workers, and measured their systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP) and HR at the end of the workday. The subjects were divided into three groups according to BMI: 18-24 (normal weight), 24-27 (overweight) and >27 (obese). This study also measured the levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), total volatile organic compounds (TVOC), particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than 2.5μm (PM2.5), as well as the bacteria and fungi in the subjects' work-places. The pollutant effects were divided by median. Two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to analyze the health effects of indoor air pollution exposure according to BMI. Our study showed that higher levels of SBP, DBP and HR occurred in subjects who were overweight or obese as compared to those with normal weight. Moreover, there was higher level of SBP in subjects who were overweight or obese when they were exposed to higher levels of TVOC and fungi (p<0.05). We also found higher value for DBP and HR with increasing BMI to be associated with exposure to higher TVOC levels. This study suggests that individuals with higher BMI have higher cardiovascular disease risk when they are exposed to poor indoor air quality (IAQ), and specifically in terms of TVOC. PMID:26363400

  18. DISDOS, Kerma in Model Man from External Gamma Source

    1 - Description of problem or function: The absorbed dose (actually Kerma) is calculated for simplified human phantoms (elliptical cylinders) irradiated by external photon sources. The phantoms are divided into three parts: head, trunk, and legs. Three source distributions are considered: collimated beam, point source, and isotropic irradiation; other sources may be considered since the codes are segmented. 2 - Method of solution: Monte Carlo calculations provide estimates of the dose and the standard deviation in each zone. The source energy spectrum may be discrete, uniformly distributed in an energy range, or given by a piece-wise continuous function. 3 - Restrictions on the complexity of the problem: Pair production is accounted for in the field of the nuclei only. Electron binding corrections to Compton scattering are omitted. The body has 22 organs

  19. A new quantitative index of lobar air trapping in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): Comparison with conventional methods

    Nagatani, Yukihiro, E-mail: yatsushi@belle.shiga-med.ac.jp [Department of Radiology, Shiga University of Medical Science, Seta-tsukinowa-cho, Otsu, Shiga 520-2192 (Japan); Murata, Kiyoshi; Takahashi, Masashi; Nitta, Norihisa [Department of Radiology, Shiga University of Medical Science, Seta-tsukinowa-cho, Otsu, Shiga 520-2192 (Japan); Nakano, Yasutaka [Division of Respiratory Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Shiga University of Medical Science, Seta-tsukinowa-cho, Otsu, Shiga 520-2192 (Japan); Sonoda, Akinaga; Otani, Hideji [Department of Radiology, Shiga University of Medical Science, Seta-tsukinowa-cho, Otsu, Shiga 520-2192 (Japan); Okabe, Hidetoshi [Department of Clinical Laboratory, Shiga University of Medical Science, Seta-tsukinowa-cho, Otsu, Shiga 520-2192 (Japan); Ogawa, Emiko [Health Administration Center, Shiga University of Medical Science, Seta-tsukinowa-cho, Otsu, Shiga 520-2192 (Japan)

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • In the total lung field, AVI had excellent correlation with FEV{sub 1}/FVC. • AVI showed differences between three groups classified by the COPD severity. • In a lobe-based analysis, AVI did not mostly correlated with volume decrease ratio. • In a lobe-based analysis, coefficient of variation was relatively small in AVI. • In some lobes, AVI associated with the COPD severity despite respiratory level. - Abstract: Purpose: To determine the usefulness of newly-proposed index (attenuation–volume index, AVI: increase in mean value of lung attenuation (MVLA) divided by volume decrease ratio (VDR)) for quantitative assessment of lobar air trapping (LAT) using expiratory/inspiratory (E/I) computed tomography (CT) by minimizing influence of respiratory level. Materials and methods: Institutional review board approved study protocol. Twenty-one moderate or severe COPD (group A), 16 mild COPD (group B) and 26 normal volunteers (group C) underwent both E/I scans via 320-row CT and pulmonary functional test (PFT). Volume image data were automatically segmented into six lung lobes with minimal manual intervention. AVI, pixel index (PI), air trapping ratio (ATR) and relative volume change (RVC{sub 860–950}) were calculated in total lung (TL) and each lobe. Four indices in TL were correlated with both PFT result and VDR and those in TL and each lobe were compared between three groups. Results: Similar to ATR, AVI correlated with both FEV{sub 1}/FVC (r = 0.772, p < 0.01) and RV/TLC (r = −0.726, p < 0.01) and demonstrated a significant difference between three groups in both TL (group A: 1.69 ± 0.45, group B: 2.21 ± 0.45 and group C: 2.80 ± 0.44) and five lobes except for left lingular segment. In a lobe-based analysis regarding relationship with VDR, AVI was much less dependent than ATR, although regression lines of groups A and C were separated for AVI as well as ATR. Coefficient of variation of either PI or RVC{sub 860–950} was significantly larger than that of AVI. Conclusion: AVI can be a more suitable CT index for quantitative evaluation of LAT, minimizing influence of respiratory level.

  20. A new quantitative index of lobar air trapping in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): Comparison with conventional methods

    Highlights: • In the total lung field, AVI had excellent correlation with FEV1/FVC. • AVI showed differences between three groups classified by the COPD severity. • In a lobe-based analysis, AVI did not mostly correlated with volume decrease ratio. • In a lobe-based analysis, coefficient of variation was relatively small in AVI. • In some lobes, AVI associated with the COPD severity despite respiratory level. - Abstract: Purpose: To determine the usefulness of newly-proposed index (attenuation–volume index, AVI: increase in mean value of lung attenuation (MVLA) divided by volume decrease ratio (VDR)) for quantitative assessment of lobar air trapping (LAT) using expiratory/inspiratory (E/I) computed tomography (CT) by minimizing influence of respiratory level. Materials and methods: Institutional review board approved study protocol. Twenty-one moderate or severe COPD (group A), 16 mild COPD (group B) and 26 normal volunteers (group C) underwent both E/I scans via 320-row CT and pulmonary functional test (PFT). Volume image data were automatically segmented into six lung lobes with minimal manual intervention. AVI, pixel index (PI), air trapping ratio (ATR) and relative volume change (RVC860–950) were calculated in total lung (TL) and each lobe. Four indices in TL were correlated with both PFT result and VDR and those in TL and each lobe were compared between three groups. Results: Similar to ATR, AVI correlated with both FEV1/FVC (r = 0.772, p < 0.01) and RV/TLC (r = −0.726, p < 0.01) and demonstrated a significant difference between three groups in both TL (group A: 1.69 ± 0.45, group B: 2.21 ± 0.45 and group C: 2.80 ± 0.44) and five lobes except for left lingular segment. In a lobe-based analysis regarding relationship with VDR, AVI was much less dependent than ATR, although regression lines of groups A and C were separated for AVI as well as ATR. Coefficient of variation of either PI or RVC860–950 was significantly larger than that of AVI. Conclusion: AVI can be a more suitable CT index for quantitative evaluation of LAT, minimizing influence of respiratory level

  1. Secondary bremsstrahlung and the energy-conservation aspects of kerma in photon-irradiated media

    Kumar, Sudhir; Nahum, Alan E.

    2016-02-01

    Kerma, collision kerma and absorbed dose in media irradiated by megavoltage photons are analysed with respect to energy conservation. The user-code DOSRZnrc was employed to compute absorbed dose D, kerma K and a special form of kerma, K ncpt, obtained by setting the charged-particle transport energy cut-off very high, thereby preventing the generation of secondary bremsstrahlung along the charged-particle paths. The user-code FLURZnrc was employed to compute photon fluence, differential in energy, from which collision kerma, K col and K were derived. The ratios K/D, K ncpt/D and K col/D have thereby been determined over a very large volumes of water, aluminium and copper irradiated by broad, parallel beams of 0.1 to 25 MeV monoenergetic photons, and 6, 10 and 15 MV clinical radiotherapy qualities. Concerning depth-dependence, the area under the kerma, K, curve exceeded that under the dose curve, demonstrating that kerma does not conserve energy when computed over a large volume. This is due to the double counting of the energy of the secondary bremsstrahlung photons, this energy being (implicitly) included in the kerma liberated in the irradiated medium, at the same time as this secondary bremsstrahlung is included in the photon fluence which gives rise to kerma elsewhere in the medium. For 25 MeV photons this violation amounts to 8.6%, 14.2% and 25.5% in large volumes of water, aluminium and copper respectively but only 0.6% for a clinical 6 MV beam in water. By contrast, K col/D and K ncpt/D, also computed over very large phantoms of the same three media, for the same beam qualities, are equal to unity within (very low) statistical uncertainties, demonstrating that collision kerma and the special type of kerma, K ncpt, do conserve energy over a large volume. A comparison of photon fluence spectra for the 25 MeV beam at a depth of???51?g cm?2 for both very high and very low charged-particle transport cut-offs reveals the considerable contribution to the total photon fluence by secondary bremsstrahlung in the latter case. Finally, a correction to the kerma integral has been formulated to account for the energy transferred to charged particles by photons with initial energies below the Monte-Carlo photon transport cut-off PCUT; for 25 MeV photons this photon track end correction is negligible for all PCUT below 10 keV.

  2. Extension of carbon kerma factor measurements to 18- and 20-MeV neutron energy

    Carbon kerma factor measurements were extended to neutron energies of 18 to 20 MeV. Contributions to the data of low energy interactions are identified and subsequently factored out. 12 refs., 7 figs., 2 tabs

  3. Experimental determination of kerma factors at E/sub n/ approx. = 15 MeV

    Goldberg, E.; Slaughter, D.R.; Howell, R.H.

    1978-04-05

    Experimental values for the kerma per unit fluence at the neutron energy, E/sub n/ = 15 MeV, have been determined for graphite, Mg, and Fe. Ion chambers of small size with walls of these materials were employed, and were filled with a variety of gases--N/sub 2/, CO/sub 2/, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe. A calibrated neutron source was employed, allowing a straightforward determination of the kerma per unit fluence.

  4. Air ion and pollution index variation for indoor and outdoor atmosphere at rural station Ramanandnagar (17 4?N, 74 25?) India

    S D Pawar

    2013-02-01

    In the present study, the observation of indoor air ion concentration at a rural site has been carried out for the first time. These indoor observations are compared with outdoor air ion concentration. Net charge can be introduced into the atmosphere by processes such as combustion, rainfall and ultraviolet radiation. As compared to indoors, average air ions of both the polarities at outdoors are higher. Moreover, the air ion concentrations, experience large fluctuations during daytime, as compared to nighttime values. Positive and negative air ion concentrations are lower and uniform throughout the night both for indoor and outdoor conditions. Pollution index is more or less unity for outdoors in all-the-time period, which is good for human health. Due to limited sources of air ions indoors, it is observed that pollution index decreases from 00:0002:00 hours and minimum is reached during 12:0014:00 hours for indoors. During 00:0002:00 hours, the indoor pollution index is 1.55, which is very harmful to human health.

  5. Wind erosion risk in the southwest of Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, and its relationship to the productivity index

    Silenzi, Juan C.; Echeverra, Nora E.; Vallejos, Adrin G.; Bouza, Mariana E.; De Lucia, Martn P.

    2012-01-01

    Wind erosion risk (WER) for soils of each municipality in the southwest (SW) of Buenos Aires Province (10,491,172 ha) was determined using the wind erosion equation (WEQ) model. WER results from multiplying the soil erodibility index (" I") of the soil by the climatic factor ( C). WER (Mg ha -1 year -1) of each municipality was: Baha Blanca: 22.4, Coronel Dorrego: 18.6, Coronel Pringles: 4.5, Coronel Rosales: 48.2, Coronel Surez: 4.5, Guamin: 3.0, Patagones: 104.6, Puan: 12.2, Saavedra: 3.0, Tornquist: 6.8, and Villarino: 31.7. The maximum weighted average of " I" (Mg ha -1 year -1) corresponded to Coronel Rosales (87.6), Patagones (87.2), Villarino (85.7), Puan (67.9); Guamin (59.6), Coronel Dorrego (53.1), and Baha Blanca (39.3); the remaining municipalities ranged between 34.9 and 32.1 Mg ha -1 year -1. The highest C (%) corresponded to Patagones (120), Baha Blanca (57), Coronel Rosales (55), Villarino (37), Coronel Dorrego (35), Tornquist (21), and Puan (18); for the remaining municipalities it was 14%. The productivity index (PI) is known to establish a numerical value of the productive capacity of lands. The relationship between WER and PI, weighted averages, in all the studied municipalities was fitted by means of a linear model, WER (Mg ha -1 year -1) = 95.23 - 2.09 * PI (%) ( R2 = 66%), and a second-order polynomial model, WER (Mg ha -1 year -1) = 139.41 - 5.86 * PI (%) + 0.07 * PI 2 (%) ( R2 = 74%). No statistically significant relationship was found between WER and PI for each municipality.

  6. Humidity dependence in kerma area product meter used in diagnostic X ray examinations

    The air-kerma area product, PKA, is a dosimetric quantity that can be directly related to the patient dose and used for risk assessment associated with different x-ray examinations. PKA has the unit Gym2 and can be directly measured by use of a Kerma Area Product (KAP) meter placed in the radiation beam. PKA is the recommended quantity for use in the establishment of diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) for conventional x-ray examinations and is also a good indicator for when threshold doses for deterministic effects are reached in interventional x-ray procedures. Most modern x-ray equipment provides the operator with the total PKA from the examination or procedure. This PKA is either obtained from PKA measurements from a built-in KAP meter or calculated from exposure parameters. To get a reliable estimate of DRLs and the patient dose, it is essential that the PKA measurement is correct. Thus all environmental influences on the KAP meter should be taken into account. These influences can either be corrected for or included in the measurement uncertainty. These have to be considered both in the calibration of the KAP-meters, in the use of the KAP meters and in the determination of DRLs. A KAP meter is an electrometer and a plane parallel ion chamber with an active area of typical 15 cm X 15 cm. The KAP meter usually consist of three plastic plates (PMMA) which is coated with a conducting layer made of indium oxide doped with tin (In2O3:Sn). This coating is used due to its transparency to light. The air layers between the plates (sensitive volume) are open to the air. Thus the readings from the KAP meter have to be corrected for air pressure and temperature as for other ion chambers. It has been assumed that the humidity dependence of the KAP meter is so small that no correction has been necessary. This work will show that KAP meter with PMMA plastic plates coated with In2O3:Sn shows a humidity dependence so large that corrections should be considered. The measurements were performed by carefully controlling the humidity in the laboratory. Between each measurement the humidity was changed with steps of 5 to 10 %RH in the range 20-60 %RH. The measurements were performed two days after the humidity change, so the humidity inside the chamber could stabilise. The setup was as for a substitution calibration with the KAP meter 100 cm from the x- ray source and exposed to a beam limited by a aperture of 5 cm X 5 cm at 95 cm as described in TRS-457. A Capintec PR-30 was used as a monitor chamber. This chamber is made of C-552 and has small humidity dependence. Two KAP-chambers were tested. Both chambers showed the same humidity dependence. The humidity dependence for the chambers was (0.24 ± 0.10) % pr. %RH (k=2). The transmission factor of the chambers showed no humidity dependence. One of the chambers were tested at five different qualities from 40 kV to 150 kV (RQR2, RQR5, RQR8, RQR9, RQR 10). The humidity dependence was the same for all qualities. In an environment with no humidity control the humidity can typically vary from 20 %RH to 80 %RH. According to the results this can lead to about 14 % change in the KAP reading. This is a larger effect than recommended for KAP meters, ± 3.0 %, in the IEC 60580 standard. The observed humidity dependence means that great care have to be take when calibrating and using KAP meter for dose measurements. The humidity effect is not fully understood but it seems that the conducting layer on the PMMA is the origin of the effect

  7. Spatial and temporal analysis of Air Pollution Index and its timescale-dependent relationship with meteorological factors in Guangzhou, China, 2001–2011

    There is an increasing interest in spatial and temporal variation of air pollution and its association with weather conditions. We presented the spatial and temporal variation of Air Pollution Index (API) and examined the associations between API and meteorological factors during 2001–2011 in Guangzhou, China. A Seasonal-Trend Decomposition Procedure Based on Loess (STL) was used to decompose API. Wavelet analyses were performed to examine the relationships between API and several meteorological factors. Air quality has improved since 2005. APIs were highly correlated among five monitoring stations, and there were substantial temporal variations. Timescale-dependent relationships were found between API and a variety of meteorological factors. Temperature, relative humidity, precipitation and wind speed were negatively correlated with API, while diurnal temperature range and atmospheric pressure were positively correlated with API in the annual cycle. Our findings should be taken into account when determining air quality forecasts and pollution control measures. - Highlights: • Air pollution is still serious in Guangzhou, China. • Air Pollution Index was associated with a variety of meteorological parameters. • The temporal relationships were timescale-dependent. • The findings should be taken into account in air quality forecasts and pollution control. - Spatial and temporal variation of API and its timescale-dependent relationship with meteorological factors in Guangzhou were demonstrated

  8. Measurement of air-refractive-index fluctuation from laser frequency shift with uncertainty of order 10?9

    In the previous work (Ishige et al 2009 Meas. Sci. Technol. 20 084019), we presented a method of measuring the relative air-refractive-index fluctuation (?nair) from the laser frequency shift with the measurement uncertainty of order 10?8 using a phase modulation homodyne interferometer (Basile et al 1991 Metrologia 28 455), which was supported by an ultralow thermal expansion material (ULTEM) and an external cavity laser diode (ECLD). In this paper, an improvement in the uncertainty of the ?nair measurement is presented. The improvement method is based on a FabryPerot cavity constructed on the ULTEM, which has a thermal expansion coefficient of 2 10?8 K?1 and an ECLD. The PoundDreverHall method (Drever et al 1983 Appl. Phys. B 31 97) is also used to control the ECLD frequency to track the resonance of the cavity. ?nair can be derived from the ECLD frequency shift. The estimated measurement uncertainty of ?nair for a short time (?150 s) in the experiment is of order 2.5 10?9 or less

  9. Precision measurement of refractive index of air based on laser synthetic wavelength interferometry with Edln equation estimation

    Yan, Liping; Chen, Benyong; Zhang, Enzheng; Zhang, Shihua; Yang, Ye

    2015-08-01

    A novel method for the precision measurement of refractive index of air (nair) based on the combining of the laser synthetic wavelength interferometry with the Edln equation estimation is proposed. First, a nair_e is calculated from the modified Edln equation according to environmental parameters measured by low precision sensors with an uncertainty of 10-6. Second, a unique integral fringe number N corresponding to nair is determined based on the calculated nair_e. Then, a fractional fringe ? corresponding to nair with high accuracy can be obtained according to the principle of fringe subdivision of laser synthetic wavelength interferometry. Finally, high accurate measurement of nair is achieved according to the determined fringes N and ?. The merit of the proposed method is that it not only solves the problem of the measurement accuracy of nair being limited by the accuracies of environmental sensors, but also avoids adopting complicated vacuum pumping to measure the integral fringe N in the method of conventional laser interferometry. To verify the feasibility of the proposed method, comparison experiments with Edln equations in short time and in long time were performed. Experimental results show that the measurement accuracy of nair is better than 2.5 10-8 in short time tests and 6.2 10-8 in long time tests.

  10. Use of Segregation Indices, Townsend Index, and Air Toxics Data to Assess Lifetime Cancer Risk Disparities in Metropolitan Charleston, South Carolina, USA

    LaShanta J. Rice

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: Studies have demonstrated a relationship between segregation and level of education, occupational opportunities, and risk behaviors, yet a paucity of research has elucidated the association between racial residential segregation, socioeconomic deprivation, and lifetime cancer risk. Objectives: We examined estimated lifetime cancer risk from air toxics by racial composition, segregation, and deprivation in census tracts in Metropolitan Charleston. Methods: Segregation indices were used to measure the distribution of groups of people from different races within neighborhoods. The Townsend Index was used to measure economic deprivation in the study area. Poisson multivariate regressions were applied to assess the association of lifetime cancer risk with segregation indices and Townsend Index along with several sociodemographic measures. Results: Lifetime cancer risk from all pollution sources was 28 persons/million for half of the census tracts in Metropolitan Charleston. Isolation Index and Townsend Index both showed significant correlation with lifetime cancer risk from different sources. This significance still holds after adjusting for other sociodemographic measures in a Poisson regression, and these two indices have stronger effect on lifetime cancer risk compared to the effects of sociodemographic measures. Conclusions: We found that material deprivation, measured by the Townsend Index and segregation measured by the Isolation index, introduced high impact on lifetime cancer risk by air toxics at the census tract level.

  11. Kerma factor evaluation and its application in nuclear heating experiment analysis

    The accuracy of calculating 'kerma factor', which is the response function for nuclear heating is very important in many applications, particularly fusion systems. A computer code, called MAZE, has been developed primarily for evaluating neutron and gamma kerma factors based on an improved modeling and a capability to analyze basic data and evaluate consistency in preserving energy. Kinematics equations and energy conservation considerations are modeled in the code. The code has features that allow comparison and analysis among different methods of calculating the kerma factor and it provides users with data information needed to make user-oriented selections from two to three, often different, results. A kerma factor library, called MAZE-LIB, has been generated with MAZE for most of the materials of interest in fusion based on the most recent and accurate data available, FENDL library, which is the nuclear data library selected by ITER. The kerma factor library provided in this work is the result of an extensive analysis of nuclear data and careful selection from among often different results from the different calculational methods. It was shown that some data inconsistency problems in preserving the energy still exist in the FENDL library. Some problems with the widely used computer code NJOY were exposed during the process of the kerma factor evaluation, which is crucial at this stage of fusion research, since NJOY is the primary nuclear data processing code selected by ITER. Comparison with nuclear heating experimental data, derived from very recent integral experiments with 14 MeV neutrons and the analysis of the uncertainty in prediction have been carried out using the newly developed kerma factors. (orig.)

  12. Determination of mass attenuation coefficients, effective atomic and electron numbers, mean free paths and kermas for PbO, barite and some boron ores

    The total mass attenuation coefficients, ?m, for PbO, barite, colemanite, tincal and ulexite were determined at 80.1, 302.9, 356.0, 661.7 and 1250.0 keV photon energies by using NaI (Tl) scintillation detector. Effective atomic number, Zeff, effective electron number, Neff, total atomic cross-section, ?t, total electronic cross-section, ?e, mean free path, mfp, and kerma relative to air were determined experimentally and theoretically. The theoretical mass attenuation coefficients were estimated using mixture rule. The calculated values were compared with the experimental values for all samples.

  13. Model calculation of neutron kerma coefficient for n+56Fe below 20 MeV

    Model calculations for the n+56Fe reaction have been performed by using extended UNF code, which is based on the unified Hauser-Feshbach and exciton model. Based on the excellent agreement with the experimental double-differential cross-sections of neutron, alpha and proton, the total kerma coefficients are derived naturally with the formula KΦ=ΣiKΦi=NΣijkE-bar ijk(En)σijk(En) (), which contains more comprehensive parameter information. The discrepancies of total kerma coefficients between the experimental data, evaluated data and the calculated results of this paper have been further analyzed, and one can have some confidence in predicting the kerma coefficients derived naturally by this model calculation.

  14. Calculated photon KERMA factors based on the LLNL EGDL [Evaluated Gamma-Ray Data Library] data file

    Photon (Gamma-Ray) KERMA factors calculated from the LLNL EGDL (Evaluated Gamma-Ray Data Library) file are tabulated for the elements from Z=1 to Z=30 and for 15 composite materials. The KERMA factors are presented for 191 energy groups over the incident photon energy range from 100 eV to 100 MeV. 3 refs

  15. Air

    ... and your health: Green living Sun Water Air Health effects of air pollution How to protect yourself from air pollution Chemicals Noise Quizzes Links to more information girlshealth glossary girlshealth.gov home http://www.girlshealth.gov/ Home The environment and your health ... Air While we don’t often think ...

  16. The smart electronic unit for precise measurement of refractive index of air in a nano-positioning stage for scanning probe microscopy (SPM)

    Hucl, Václav; Čížek, Martin; Buchta, Zdeněk; Mikel, Břetislav; Lazar, Josef; Číp, Ondřej

    Ostrava : TANGER Ltd, 2012, s. 817-821. ISBN 978-80-87294-32-1. [NANOCON 2012. International Conference /4./. Brno (CZ), 23.10.2012-25.10.2012] R&D Projects: GA MPO FR-TI2/705; GA MPO FR-TI1/241; GA ČR GAP102/10/1813 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : refractive index of air * precise measurement * laser interferometer Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  17. A Visualization Approach to Air Pollution Data Exploration—A Case Study of Air Quality Index (PM2.5) in Beijing, China

    Huan Li; Hong Fan; Feiyue Mao

    2016-01-01

    In recent years, frequent occurrences of significant air pollution events in China have routinely caused panic and are a major topic of discussion by the public and air pollution experts in government and academia. Therefore, this study proposed an efficient visualization method to represent directly, quickly, and clearly the spatio-temporal information contained in air pollution data. Data quality check and cleansing during a preliminary visual analysis is presented in tabular form, heat mat...

  18. Energy absorption buildup factors, exposure buildup factors and Kerma for optically stimulated luminescence materials and their tissue equivalence for radiation dosimetry

    Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) materials are sensitive dosimetric materials used for precise and accurate dose measurement for low-energy ionizing radiation. Low dose measurement capability with improved sensitivity makes these dosimeters very useful for diagnostic imaging, personnel monitoring and environmental radiation dosimetry. Gamma ray energy absorption buildup factors and exposure build factors were computed for OSL materials using the five-parameter Geometric Progression (G-P) fitting method in the energy range 0.01515 MeV for penetration depths up to 40 mean free path. The computed energy absorption buildup factor and exposure buildup factor values were studied as a function of penetration depth and incident photon energy. Effective atomic numbers and Kerma relative to air of the selected OSL materials and tissue equivalence were computed and compared with that of water, PMMA and ICRU standard tissues. The buildup factors and kerma relative to air were found dependent upon effective atomic numbers. Buildup factors determined in the present work should be useful in radiation dosimetry, medical diagnostics and therapy, space dosimetry, accident dosimetry and personnel monitoring. - Highlights: EABF and EBF values of OSL materials have been calculated using G-P fitting method. Zeff of OSL materials was observed higher than water, PMMA and standard ICRU tissues. EABF, EBF and Ka were found Zeff dependent. Ka of BeO roughly independent upon photon energies. We found BeO the most promising OSL material for clinical and medical dosimetry

  19. Energy absorption buildup factors, exposure buildup factors and Kerma for optically stimulated luminescence materials and their tissue equivalence for radiation dosimetry

    Singh, Vishwanath P.; Badiger, N. M.

    2014-11-01

    Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) materials are sensitive dosimetric materials used for precise and accurate dose measurement for low-energy ionizing radiation. Low dose measurement capability with improved sensitivity makes these dosimeters very useful for diagnostic imaging, personnel monitoring and environmental radiation dosimetry. Gamma ray energy absorption buildup factors and exposure build factors were computed for OSL materials using the five-parameter Geometric Progression (G-P) fitting method in the energy range 0.015-15 MeV for penetration depths up to 40 mean free path. The computed energy absorption buildup factor and exposure buildup factor values were studied as a function of penetration depth and incident photon energy. Effective atomic numbers and Kerma relative to air of the selected OSL materials and tissue equivalence were computed and compared with that of water, PMMA and ICRU standard tissues. The buildup factors and kerma relative to air were found dependent upon effective atomic numbers. Buildup factors determined in the present work should be useful in radiation dosimetry, medical diagnostics and therapy, space dosimetry, accident dosimetry and personnel monitoring.

  20. Human Use Index (Future)

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — Human land uses may have major impacts on ecosystems, affecting biodiversity, habitat, air and water quality. The human use index (also known as U-index) is the...

  1. Human Use Index

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — Human land uses may have major impacts on ecosystems, affecting biodiversity, habitat, air and water quality. The human use index (also known as U-index) is the...

  2. Review of the research and application of KERMA factor and DPA cross section

    The data for recoil atom spectra, KERMA factor and displacement cross sections from neutron-induced reactions are calling increasing interest for applications to the study of radiation damage, calculation of heat generation in reactor, neutron therapy and biological research. PKA spectra sub-working group was recently established in Japanese Nuclear Data Committee as a part of developing JENDL Special Purpose Data Files. Current status of the data and various features of application of the KERMA-related problems were reviewed and discussed at the first meeting of the sub-working group. Present report is a compilation of the items presented at the meeting, covering a brief review of the existing research and the data, method of calculation, the KERMA factor data in neutron therapy, the deduction of KERMA factor of C-12 from neutron reaction measurement and analysis, the data base for radiation damage, the damage simulation calculation, and the method of storaging the evaluated data in ENDF/B-VI format. (author)

  3. Measurement of the tissue to A-150 tissue equivalent plastic kerma ratio at two p(66)Be neutron therapy facilities

    The ICRU tissue to A-150 tissue equivalent plastic kerma ratio is needed for neutron therapy dosimetry. The current ICRU protocol for neutron dosimetry recommends using a common conversion factor of 0.95 at all high-energy neutron therapy facilities. In an effort to determine facility specific ICRU tissue to A-150 plastic kerma ratios, an experimental approach was pursued. Four low pressure proportional counters that differed in wall materials (i.e. A-150, carbon, zirconium and zirconium-oxide) were used as dosimeters and integral kerma ratios were determined directly in the clinical beam. Measurements were performed at two p(66)Be facilities: iThemba LABS near Cape Town and Fermilab near Chicago. At the iThemba facility the clinical neutron beam is routinely filtered by a flattening and hardening filter combination. The influence of beam filtration on the kerma ratio was evaluated. Using two recent gas-to-wall dose conversion factor (rm,g value) evaluations a mean ICRU tissue to A-150 plastic kerma ratio of 0.93 ± 0.05 was determined for the clinical beam at iThemba LABS. The respective value for the Fermilab beam is 0.95 ± 0.05. The experimentally determined ICRU tissue to A-150 plastic kerma ratios for the two clinical beams are in agreement with theoretical evaluations. Beam filtration reduces the kerma ratio by 3 ± 2%

  4. Measurement of air-refractive-index fluctuation from frequency change using a phase modulation homodyne interferometer and an external cavity laser diode

    We present a method for air-refractive-index (nair) fluctuation measurement using a laser interferometer. The method is based on a combination of a phase modulation homodyne interferometer (PMHI), an external cavity laser diode (ECLD) and an ultralow thermal expansion material (ULTEM). The PMHI utilizes a Michelson interferometer which is constructed on the ULTEM plate under the condition of an air temperature fluctuation of less than 10 mK, so that the optical path change or the air-refractive-index fluctuation (?nair) caused by the thermal disturbance can be neglected. Meanwhile, the ECLD is controlled by adjusting its frequency to track some of the dark fringes of the interferometer, so that ?nair can be derived from the ECLD frequency change. The uncertainty of the ?nair measurement in the experiment is of 10?8 order. However, it will be possible to decrease the uncertainty to 10?9 or less if the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the control system is improved

  5. National air toxics information clearinghouse: Bibliography of selected reports and federal register notices related to air toxics. Index, 1992. Final report

    The purpose of the bibliography is to provide State and local agencies with citations to report and Federal Register notices useful to them in developing and operating air toxics control programs. The reports selected for this bibliography were published by the following agencies: U.S. EPA, NAS, NCI, NIEHS, NTP, NIOSH, ATSDR, CPSC, and WHO, including the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Relevant reports published by various State and local agencies are also included in this edition. The edition of the bibliography updates the cumulative bibliography previously published by the National Air Toxics Information Clearinghouse, Bibliography of Selected Reports and Federal Register Notices Related to Air Toxics, July 1991. The citations selected for this year were compiled from sources available through January 31, 1992

  6. Obtencin de un ndice de riesgo de erosin elica y su aplicacin en la provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina Erosion risk index attainment and its application in the Buenos Aires province, Argentina

    Susana Goldberg

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se propone un ndice climtico para estimar el riesgo de ocurrencia de erosin elica basado en las leyes fsicas que cuantifican el efecto de la agresin del medio (turbulencia atmosfrica sobre la resistencia del sistema (textura del suelo. Este indicador es obtenido en funcin de observaciones meteorolgicas estndar a partir de un modelo que incluye la alteracin del perfil vertical del viento ocasionada por la presencia de partculas de suelo en el aire y es expresado en trminos de la probabilidad de que la potencia del viento supere las condiciones umbrales para el comienzo del proceso. Si bien el ndice fue obtenido para suelo seco y desnudo, la metodologa permite avanzar hacia un modelo de evaluacin de riesgo ms general, si se determinan previamente los valores de velocidad de friccin umbral que corresponden a distintas condiciones que afectan la resistencia del suelo tales como la humedad del suelo, el contenido de materia orgnica, cobertura y uso de la tierra. Este modelo ha sido utilizado para evaluar la distribucin espacial del riesgo de erosin elica en la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina.This paper proposes a climatic index to estimate the wind erosion risk based upon physical laws that quantify the effect of environment's aggression (atmospheric turbulence on system resistance (soil texture. This index is obtained as a function of standard meteorological observations including the alteration of the wind profile produced by the presence of soil particles in the air and it is expressed in terms of the probability for the wind power to exceed the threshold conditions. Although this index was obtained for dry and bare soil, it may mean an advance towards a more general model for risk evaluation if other factors intervening in soil resistance, such as soil humidity, organic material content, land cover and use are included. This model has been used to evaluate the spatial distribution of the wind erosion risk in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina.

  7. Air temperature thresholds to evaluate snow melting at the surface of Alpine glaciers by T-index models: the case study of Forni Glacier (Italy)

    Senese, A.; Maugeri, M.; Vuillermoz, E.; Smiraglia, C.; Diolaiuti, G.

    2014-03-01

    The glacier melt conditions (i.e.: null surface temperature and positive energy budget) can be assessed by analyzing meteorological and energy data acquired by a supraglacial Automatic Weather Station (AWS). In the case this latter is not present the assessment of actual melting conditions and the evaluation of the melt amount is difficult and simple methods based on T-index (or degree days) models are generally applied. These models require the choice of a correct temperature threshold. In fact, melt does not necessarily occur at daily air temperatures higher than 273.15 K. In this paper, to detect the most indicative threshold witnessing melt conditions in the April-June period, we have analyzed air temperature data recorded from 2006 to 2012 by a supraglacial AWS set up at 2631 m a.s.l. on the ablation tongue of the Forni Glacier (Italian Alps), and by a weather station located outside the studied glacier (at Bormio, a village at 1225 m a.s.l.). Moreover we have evaluated the glacier energy budget and the Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) values during this time-frame. Then the snow ablation amount was estimated both from the surface energy balance (from supraglacial AWS data) and from T-index method (from Bormio data, applying the mean tropospheric lapse rate and varying the air temperature threshold) and the results were compared. We found that the mean tropospheric lapse rate permits a good and reliable reconstruction of glacier air temperatures and the major uncertainty in the computation of snow melt is driven by the choice of an appropriate temperature threshold. From our study using a 5.0 K lower threshold value (with respect to the largely applied 273.15 K) permits the most reliable reconstruction of glacier melt.

  8. Studies on effective atomic number, electron density and kerma for some fatty acids and carbohydrates

    Manohara, S.R.; Hanagodimath, S.M.; Gerward, Leif

    2008-01-01

    XCom program. The significant variation of Z(eff) and N-el is due to the variations in the dominance of different interaction processes in different energy regions. The maximum values of Z(eff) and N-el are found in the low-energy range, where photoelectric absorption is the main interaction process. The...... also made with the single values of the Z(eff) and N-el provided by the program XMuDat. It is also observed that carbohydrates have a larger kerma than fatty acids in the low-energy region, where photoelectric absorption dominates. In contrast, fatty acids have a larger kerma than carbohydrates in the...

  9. Studies on mass attenuation coefficient, mass energy absorption coefficient and kerma of some vitamins

    Highlights: ► Kerma is essential for nuclear medicine, diagnostics and radiation dosimeter. ► The values of μm and μe/ρ depends on the photon energy and chemical content of vitamins. ► New experiments should be performed to study physical parameters of biomolecules. -- Abstract: The mass attenuation coefficients for some vitamins (retinol, beta-carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, niacinamide, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, biotin, folic acid, cyanocobalamin, ascorbic acid, cholecalciferol, alpha-tocopherol, ketamine, hesperidin) were determined experimentally and theoretically at 356.61, 661.66, 1250 and 1408.01 keV photon energies by using a NaI(Tl) scintillation detector. Also, the mass energy absorption coefficients and kerma have been calculated. The calculated values were compared with the semi-empirical values for vitamins.

  10. Calculated neutron KERMA factors based on the LLNL ENDL data file. Volume 27

    Neutron KERMA factors calculated from the LLNL ENDL data file are tabulated for 15 composite materials and for the isotopes or elements in the ENDL file from Z = 1 to Z = 29. The incident neutron energies range from 1.882 x 10-5 to 20. MeV for the composite materials and from 1.30 x 10-9 to 20. MeV for the isotopes and elements

  11. A simple device for the measurement of kerma based on commercial PIN photo diodes

    Kushpil, Vasilij; Kushpil, Svetlana; Huňa, Zdeněk

    Cedex : EDP Sciences, 2012, s. 1-9. ISBN 978-88-7438-069-5. ISSN 2100-014X. [International Conference on Environmental Radioactivity - New Frontiers and Developments. Řím (IT), 25.10.2010-27.10.2010] R&D Projects: GA MŠk LC07048 Institutional support: RVO:61389005 Keywords : PIN diode * kerma measurement Subject RIV: BG - Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Colliders

  12. Determination of the kerma in the neutron field produced by a fast reactor

    A description is given of the principle, method and technology to determine the tissue kerma rates of the neutron and ?-rays in a fission neutron field produced by a fast reactor with a IRM81-TE1 tissue-equivalent ionization chamber made in China and a low neutron sensitivity energy-compensated G-M counter. Meanwhile, measurements are made with a FWTIC-17A tissue-equivalent ionization chamber. The results determined with the two chambers agree well with each other

  13. An EGSnrc investigation of cavity theory for ion chambers measuring air kerma

    The EGSnrc system is used to compare the response of an aluminum-walled thimble chamber to that of a graphite-walled thimble chamber for a 60Co beam. When compared to previous experimental results, the EGSnrc values of the ratios of chamber response differ by as much as 0.7% from the experiment. However, it is shown that this difference can be more than accounted for by switching from using the graphite mean excitation energy of 78 eV used in dosimetry protocols to the value of 86.8 eV suggested by more recent stopping-power experiments. This suggests that the uncertainty analysis of Monte Carlo results must be done more carefully, by taking into account uncertainties in the underlying basic data such as the electron and photon cross sections. In comparison to Spencer-Attix cavity theory for a thick-walled ion chamber, the Monte Carlo calculated values of the chamber response differ from the expected ones by 0.15% and 0.01% for the graphite and aluminum chambers, respectively, which are comparable to previously reported values for the Spencer-Attix correction factors. EGSnrc is also used to investigate the effect on the chamber response of thin dag layers on the inside of the aluminum wall. There is good agreement between the calculated and measured changes in chamber response versus the thickness of the dag. The results are compared to the predictions of the Almond-Svensson extension of cavity theory and show that the theory does not correctly predict the chamber response in the presence of thin dag layers. This finding is in agreement with previously reported experimental results. It is demonstrated that the values of ?, the fraction of ionizations in the gas arising from electrons generated in the dag layer, used in the theory, are not the source of the disagreement

  14. Verification of traceability and backscattering in surface entrance air kerma measurements with detector type ionizing chamber

    Measurements of doses in radiology services by ionizing chambers are easier than those made by TLD, however the protocols for measurements differ regarding the calibration. The objectives were to verify the traceability in the measures of ESAK corrected by the inverse square law, due to the difference in position between the source and IC and the influence of the backscattered radiation in bringing the detector to the table. Was defined a procedure practiced by the radiological services and designed experimental arrangements for the same technique. Was noted that the approximation of the detector to the table generated a significant backscattered. (author)

  15. Calibration of dosimeters used in diagnostic radiology in terms of air kerma rate

    This study was performed to determine IEC reference radiation beam quality for calibrating dosimeters used in diagnostic radiology. Additional filtration required to establish certain IEC quality was estimated from beam transmission measurements using Al absorbers. The experiment was carried out using medical x-ray equipment at Neelain Medical Center, Khartoum. The required added filtration thickness required to establish RQA quality was estimated according to the the method described in the IEC standard. The required filtration was estimated for each of radiation quality (40, 60, 80, 100, 120,) kV. Result showed the maximum deviation of 2.3%, for the half value-layers, which complied with the standard requirement of 3%, the additional filtration required for the RQA qualities was found to as follows: 1.2 mmAL (RQA2, 40 kV), 11.0 mmAL (RQA3, 60 kV), 20.7 mmAL ( RQA4, 80 kV), 29.5 mmAL (RQA5, 100 kV) and 33.0 mmAL (AQA6, 120 kV), those qualities recommended to be applied to calibration of the diagnostic radiology measurements instruments in Sudan.(Author)

  16. Doses monitoring in radiology: calibration of air kerma-area product (PKA meters

    Ricardo Andrade Terini

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective The authors have sought to study the calibration of a clinical PKA meter (Diamentor E2 and a calibrator for clinical meters (PDC in the Laboratory of Ionizing Radiation Metrology at Instituto de Energia e Ambiente - Universidade de São Paulo. Materials and Methods Different qualities of both incident and transmitted beams were utilized in conditions similar to a clinical setting, analyzing the influence from the reference dosimeter, from the distance between meters, from the filtration and from the average beam energy. Calibrations were performed directly against a standard 30 cm3 cylindrical chamber or a parallel-plate monitor chamber, and indirectly against the PDC meter. Results The lowest energy dependence was observed for transmitted beams. The cross calibration between the Diamentor E2 and the PDC meters, and the PDC presented the greatest propagation of uncertainties. Conclusion The calibration coefficient of the PDC meter showed to be more stable with voltage, while the Diamentor E2 calibration coefficient was more variable. On the other hand, the PDC meter presented greater uncertainty in readings (5.0% than with the use of the monitor chamber (3.5% as a reference.

  17. BIPM and COMECON comparisons of air kerma standards in X- and γ-radiation fields

    The results of comparisons undertaken by a regional metrology organization at several x- and γ-ray qualities are compared with those of BIPM international comparisons. The results are statistically coherent in most cases. (authors)

  18. Verification of traceability and backscattering in surface entrance air kerma measurements with detector type ionizing chamber

    Teixeira, G.J.; Peixoto, J.G.P., E-mail: guilherm@ird.gov.br [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    Measurements of doses in radiology services by ionizing chambers are easier than those made by TLD, however the protocols for measurements differ regarding the calibration. The objectives were to verify the traceability in the measures of ESAK corrected by the inverse square law, due to the difference in position between the source and IC and the influence of the backscattered radiation in bringing the detector to the table. Was defined a procedure practiced by the radiological services and designed experimental arrangements for the same technique. Was noted that the approximation of the detector to the table generated a significant backscattered. (author)

  19. Paediatric entrance doses from exposure index in computed radiography

    Vano, E.; Martinez, D.; Fernandez, J. M.; Ordiales, J. M.; Prieto, C.; Floriano, A.; Ten, J. I.

    2008-06-01

    Over the last two years we have evaluated paediatric patient doses in projection radiography derived from exposure level (EL) in computed radiography (CR) in a large university hospital. Entrance surface air kerma (ESAK) for 3501 paediatric examinations was calculated from the EL, which is a dose index parameter related to the light emitted by the phosphor-stimulable plate, archived in the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) header of the images and automatically transferred to a database using custom-built dedicated software. Typical mean thicknesses for several age bands of paediatric patients was estimated to calculate ESAK from the EL values, using results of experimental measurements with phantoms for the typical x-ray beam qualities used in paediatric examinations. Mean/median ESAK values (in µGy) for the age bands of paediatrics. Presently, this method is the only practical approach to automatically extract parameters contained in the DICOM header, for the calculation of patient dose values for the CR modality.

  20. Air

    In recent years several regulations and standards for air quality and limits for air pollution were issued or are in preparation by the European Union, which have severe influence on the environmental monitoring and legislation in Austria. This chapter of the environmental control report of Austria gives an overview about the legal situation of air pollution control in the European Union and in specific the legal situation in Austria. It gives a comprehensive inventory of air pollution measurements for the whole area of Austria of total suspended particulates, ozone, volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, heavy metals, benzene, dioxin, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and eutrophication. For each of these pollutants the measured emission values throughout Austria are given in tables and geographical charts, the environmental impact is discussed, statistical data and time series of the emission sources are given and legal regulations and measures for an effective environmental pollution control are discussed. In particular the impact of fossil-fuel power plants on the air pollution is analyzed. (a.n.)

  1. Determination of mass attenuation coefficients, effective atomic and electron numbers, mean free paths and kermas for PbO, barite and some boron ores

    Un, A., E-mail: ademun25@yahoo.com [Agri Ibrahim Cecen University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics, 04100 Agri (Turkey); Sahin, Y. [Atatuerk University, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Physics, 25240 Erzurum (Turkey)

    2011-07-01

    The total mass attenuation coefficients, {mu}{sub m}, for PbO, barite, colemanite, tincal and ulexite were determined at 80.1, 302.9, 356.0, 661.7 and 1250.0 keV photon energies by using NaI (Tl) scintillation detector. Effective atomic number, Z{sub eff}, effective electron number, N{sub eff}, total atomic cross-section, {sigma}{sub t}, total electronic cross-section, {sigma}{sub e}, mean free path, mfp, and kerma relative to air were determined experimentally and theoretically. The theoretical mass attenuation coefficients were estimated using mixture rule. The calculated values were compared with the experimental values for all samples.

  2. Retrieval of structure functions of air temperature and refractive index from large eddy simulations of the atmospheric boundary layer

    Wilson, Chris; van Eijk, Alexander M.; Fedorovich, Evgeni

    2013-09-01

    A methodology is presented to infer the refractive-index structure function parameter and the structure parameters for temperature and humidity from numerical simulations of the turbulent atmospheric convective boundary layer (CBL). The method employs spatial and temporal averaging of multiple realizations of the CBL flow field reproduced by a large-eddy simulation (LES) of the atmosphere. The Cn2 values yielded by LES-based approach agree fairly well with Cn2 values predicted by the Monin-Obukhov similarity theory. In this respect, the Cn2 retrieval from the LES data is promising for evaluating the vertical profile of Cn2 throughout the entire CBL. Under the considered CBL conditions and for the selected optical wavelength of 0.55 μm the value of Cn2 was found to be dominated by the CT2 contribution in the first few hundred meters above the surface, whereas the CTq contribution became significant aloft.

  3. Ellipsometric study of molecular orientations of Thermomyces lanuginosus lipase at the air-water interface by simultaneous determination of refractive index and thickness.

    Muth, Marco; Schmid, Reiner P; Schnitzlein, Klaus

    2016-04-01

    Ellipsometric studies of very thin organic films suffer from the low refractive index contrast between layer and bulk substrate. We demonstrate that null ellipsometry can not only provide detailed information about the adsorption kinetics and surface excess values, but in addition on layer thicknesses with submonolayer resolution of a lipase from Thermomyces lanuginosus at the air-water interface. While measuring very close to the Brewster angle, refractive indices and layer-thicknesses can both be determined with a precision that is sufficiently high to make conclusions on the density and orientation of the molecules at the interface. The orientation was found to be concentration- and pH value-dependent. At the isoelectric point, the lipase was almost vertically oriented with respect to the surface, while for pure distilled water and low lipase concentration a rather horizontal alignment was found. Further experiments, varying the size of the interfacial area in a Langmuir trough, confirm the different layer structures. PMID:26735895

  4. High NDVI and Potential Canopy Photosynthesis of South American Subtropical Forests despite Seasonal Changes in Leaf Area Index and Air Temperature

    Piedad M. Cristiano

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The canopy photosynthesis and carbon balance of the subtropical forests are not well studied compared to temperate and tropical forest ecosystems. The main objective of this study was to assess the seasonal dynamics of Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI and potential canopy photosynthesis in relation to seasonal changes in leaf area index (LAI, chlorophyll concentration, and air temperatures of NE Argentina subtropical forests throughout the year. We included in the analysis several tree plantations (Pinus, Eucalyptus and Araucaria species that are known to have high productivity. Field studies in native forests and tree plantations were conducted; stem growth rates, LAI and leaf chlorophyll concentration were measured. MODIS satellite-derived LAI (1 km SIN Grid and NDVI (250m SIN Grid from February 2000 to 2012 were used as a proxy of seasonal dynamics of potential photosynthetic activity at the stand level. The remote sensing LAI of the subtropical forests decreased every year from 6 to 5 during the cold season, similar to field LAI measurements, when temperatures were 10 °C lower than during the summer. The yearly maximum NDVI values were observed during a few months in autumn and spring (March through May and November, respectively because high and low air temperatures may have a small detrimental effect on photosynthetic activity during both the warm and the cold seasons. Leaf chlorophyll concentration was higher during the cold season than the warm season which may have a compensatory effect on the seasonal variation of the NDVI values. The NDVI of the subtropical forest stands remained high and fairly constant throughout the year (the intra-annual coefficient of variation was 1.9%, and were comparable to the values of high-yield tree plantations. These results suggest that the humid subtropical forests in NE Argentina potentially could maintain high canopy photosynthetic activity throughout the year and thus this ecosystem may be a large carbon sink.

  5. A Distributed Air Index Based on Maximum Boundary Rectangle over Grid-Cells for Wireless Non-Flat Spatial Data Broadcast

    Seokjin Im

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In the pervasive computing environment using smart devices equipped with various sensors, a wireless data broadcasting system for spatial data items is a natural way to efficiently provide a location dependent information service, regardless of the number of clients. A non-flat wireless broadcast system can support the clients in accessing quickly their preferred data items by disseminating the preferred data items more frequently than regular data on the wireless channel. To efficiently support the processing of spatial window queries in a non-flat wireless data broadcasting system, we propose a distributed air index based on a maximum boundary rectangle (MaxBR over grid-cells (abbreviated DAIM, which uses MaxBRs for filtering out hot data items on the wireless channel. Unlike the existing index that repeats regular data items in close proximity to hot items at same frequency as hot data items in a broadcast cycle, DAIM makes it possible to repeat only hot data items in a cycle and reduces the length of the broadcast cycle. Consequently, DAIM helps the clients access the desired items quickly, improves the access time, and reduces energy consumption. In addition, a MaxBR helps the clients decide whether they have to access regular data items or not. Simulation studies show the proposed DAIM outperforms existing schemes with respect to the access time and energy consumption.

  6. Relationship between maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index, gestational weight gain and childhood fatness at 6-7 years by air displacement plethysmography.

    Castillo, Helen; Santos, In S; Matijasevich, Alicia

    2015-10-01

    This study aims to investigate the effect of maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and gestational weight gain (GWG) on offspring body composition. In this prospective cohort study, offspring body composition at 6 years of age was obtained through air displacement plethysmography. Linear regression was used to obtain crude and adjusted coefficients. Information regarding offspring body composition and maternal pre-pregnancy BMI was available for 3156 children and on offspring body composition and GWG for 3129 children. There was a direct association of maternal pre-pregnancy BMI and GWG with offspring's fat mass (FM), fat-free mass (FFM), fat mass index (FMI), fat-free mass index (FFMI) and body fat percent (BF%) in crude and adjusted analyses. After adjustment for co-variables, for each kg?m(-2) of maternal pre-pregnancy BMI increase, there was a mean increment of 0.13?kg in the offspring FFM, 0.06?kg?m(-2) in FFMI, 0.11?kg in FM, 0.07?kg?m(-2) in FMI and 0.18% in BF%. For each kilogram of maternal GWG increase, there was a mean increment of 0.08?kg in offspring's FM, 0.05?kg?m(-2) in FMI, 0.04?kg in FFM, 0.01?kg?m(-2) in FFMI and 0.18 % in BF%. Mothers with a higher pre-pregnancy BMI or GWG tend to have children with greater adiposity at age 6 years. Fetal overnutrition is more likely among mothers with greater BMI during pregnancy; as a consequence, it can accelerate the childhood obesity epidemic. PMID:25850519

  7. Air pollution reduction with respect to the conversion of biomass into electricity and heat. Emission and cost indexes

    Although biomass conversion is considered to be a CO2-free method of producing electricity and heat other emissions have to be taken into account: SO2, NOx, HCl, HF, Hg, Cd, dusts, etc. The aim of the study on the title subject is to support the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Planning and Environment (VROM) in the determination of feasible emission standards for bioconversion installations. The Centre for Energy conservation and clean technology (CE) compiled information on the costs for flue gas purification for different degrees of purification. Because of the fact that the composition of flue gases strongly depends on the biomass flow and the applied conversion technique, both biomass flows and conversion techniques must be distinguished. The following biomass conversion techniques were studied: large-scale combustion of wood wastes and sludges, large-scale gasification of wood wastes, cocombustion of wood wastes and sludges, small-scale combustion of wood wastes and chicken manure, small-scale gasification of wood wastes, and fermentation of wastes from vegetables, fruits and gardens. For each combination it is determined what the emissions are in case of a minimal flue gas purification, what the emissions are and how much additional costs are involved in case the regulations in the BLA (decree on air pollution of waste incineration) are taken into account, and what the emissions are and how much additional costs are involved for a number of levels in between the two fore-mentioned cases. refs

  8. Scattering study at free air ionization chamber diaphragm

    The maim of this work consisted in the assessment of the correction factor for air kerma, due to scattered radiation in the diaphragm of the free-air ionization chamber model 481. LNMRl measurements were made to acquire x-ray spectra corresponding to the Qualities RQR-M, described in IEC 61627 standards (2005). These spectra were used as input data in the MC simulations. The operational range of energy spectra provide up to 35 keV. This energy range is typically used in diagnostic radiology, although there is not primary standard for air kerma. The determination of this factor is a fundamental process in the primary standardization of the air kerma. These factors were obtained by computer simulation using the Penelope code. The results are kRQR-M1=0,9946, kRQR-M2=0,9932, kRQR-M3=0,9978 and kRQR-M4=0,9885; with uncertainties of 0,007 and coverage factor equal to 2. lt can be concluded that, with respect to the diaphragm, the chamber can be used in the primary standard of air kerma. (author)

  9. Importance of the neutrons kerma coefficient in the planning of Brachytherapy treatments with Cf-252 sources

    The Cf-252 is a fast neutrons emitting radioisotope by spontaneous fission that can be used as sealed source in medicine applications, industry and research. Commercially its offer sources of different sizes, compact and with a fast neutrons emission of the order of 106 n/s-μg and an energy spectra that presents respectively maxim and average energy in 2.1 MeV and 0.7 MeV. In medicine new applications are being developed for the treatment of patient with hypoxic and voluminous tumors, where the therapy with photons has not given positive results, as well as for the protocols of therapy treatment by boron neutron capture, where very small sources of Cf-252 will be used with the interstitial brachytherapy technique of high and low dose rate. In this work an analysis of how the small differences that exist in the elementary composition of 4 wicked tumors, 4 ICRU healthy tissues and 3 substitute materials of ICRU tissue used in dosimetry are presented, its generate changes in the neutrons kerma coefficient in function of the energy and consequently in the absorbed dose in the interval of 11 eV to 29 MeV. These differences can produce maximum variations of the neutron kerma coefficients ratio for En > 1 keV of the one: 15% tumor/ICRU guest healthy tissue, 12% ICRU tumor/muscle, 12% ICRU healthy tissues ICRU/ICRU muscle, 22% substitutes tissue/tumor and 22% ICRU substitutes tissue/muscle. Also, it was found that the average value of the neutrons kerma coefficient for the 4 wicked tumors is from 6% to 7% smaller that the average value for the soft tissue in the interval energy of interest for therapy with fast neutrons with En > 1 MeV. These results have a special importance during the planning process of brachytherapy treatments with sources of 252Cf, to optimize and to individualize the patients treatments. (Author)

  10. W/sub n/ and neutron kerma for methane-based tissue-equivalent gas

    The principal dosimeter used to determine the absorbed dose of neutrons employed in radiobiology and radiotherapy is the homogeneous tissue-equivalent (TE) ionization chamber. A methane-based TE gas mixture is most commonly used in the chamber cavity. This instrument is used to measure the charge liberated in the gas by the secondary charged particles set in motion by the neutrons. Conversion of this charge to absorbed dose requires knowledge of W/sub n/, the mean energy expended to form an ion pair in the gas by the initial spectra of secondary particles produced by the neutrons. The computation of W/sub n/ requires that secondary charged particle spectra calculated from neutron interaction cross sections and energetics be employed for each neutron energy used, as is done in this report. The computation of W/sub n/ also requires that experimental data on W for each type of secondary charged particle be available. Revision puts them in sufficient agreement with the other data that they are here given equal weight in the evaluations of W. Further, this report discusses the relative kermas contributed by the various types of charged particles. By combining computed charged particle spectra with the evaluations of W, the number of ion pairs produced in the gas by each type of charged particle is derived, from which W/sub n/ is computed as the quotient of the total kerma by the total number of ion pairs

  11. HUMAN USE INDEX (FUTURE)

    Human land uses may have major impacts on ecosystems, affecting biodiversity, habitat, air and water quality. The human use index (also known as U-index) is the percentage of human land use in an area, including agriculture, urban and suburban development, and mining. Low values ...

  12. HUMAN USE INDEX

    Human land uses may have major impacts on ecosystems, affecting biodiversity, habitat, air and water quality. The human use index (also known as U-index) is the percentage of human land use in an area, including agriculture, urban and suburban development, and mining. Low values ...

  13. 2014 Environmental Performance Index (EPI)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration The 2014 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks 178 countries on 20 performance indicators in the following 9 policy categories: health impacts, air quality,...

  14. Humidity coefficient correction in the calculation equations of air refractive index by He-Ne laser based on phase step interferometry.

    Chen, Qianghua; Liu, Jinghai; He, Yongxi; Luo, Huifu; Luo, Jun; Wang, Feng

    2015-02-10

    The refractive index of air (RIA) is an important parameter in precision measurement. The revisions to Edlen's equations by Boensch and Potulski [Metrologia 35, 133 (1998)] are mostly used to calculate the RIA at present. Since the humidity correction coefficients in the formulas were performed with four wavelengths of a Cd(114) lamp (644.0, 508.7, 480.1, and 467.9 nm) and at the temperature range of 19.6C-20.1C, the application is restricted when an He-Ne laser is used as the light source, which is mostly applied in optical precision measurement, and the environmental temperature is far away from 20C as well. To solve this problem, a measurement system based on phase step interferometry for measuring the effect of the humidity to the RIA is presented, and a corresponding humidity correction equation is derived. The analysis and comparison results show that the uncertainty of the presented equation is better than that of Boensch and Potulski's. It is more suitable in present precision measurements by He-Ne laser, and the application temperature range extends to 14.6C-24.0C as well. PMID:25968028

  15. Fully-automated estimation of actual to potential evapotranspiration in the Everglades using Landsat and air temperature data as inputs to the Vegetation Index-Temperature Trapezoid method

    Yagci, A. L.; Jones, J. W.

    2014-12-01

    While the greater Everglades contains a vast wetland, evapotranspiration (ET) is a major source of water "loss" from the system. Like other ecosystems, the Everglades is vulnerable to drought. Everglades restoration science and resource management requires information on the spatial and temporal distribution of ET. We developed a fully-automated ET model using the Vegetation Index-Temperature Trapezoid concept. The model was tested and evaluated against in-situ ET observations collected at the Shark River Slough Mangrove Forest eddy-covariance tower in Everglades National Park (Sitename / FLUXNET ID: Florida Everglades Shark River Slough Mangrove Forest / US-Skr). It uses Landsat Surface Reflectance Climate Data from Landsat 5, and Landsat 5 thermal and air temperature data from the Daily Gridded Surface Dataset to output the ratio of actual evapotranspiration (AET) and potential evapotranspiration (PET). When multiplied with a PET estimate, this output can be used to estimate ET at high spatial resolution. Furthermore, it can be used to downscale coarse resolution ET and PET products. Two example outputs covering the agricultural lands north of the major Everglades wetlands extracted from two different dates are shown below along with a National Land Cover Database image from 2011. The irrigated and non-irrigated farms are easily distinguishable from the background (i.e., natural land covers). Open water retained the highest AET/PET ratio. Wetlands had a higher AET/PET ratio than farmlands. The main challenge in this study area is prolonged cloudiness during the growing season.

  16. Tissue kerma vs distance relationships for initial nuclear radiation from the atomic devices detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Initial nuclear radiation is comprised of prompt neutrons and prompt primary gammas from an exploding nuclear device, prompt secondary gammas produced by neutron interactions in the environment, and delayed neutrons and delayed fission-product gammas from the fireball formed after the nuclear device explodes. These various components must all be considered in establishing tissue kerma vs distance relationships which describe the decrease of initial nuclear radiation with distance in Hiroshima and in Nagasaki. The tissue kerma at ground evel from delayed fission-product gammas and delayed neutrons was investigated using the NUIDEA code developed by Science Applications, Inc. This code incorporates very detailed models which can take into account such features as the rise of the fireball, the rapid radioactive decay of fission products in it, and the perturbation of the atmosphere by the explosion. Tissue kerma vs distance relationships obtained by summing results of these current state-of-the-art calculations will be discussed. Our results clearly show that the prompt secondary gammas and delayed fission-product gammas are the dominant components of total tissue kerma from initial nuclear radiation in the cases of the atomic (or pure-fission) devices detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki

  17. Neutron spectra and neutron kerma derived from activation and fission detector measurements in a d + T neutron therapy beam

    Neutron spectra at different positions in a phantom have been derived from activation foil and fission counter measurements for the collimated beam of the Amsterdam d + T fast-neutron therapy facility. The spectra show that the fraction of lower-energy neutrons increases with increasing depth in the phantom as well as with increasing distance from the central axis of the beam. Calculation of the ratios of kerma values in tissue and tissue-equivalent (TE) plastic and of Wsub(N) values for the spectra at five positions in the phantom, showed that the variations in these quantities are less than 0.5%. Kerma values have been derived from the neutron spectra and from the fission counter measurements separately. These neutron kerma values were compared with the neutron absorbed dose values derived from combined TE ionisation chamber and GM counter measurements. The dose values have been obtained applying recommendations given in the European protocol for neutron dosimetry for external beam therapy. At 50 mm and 100 mm depth along the central axis of the beam in the phantom, the agreement between the three methods was within 2%. In the penumbra region a maximum difference of about 7% has been observed between the three methods. The contribution from thermal neutrons to the total kerma is less than 1% in the beam as well as in the penumbra. (author)

  18. 40 CFR 58.50 - Index reporting.

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 5 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Index reporting. 58.50 Section 58.50 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) AIR PROGRAMS (CONTINUED) AMBIENT AIR QUALITY SURVEILLANCE Air Quality Index Reporting § 58.50 Index reporting. (a) The State or...

  19. Verification of KERMA factor for beryllium at neutron energy of 14 MeV base on charged-particle measurement

    KERMA (Kinetic Energy Release in Materials) factors are essential data for calculation of nuclear heating, which is caused by recoiling nucleus or secondary emitted charged-particles via nuclear reactions. They are deduced from evaluated nuclear data libraries and are used in fusion nuclear design. Previously direct measurements of nuclear heating for various materials induced with DT neutrons were conducted at the Fusion Neutronics Source (FNS) facility in JAERI. It was pointed out that measured heating for beryllium disagreed with calculated ones with KERMA. The calculated heating value with JENDL-3.2 underestimated the measured one by 25 %. Reasons of the discrepancy have not been understood clearly. Recently we measured the alpha-particle emission cross-section for beryllium with DTneutron incidence. From the measurement, it was found that JENDL-3.3 underestimated cross-section of high energy alpha-particle emission at forward angles, while JEFF-3.1 showed rather well agreement. This result suggested the evaluation of 9Be(n,2n+2α) reaction in JENDL had some problems and offered a possibility of underestimation of the KERMA factor of beryllium. In order to estimate the KERMA factor, we proposed a model of the 9Be(n,2n+2α) reaction according to our experimental results. Then, a new KERMA factor was calculated by the direct method based on our experimental model. It was also deduced from the latest nuclear data libraries, JENDL-3.3, ENDF/B-VI and JEFF-3.1 with NJOY99. The KERMA factor from JENDL underestimated our experiment-based one by 15 %, while the other ones rather agreed with ours. This result was consistent with the previous direct measurement of nuclear heating and a specific problem of the JENDL evaluation emerged. The superiority of the latest JEFF was demonstrated through the present comparison. This study would be a typical example that detailed measurements of differential crosssections for emitted charged-particles and investigation of a reaction model are useful for evaluation and verification of KERMA factors of light nuclei. (orig.)

  20. Evaluation of skin entry kerma in radiological examinations at the Hospital de Clinicas, Parana, Brazil

    This paper evaluates the skin entry dose of pediatric and adults patients when submitted to radiological examinations at the Hospital de Clinicas do Parana, Brazil, as part integrate of the data assessment of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for Latin America. It was performed measurements of dose for evaluation of skin entry kerma in pediatric patients in thorax AP/PA examinations, adults of thorax in AP/PA, cranio caudal mammography and median lateral and patients of computerized tomography in examination of head, thorax and abdomen. The obtained data demonstrate the necessity of verification of diagnostic analysis standards. The great value amplitudes demonstrate the incompatibility of examination executions with those recommended by the literature. The dose values presented partially inside the range recommended and the other over the expected for the due examination when compared with the literature

  1. Evaluation of Kerma rate in the skin entrance in interventional procedures guided by fluoroscopy

    Interventional therapeutic procedures guided by fluoroscopy are responsible for delayed exposure to radiation of professionals and patients. The technology employed on generation of the pulsed fluoroscopy can be an important tool of protection used for reducing the exposure time. It generates constant width and varied frequency pulse or width pulse or varied frequency for a constant frequency. The typical doses into the skin and its relationship with the quality of the images in the various technical and operational conditions should be known by the professionals so that they can optimize them. Generated radiation doses were evaluated using the Toshiba Infinitix equipment used in invasive cardiology procedures and electrophysiological studies through the Kerma rate at the entrance of the patient's skin measured throughout the year of 2004. With these information shall be set out the criteria for the decision of the technical-operational conditions that allow minimizing of dose

  2. Effective atomic number, electron density and kerma of gamma radiation for oxides of lanthanides

    R S Niranjan; B Rudraswamy; N Dhananjaya

    2012-03-01

    An attempt has been made to estimate the effective atomic number, electron density (0.001 to 105 MeV) and kerma (0.001 to 20 MeV) of gamma radiation for a wide range of oxides of lanthanides using mass attenuation coefficient from WinXCom and mass energy absorption coefficient from Hubbell and Seltzer. The values of these parameters have been found to change with energy for different oxides of lanthanides. The lanthanide oxides find remarkable applications in the field of medicine, biology, nuclear engineering and space technology. Nano-oxides of lanthanide find applications in display and lighting industry.

  3. Results of comparative measurements of neutron tissue kerma and photon dose by emergency dosemeters

    The comparative study of the characteristics of the DINA dosemeter and silicon dosemeter, as well as the IKS-A thermoluminescent dosemeter and the GO-32 photoluminescent dosemeter is performed. The measurements were carried out at the BR-10, RF-GS, BR-1-21, BR-1-22 and IBR-30 reactos as well as at accelerators generating 14-16 MeV neutrons. The data obtained have shown that the measurement error for neutron tissue kerma using the DINA dosemeter can exceed 50%, for the silicon dosemeter it is considerably lower and equal to 18%. The GO-32 dosemeter used for measuring the photon radiation dose has the sensitivity to neutrons of 0.02-0.05 radiation dose has the sensitivity to neutrons of 0.02-0.05

  4. Development of an Aggregate Air Quality Index Using a PCA-Based Method: A Case Study of the US Transportation Sector

    Jaesung Choi; Yong Shin Park; Ju Dong Park

    2015-01-01

    For the past couple of decades, the transportation sector has made efforts to preserve and improve air quality for public health and sustainable growth between current and future generations. An easily understandable tool to measure the level of air pollution in the transportation sector by considering multiple air pollutants together might raise awareness about clean air to the public, practitioners, state policy planners, and the government. For this reason, this study develops an aggregate...

  5. Hydrocarbons and Air Pollution: An Annotated Bibliography. Part I., Categories A to E and Part II., Categories F to M and Indexes.

    National Air Pollution Control Administration (DHEW), Raleigh, NC.

    This two-part bibliography represents an effort to collect, condense, and organize the literature on the hydrocarbons in relation to air pollution. The approximately 2,300 documents abstracted are all included in the information storage and retrieval system of the National Air Pollution Control Administration's (NAPCA) Air Pollution Technical…

  6. The tree BVOC index

    Urban trees can produce a number of benefits, among them improved air quality. Biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) emitted by some species are ozone precursors. Modifying future tree planting to favor lower-emitting species can reduce these emissions and aid air management districts in meeting federally mandated emissions reductions for these compounds. Changes in BVOC emissions are calculated as the result of transitioning to a lower-emitting species mix in future planting. A simplified method for calculating the emissions reduction and a Tree BVOC index based on the calculated reduction is described. An example illustrates the use of the index as a tool for implementation and monitoring of a tree program designed to reduce BVOC emissions as a control measure being developed as part of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Sacramento Federal Nonattainment Area. - Highlights: → A Tree BVOC index based on reduced emissions from low emitting trees is described. → An example illustrates use of the index as an implementation and monitoring tool. → This index could be useful for including urban trees in air quality mitigation plans. - A tree BVOC index is presented that calculates reduced BVOC emissions from planting lower-emitting urban tree species that has potential application for SIP compliance.

  7. Indexing books

    Mulvany, Nancy C

    2009-01-01

    Since 1994, Nancy Mulvany's Indexing Books has been the gold standard for thousands of professional indexers, editors, and authors. This long-awaited second edition, expanded and completely updated, will be equally revered.Like its predecessor, this edition of Indexing Books offers comprehensive, reliable treatment of indexing principles and practices relevant to authors and indexers alike. In addition to practical advice, the book presents a big-picture perspective on the nature and purpose of indexes and their role in published works. New to this edition are discus

  8. Patient Specific Kerma Area Product as an Exposure Estimator in Computed Tomography: The Concept and Typical Values

    Monitoring of exposure levels in computed tomography is important from the radiation safety point of view. In this paper, the concept suggested by Huda of using the patient specific kerma area product as an exposure estimator is extended by providing both a rigorous definition of this quantity and a method for its evaluation. The method was demonstrated on an axial scan of the standard CT dosimetry head phantom taken with a Siemens Somatom Open CT scanner. The resulting patient specific kerma area product was 0.25 Gy cm2 for the X ray tube voltage of 120 kV, tube current of 100 mA, scanning time of 1 s, and beam width at the isocentre of 1.2 cm. To implement this method, the CT scanner must be equipped with a KAP meter, and the calculation procedure must be added to the scanner's software. Alternatively, the patient specific kerma area product can be calculated by the CT scanner without using a KAP meter. In this case, however, the extra safety feature provided by the direct monitoring of the X ray beam by the KAP meter is lost. (author)

  9. W/sub n/ and neutron kerma for methane-based tissue-equilvalent gas

    Homogeneous tissue-equivalent ionization chambers containing a methane-based gas mixture are widely used to determine the absorbed dose of neutrons employed in radiobiology and radiotherapy. Conversion of the measured ionization charge to the absorbed dose requires knowledge of W/sub n, the mean energy expended to form an ion pair in the gas by the initial spectra of secondary charged particles produced by the neutrons. This report discusses the computed charged particle spectra in the gas and the relative kermas contributed by the various types of charged particles. These spectra are combined with an evaluation of the available experimental data on W for the secondary particles to compute W/sub n/ as a function of neutron energy. Over the energy range of 0.1 to 20 MeV, W/sub n/ was found to vary from 32.8 to 31.0 eV, respectively, including sharp changes in W/sub n/ due to large resonances in the energy transferred to carbon and oxygen. It is recommended that the data presented be used to evaluate W/sub n/ for each neutron spectrum for which accurate dosimetry is required. A single value of 31.9 +- 0.9 eV is recommended for less demanding applications or when neutron spectra are poorly known

  10. Education Index

    Saisana, Michaela

    2014-01-01

    The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Education Index is published in the context of the Human Development Report (HDR), and it is one of the three components of the Human Development Index (HDI). The new Education Index (since the 2010 HDR) is calculated as the simple geometric average of two indicators: mean years of schooling and the expected years of schooling (UNDP, 2010, 2011). Past versions of the Education Index differed from the current one in all three key issues: indica...

  11. Index transforms

    Iakubovich, Semen B

    1996-01-01

    This book deals with the theory and some applications of integral transforms that involve integration with respect to an index or parameter of a special function of hypergeometric type as the kernel (index transforms). The basic index transforms are considered, such as the Kontorovich-Lebedev transform, the Mehler-Fock transform, the Olevskii Transform and the Lebedev-Skalskaya transforms. The L p theory of index transforms is discussed, and new index transforms and convolution constructions are demonstrated. For the first time, the essentially multidimensional Kontorovich-Lebedev transform is

  12. Scattering study at free air ionization chamber diaphragm; Estudo do espalhamento no diafragma da camara de ionizacao de ar livre

    Santos, Alexandre Lo Bianco dos

    2011-07-01

    The maim of this work consisted in the assessment of the correction factor for air kerma, due to scattered radiation in the diaphragm of the free-air ionization chamber model 481. LNMRl measurements were made to acquire x-ray spectra corresponding to the Qualities RQR-M, described in IEC 61627 standards (2005). These spectra were used as input data in the MC simulations. The operational range of energy spectra provide up to 35 keV. This energy range is typically used in diagnostic radiology, although there is not primary standard for air kerma. The determination of this factor is a fundamental process in the primary standardization of the air kerma. These factors were obtained by computer simulation using the Penelope code. The results are k{sub RQR-M1}=0,9946, k{sub RQR} {sub -M2}=0,9932, k{sub RQR-M3}=0,9978 and k{sub RQR-M4}=0,9885; with uncertainties of 0,007 and coverage factor equal to 2. lt can be concluded that, with respect to the diaphragm, the chamber can be used in the primary standard of air kerma. (author)

  13. Transmission measurements in air using the ESTRO mini-phantom

    The aim of this work is to study the possibility of using the ESTRO mini-phantom for transmission measurements of primary kerma in water at a point free in air. We discuss in-air measurements in general, with special attention given to in-air equivalent measurements using a water-equivalent mini-phantom. The study includes four different photon energies (4, 6, 10 and 18 MV), where scoring of dose and primary kerma inside a mini-phantom in narrow beam geometry is performed with the Monte Carlo code EGS4. The results reveal that relative measurements (i.e. with and without a water absorber present) at 10 cm depth in a mini-phantom do not represent the variation of primary kerma in water at a point free in air (deviations as large as 7% at 4 MV are observed). Minimum deviations are obtained at depths somewhat larger than the depth of dose maximum. The observed deviations are due to a considerable beam hardening in the water absorber, which changes the amount of attenuation and scatter inside the mini-phantom. (author)

  14. 2014 Environmental Performance Index (EPI)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The 2014 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks 178 countries on 20 performance indicators in the following 9 policy categories: health impacts, air quality,...

  15. Index Numbers

    Diewert, Erwin

    2007-01-01

    Index numbers are used to aggregate detailed information on prices and quantities into scalar measures of price and quantity levels or their growth. The paper reviews four main approaches to bilateral index number theory where two price and quantity vectors are to be aggregated: fixed basket and average of fixed baskets, stochastic, test or axiomatic and economic approaches. The paper also considers multilateral index number theory where it is necessary to construct price and quantity aggrega...

  16. Afghanistan Index

    Linnet, Poul Martin

    2007-01-01

    information on progress or lack of progress in the reconstruction of the post Taliban Afghanistan. The index is mainly based on information collected on the internet in order to provide quick access to the original source. The index is under development and thus new information will be added on a continuous...

  17. AP Index

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Planetary Amplitude index - Bartels 1951. The a-index ranges from 0 to 400 and represents a K-value converted to a linear scale in gammas (nanoTeslas)--a scale that...

  18. Air temperature thresholds to evaluate snow melting at the surface of Alpine glaciers by T-index models: the case study of Forni Glacier (Italy)

    A. Senese; Maugeri, M.; E. Vuillermoz; Smiraglia, C.; G. Diolaiuti

    2014-01-01

    The glacier melt conditions (i.e.: null surface temperature and positive energy budget) can be assessed by analyzing meteorological and energy data acquired by a supraglacial Automatic Weather Station (AWS). In the case this latter is not present the assessment of actual melting conditions and the evaluation of the melt amount is difficult and simple methods based on T-index (or degree days) models are generally applied. These models require the choice of a correct temperatu...

  19. PTRAC file utilization for calculation of free-air ionization chamber correction factors by MCNPX

    A free-air ionization chamber is used as a standard of photon air-kerma. Several correction factors are applied to the air-kerma value. Correction factors for electron loss: k(loss) and for additional ionization current caused by photon scatter: k(sc), photon fluorescence: k(fl), photon transmission through diaphragm edge k(dtr), and photon scatter from the surface of the diaphragm aperture k(dsc) were determined by the MCNPX code utilizing information stored in Particle Track (PTRAC) output files. Individual steps of the procedure are described and the calculated values of the correction factors are presented. The values are in agreement with the correction factors published in the literature for similar free-air chambers and low-energy photons. (authors)

  20. Calibration methodology application of kerma area product meters in situ: Preliminary results

    The kerma-area product (KAP) is a useful quantity to establish the reference levels of conventional X-ray examinations. It can be obtained by measurements carried out with a KAP meter on a plane parallel transmission ionization chamber mounted on the X-ray system. A KAP meter can be calibrated in laboratory or in situ, where it is used. It is important to use one reference KAP meter in order to obtain reliable quantity of doses on the patient. The Patient Dose Calibrator (PDC) is a new equipment from Radcal that measures KAP. It was manufactured following the IEC 60580 recommendations, an international standard for KAP meters. This study had the aim to calibrate KAP meters using the PDC in situ. Previous studies and the quality control program of the PDC have shown that it has good function in characterization tests of dosimeters with ionization chamber and it also has low energy dependence. Three types of KAP meters were calibrated in four different diagnostic X-ray equipments. The voltages used in the two first calibrations were 50 kV, 70 kV, 100 kV and 120 kV. The other two used 50 kV, 70 kV and 90 kV. This was related to the equipments limitations. The field sizes used for the calibration were 10 cm, 20 cm and 30 cm. The calibrations were done in three different cities with the purpose to analyze the reproducibility of the PDC. The results gave the calibration coefficient for each KAP meter and showed that the PDC can be used as a reference instrument to calibrate clinical KAP meters. - Highlights: • The Patient Dose Calibrator (PDC) is a new equipment from Radcal that measures KAP. • This study aimed the calibration of KAP meters in situ using the PDC as a reference. • The method used for the calibration of the KAP meters was the tandem method. • This instrument calculates the dose that the patient receives during an X-ray examination. • The calibration procedure is important to correct the measurements performed with KAP meters

  1. DS02 fluence spectra for neutrons and gamma rays at Hiroshima and Nagasaki with fluence-to-kerma coefficients and transmission factors for sample measurements.

    Egbert, Stephen D; Kerr, George D; Cullings, Harry M

    2007-11-01

    Fluence spectra at several ground distances in Hiroshima and Nagasaki are provided along with associated fluence-to-kerma coefficients from the Dosimetry System 2002 (DS02). Also included are transmission factors for calculating expected responses of in situ sample measurements of neutron activation products such as (32)P,(36)Cl,(39)Ar,(41)Ca, (60)Co,(63)Ni,(152)Eu, and (154)Eu. The free-in-air (FIA) fluences calculated in 2002 are available for 240 angles, 69 energy groups, 101 ground distances, 5 heights, 4 radiation source components, 2 cities. The DS02 code uses these fluences partitioned to a prompt and delayed portion, collapsed to 58 energy groups and restricted to 97 ground distances. This is because the fluence spectra were required to be in the same format that was used in the older Dosimetry System 1986 (DS86) computer code, of which the DS02 computer code is a modification. The 2002 calculation fluences and the collapsed DS02 code fluences are presented and briefly discussed. A report on DS02, which is available on the website at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation, provides tables and figures of the A-bomb neutron and gamma-ray output used as the sources in the 2002 radiation transport calculations. While figures illustrating the fluence spectra at several ground ranges are presented in the DS02 Report, it does not include any tables of the calculated fluence spectra in the DS02 report. This paper provides, at several standard distances from the hypocenter, the numerical information which is required to translate the FIA neutron fluences given in DS02 to a neutron activation measurement or neutron and gamma-ray soft-tissue dose. PMID:17643260

  2. Experimental partial and total kerma coefficients for carbon deduced from microscopic cross sections at incident neutron energies below 75 MeV

    The double-differential cross sections for proton, deuteron, triton and alpha particle production in fast neutron induced reactions on carbon have been measured at several neutron energies from 25 to 75 MeV in the angular range from 20 deg. to 160 deg. Experimental energy-differential, angle-differential and total cross sections are deduced, and consequently the partial and total kerma coefficients. The obtained experimental partial kerma coefficients are extrapolated down to the threshold energy of each measured reaction channel. Results on the experimental double-differential, energy-differential and total cross sections are briefly presented. The deduced partial and total kerma coefficients of the present work are compared with previous measurements and theoretical predictions. (author)

  3. Detection and estimation trends linked to air quality and mortality on French Riviera over the 1990-2005 period to develop a prediction model of an aggregate risk index

    Sicard, P.; Mangin, A.; Hebel, P.; Lesne, O.; Malléa, P.

    2009-04-01

    There is a profound relation between human health and well being from the one side and air pollution levels from the other. Air quality in South of France and more specifically in Nice, is known to be bad, especially in summer. The main objectives are to establish correlations between air pollution, exposure of people and reactivity of these people to this aggression, to validate a risk index built from air quality and pollen data in the area of Nice and to construct a prediction model of this sanitary index. The spatial extent of the experiment will be mainly the territory of "Alpes Maritimes". All the tasks are performed in collaboration with the "Heath-Environment Network" of the "Centre Hospitalier Universitaire" of Nice. The development of an adequate tool for observation (health index and/or indices per pathology) to understand impacts of pollution levels in an area is of utmost importance. These indexes should take into account the possible adverse effects associated with the coexistence of all the pollutants and environmental parameters. This tool must be able to inform the citizens about the levels of pollution in an adequate and understandable way but also to be used by relevant authorities to take a series of predetermined measures to protect the health of the population. This paper describes the first step to construct a prediction model of this sanitary index with a confidence interval 99% (and 95%): detection and estimation trends observed in concentrations of pollutants, emissions and mortality over the 1990-2005 period in the "Alpes Maritimes" area. The non-parametric Mann-Kendall test has been developed for detecting and estimating monotonic trends in the time series and applied in our study at annual values of pollutants air concentrations. An important objective of many environmental monitoring programs is to detect changes or trends in pollution levels over time. Over the period 1990-2005, concerning the emissions of the main pollutants, we obtained significant decreasing trends. Between 1994 and 2005, from the SO2 concentrations, decreasing trends of 1.2 %.year-1 (urban stations) and of 5.4 %.year-1 (traffic stations) were calculated. Over the same period, we obtained a decreasing trend of 1.3 %.year-1 for the NO2 concentrations (urban stations) and of 3.1 %.year-1 for the traffic stations. In addition, a decreasing trend of 0.5 %.year-1 was calculated for the suburban stations over the 1998-2005 period. Globally, the concentration of the major pollutants showed a clear downward trend and those main reductions have reflected the reduction policy of the emissions over twenty years. By considering the ozone mean values in urban areas over the 1997-2005 period, an increasing of 3.0 %.year-1 was obtained with annual averages and 3.9 %.year-1 with median values. Over the 1990-2005 period, we obtained significant decreasing trends concerning the "ischemic heart diseases" (- 1.20 %.year-1) and "asthma" (- 4.03 %.year-1) categories. No significant sex-related difference was identified for these groups. An annual change rate of + 0.31 %.year-1 for the "airway diseases" and of + 2.50%.year-1 for the "unknown causes" were identified. For these categories, we noted a sex-related difference. In fact, we obtained for males a decreasing trend contrary to females.

  4. GCUBE INDEXING

    M.Laxmaiah

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Spatial Online Analytical Processing System involves the non-categorical attribute information also whereas standard online analytical processing system deals with only categorical attributes. Providing spatial information to the data warehouse (DW; two major challenges faced are; 1.Defining and Aggregation of Spatial or Continues values and 2.Representation, indexing, updating and efficient query processing. In this paper, we present GCUBE (Geographical Cube storage and indexing procedure to aggregate the spatial information/Continuous values. We employed the proposed approach storing and indexing using synthetic and real data sets and evaluated its build, update and Query time. It is observed that the proposed procedure offers significant performance advantage.

  5. AA Index

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The geomagnetic aa index provides a long climatology of global geomagnetic activity using 2 antipodal observatories at Greenwich and Melbourne- IAGA Bulletin 37,...

  6. Intelligent indexing

    In this paper we discuss the relevance of artificial intelligence to the automatic indexing of natural language text. We describe the use of domain-specific semantically-based thesauruses and address the problem of creating adequate knowledge bases for intelligent indexing systems. We also discuss the relevance of the Hilbert space ι2 to the compact representation of documents and to the definition of the similarity of natural language texts. (author). 17 refs., 2 figs

  7. Louisiana ESI: INDEX (Index Polygons)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This data set contains vector polygons representing the boundaries of all the hardcopy cartographic products produced as part of the Environmental Sensitivity Index...

  8. Importance of the neutrons kerma coefficient in the planning of Brachytherapy treatments with Cf-252 sources; Importancia del coeficiente de kerma de neutrones en la planeacion de tratamientos de Braquiterapia con fuentes de Cf-252

    Paredes G, L.; Balcazar G, M. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyocac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Azorin N, J. [Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, 09000 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Francois L, J.L. [UNAM, 04500 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)]. e-mail: lpg@nuclear.inin.mx

    2006-07-01

    The Cf-252 is a fast neutrons emitting radioisotope by spontaneous fission that can be used as sealed source in medicine applications, industry and research. Commercially its offer sources of different sizes, compact and with a fast neutrons emission of the order of 10{sup 6} n/s-{mu}g and an energy spectra that presents respectively maxim and average energy in 2.1 MeV and 0.7 MeV. In medicine new applications are being developed for the treatment of patient with hypoxic and voluminous tumors, where the therapy with photons has not given positive results, as well as for the protocols of therapy treatment by boron neutron capture, where very small sources of Cf-252 will be used with the interstitial brachytherapy technique of high and low dose rate. In this work an analysis of how the small differences that exist in the elementary composition of 4 wicked tumors, 4 ICRU healthy tissues and 3 substitute materials of ICRU tissue used in dosimetry are presented, its generate changes in the neutrons kerma coefficient in function of the energy and consequently in the absorbed dose in the interval of 11 eV to 29 MeV. These differences can produce maximum variations of the neutron kerma coefficients ratio for E{sub n} > 1 keV of the one: 15% tumor/ICRU guest healthy tissue, 12% ICRU tumor/muscle, 12% ICRU healthy tissues ICRU/ICRU muscle, 22% substitutes tissue/tumor and 22% ICRU substitutes tissue/muscle. Also, it was found that the average value of the neutrons kerma coefficient for the 4 wicked tumors is from 6% to 7% smaller that the average value for the soft tissue in the interval energy of interest for therapy with fast neutrons with E{sub n} > 1 MeV. These results have a special importance during the planning process of brachytherapy treatments with sources of {sup 252}Cf, to optimize and to individualize the patients treatments. (Author)

  9. Rib index.

    Grivas, Theodoros B

    2014-01-01

    This article analyzes the double rib contour sign (DRCS) and the rib index (RI). The analyzed topics are 1. the history of presentations - publication of DRCS-RI, 2. the study source origin: school screening for idiopathic scoliosis (IS), 3. what the DRCS and the RI are- Description, 4. the quantification of the DRCS - RI, 5. a reliability study for RI 6. how much the rib index is affected by the distance between the radiation source and the irradiated individual, 7. the implications on IS aetiology, 8. the applications of Rib index for a. documentation of the deformity, b. assessment of physiotherapy, c. assessment of brace treatment and d. pre- and post-operative assessment; assessment of the rib-cage deformity correction on the transverse plane, 9. the use of RI and implications for screening policies 10. the reference of the RI method in spinal textbooks and finally 11. the citations in Google Scholar. PMID:25635184

  10. Rib index

    Grivas, Theodoros B

    2014-01-01

    This article analyzes the double rib contour sign (DRCS) and the rib index (RI). The analyzed topics are 1. the history of presentations – publication of DRCS-RI, 2. the study source origin: school screening for idiopathic scoliosis (IS), 3. what the DRCS and the RI are– Description, 4. the quantification of the DRCS – RI, 5. a reliability study for RI 6. how much the rib index is affected by the distance between the radiation source and the irradiated individual, 7. the implications on IS ae...

  11. GCUBE Indexing

    M.Laxmaiah

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Spatial Online Analytical Processing System involves the non-categorical attribute information alsowhereas standard online analytical processing system deals with only categorical attributes. Providingspatial information to the data warehouse (DW; twomajor challenges faced are; 1.Defining andAggregation of Spatial or Continues values and 2.Representation, indexing, updating and efficient queryprocessing. In this paper, we present GCUBE (Geographical Cube storage and indexing procedure toaggregate the spatial information/Continuous values. We employed the proposed approach storing andindexing using synthetic and real data sets and evaluated its build, update and Query time. It is observedthat the proposed procedure offers significant performance advantage.

  12. Influence of ion chamber response on in-air profile measurements in megavoltage photon beams

    This article presents an investigation of the influence of the ion chamber response, including buildup caps, on the measurement of in-air off-axis ratio (OAR) profiles in megavoltage photon beams using Monte Carlo simulations with the EGSnrc system. Two new techniques for the calculation of OAR profiles are presented. Results of the Monte Carlo simulations are compared to measurements performed in 6, 10 and 25 MV photon beams produced by an Elekta Precise linac and shown to agree within the experimental and simulation uncertainties. Comparisons with calculated in-air kerma profiles demonstrate that using a plastic mini phantom gives more accurate air-kerma measurements than using high-Z material buildup caps and that the variation of chamber response with distance from the central axis must be taken into account

  13. Evaluation of skin entry kerma in radiological examinations at the Hospital de Clinicas, Parana, Brazil; Avaliacao de kerma de entrada na pele em exames radiologicos no Hospital de Clinicas do Parana, Brasil

    Porto, Lorena E.; Schelin, Hugo R.; Santos, Amanda C. dos; Bunick, Ana Paula; Paschuk, Sergei; Denyak, Valeriy [Universidade Tecnologica Federal do Parana (UTFPR), Curitiba, PR (Brazil); Tilly Junior, Joao G. [Universidade Federal do Parana (UFPR), Curitiba, PR (Brazil). Hospital de Clinicas; Khoury, Helen J., E-mail: khoury@ufpe.b [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE/DEN), Recife, PE (Brazil). Dept. de Energia Nuclear

    2011-10-26

    This paper evaluates the skin entry dose of pediatric and adults patients when submitted to radiological examinations at the Hospital de Clinicas do Parana, Brazil, as part integrate of the data assessment of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for Latin America. It was performed measurements of dose for evaluation of skin entry kerma in pediatric patients in thorax AP/PA examinations, adults of thorax in AP/PA, cranio caudal mammography and median lateral and patients of computerized tomography in examination of head, thorax and abdomen. The obtained data demonstrate the necessity of verification of diagnostic analysis standards. The great value amplitudes demonstrate the incompatibility of examination executions with those recommended by the literature. The dose values presented partially inside the range recommended and the other over the expected for the due examination when compared with the literature

  14. Effect of indoor air pollution during cooking on peak expiratory flow rate and its association with exposure index in rural women.

    Sukhsohale, Neelam D; Narlawar, Uday W; Phatak, Mrunal S; Agrawal, Sanjay B; Ughade, Suresh N

    2013-01-01

    Routine exposure to domestic cooking fuels is an important source of indoor air pollution causing deterioration of lung function. We conducted a community based cross-sectional study in 760 non-smoking rural women involved in household cooking with four types of cooking fuels i.e. Biomass, Kerosene stove, Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Mixed (combination of two and more cooking fuels). Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PEFR) less than 80% of the predicted was considered as abnormal PEFR. The overall prevalence of abnormal PEFR was found to be 29.1% with greater predominance among biomass fuel users (43.3%) with high risk ratio (1.86) as compared to kerosene (0.63), LPG (0.75) and mixed (0.66) fuel users. However the pair wise comparison of different groups of cooking fuels by Marascuilo procedure reported significant differences within different groups except kerosene--mixed group. The study also demonstrated a negative correlation between observed PEFR and exposure indices in different cooking fuels (r = -0.51). Our results indicate that prolonged exposure to cooking fuels particularly biomass fuels as a source of cooking adversely affects PEFR in nonsmoking rural women. PMID:24617169

  15. Characterization of a free-air ionization chamber in direct X-ray beams as used in mammography

    At this work stability and characterization tests were undertaken on a Victoreen free-air ionization chamber, model 481. The tests were realized using direct X-ray beams as a contribution for its establishment as a primary standard system of the quantity air kerma. The characterization tests were: saturation curve, ion collection efficiency, polarity effect, response linearity with the air kerma rate and response linearity with the chamber volume variation. The ion collection efficiency allowed the determination of the ion recombination factor. Most of the test results showed agreement with the limits established by international standards. Furthermore, the air attenuation factors for the mammography beams with aluminum and molybdenum filters were obtained. The factors for photon transmission and scattering at the diaphragm edges were also determined for mammography beams with aluminum filter and for the standard beam with molybdenum filter. (author)

  16. Determination of mass attenuation coefficients, effective atomic numbers, effective electron numbers and kermas for Earth and Martian soils

    Highlights: ? The present work have been expected to be lead to extraterrestrial research. ? Our work have thrown light on the radiation physics and the applications. ? The data which are used to shielding application are not available in the literature. - Abstract: Total mass attenuation coefficients, effective atomic numbers, effective electron numbers and kerma values for Earth and Martian soils are calculated in the energy range from 1 keV to 100 GeV. The values of mass attenuation and absorption coefficients used in calculations are taken from the WinXCOM program and correct data base. Contributions of different scatterings on the total mass attenuation coefficients of the soils are presented. In addition, the obtained results for Martian soils are compared with the results for Earth soils. The similarities of Earth and Martian soils are also investigated.

  17. Study of effective atomic numbers and electron densities, kerma of alcohols, phantom and human organs, and tissues substitutes

    Singh Vishwanath P.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Effective atomic numbers (ZPIeff and electron densities of eighteen alcohols such as wood alcohol, CH3OH; grain alcohol, C2H5OH; rubbing alcohol, C3H7OH; butanol, C4H9OH; amyl alcohol, C5H11OH; cetyl alcohol, C16H33OH; ethylene glycol, C2H4(OH2; glycerin, C3H5(OH3; PVA, C2H4O; erythritol, C4H6(OH4; xylitol, C5H7(OH5; sorbitol, C6H8(OH6; volemitol, C7H9(OH7; allyl alcohol, C3H5OH; geraniol, C10H17OH; propargyl alcohol, C3H3OH; inositol, C6H6(OH6, and menthol, C10H19OH have been calculated in the photon energy region of 1 keV-100 GeV. The estimated values have been compared with experimental values wherever possible. The comparison of ZPIeff of the alcohols with water phantom and PMMA phantom indicate that the ethylene glycol, glycerin, and PVA are substitute for PMMA phantom and PVA is substitute of water phantom. ZPIeff of alcohols have also been compared with human organs and tissues. Ethylene glycol, glycerin and PVA, allyl alcohol, and wood alcohols are found tissue substitutes for most of human organs. Kerma which is the product of the energy fluence and mass energy-absorption coefficient, have been calculated in the energy region from 1 keV to 20 MeV for the alcohols. The results show the kerma is more or less independent of energy above 100 keV.

  18. Calculation of the backscattering in water and compared to the values in air; Calculo del factor de retrodispersion en agua y comparativa con los valores en aire

    Minano Herrero, J. A.; Sarasa Rubio, A.; Roldan Arjona, J. M.

    2011-07-01

    The purpose of this paper is to calculate values of BSF in water and comparison with data on air 11SF found in the literature. For this simulations have been performed by the Monte Carlo method for calculating values ??kerma water in the presence of a manikin of this material and in the absence thereof. The simulations were performed for monoenergetic beams in order to facilitate the calculation of the BSF for any spectral distribution of those found in the field of radiology.

  19. What is the explanation for the changes to cobalt-60 tissue - air ratios in BJR Supplement 25?

    Values of tissue - air ratio (TAR) in the recent British Journal of radiology (BJR) Supplement 25 have been increased by nearly 2% over the values which have been accepted for the past 30 years. The need for this was shown by analysis of previous data using scaling laws, together with Monte Carlo calculations and careful re-measurement. However, it was not clear why previous determinations of TAR were in error: it was not, as some workers argued, because scattered radiation had been included in the absorbed dose in the miniphantom, because TAR data in BJR Supplement 17 had been derived from peak scatter factor (PSF), which is not based on the miniphantom concept. The purpose of this paper is to find the real explanation of why the PSF and, therefore, TAR were underestimated for so long. Two definitions of PSF are considered: one based on kerma and one based on dose. This paper relates PSF of either definition to measurements of air kerma by including in the derivation the scatter in the plug which replaces the chamber when it has been removed from the surface of the water phantom. The kerma-based PSF is found to be 2% higher than the simple ratio of chamber readings in phantom and in air. The value of the dose-based definition agrees with that of the Kerma-based definition to within 0.2%. It is the scatter in the replacement plug in the surface of the water phantom which was effectively ignored by previous workers, and which explains the underestimates of around 2% in PSF nd TAR. The value of the dose-based PSF differs slightly from that of the Kerma-based PSF because of the different distributions of primary and scatter photon fluence. (author)

  20. Doses monitoring in radiology: calibration of air kerma-area product (P{sub KA}) meters; Monitoracao de doses em radiologia: a calibracao de medidores do produto kerma-area (P{sub KA})

    Terini, Ricardo Andrade; Campelo, Maria Carolina de Santana; Almeida Junior, Jose Neres de, E-mail: rterini@pucsp.br [Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo (PUC-SP), SP (Brazil); Herdade, Silvio Bruni; Pereira, Marco Aurelio Guedes [Universidade de Sao Paulo (IEE/USP), SP (Brazil). Instituto de Energia e Ambiente

    2013-11-15

    Materials and methods: different qualities of both incident and transmitted beams were utilized in conditions similar to a clinical setting, analyzing the influence from the reference dosimeter, from the distance between meters, from the filtration and from the average beam energy. Calibrations were performed directly against a standard 30 cm{sup 3} cylindrical chamber or a parallel-plate monitor chamber, and indirectly against the PDC meter. Results: the lowest energy dependence was observed for transmitted beams. The cross calibration between the Diamentor E2 and the PDC meters, and the PDC presented the greatest propagation of uncertainties. Conclusion: the calibration coefficient of the PDC meter showed to be more stable with voltage, while the Diamentor E2 calibration coefficient was more variable. On the other hand, the PDC meter presented greater uncertainty in readings (5.0%) than with the use of the monitor chamber (3.5%) as a reference. (author)

  1. Variacion temporal de ndices de precipitaciones extremas en el centro de la provincia de Buenos Aires / Temporal variation of extreme precipitations indexes in the centre of Buenos Aires province

    Mnica, Gelmi; Rafael, Seoane.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de esta investigacin consiste en estudiar la evolucin temporal de precipitaciones diarias para detectar la presencia de tendencias y la frecuencia de eventos extremos. Las series de precipitaciones observadas corresponden a cuatro estaciones meteorolgicas ubicadas en el centro de la P [...] rovincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Los cambios en las precipitaciones extremas a nivel diario se evalan con los ndices propuestos por la World Meteorological Organization-Commission for Climatology (WMO-CCL) y el World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) - Climate Variability and Predictability. Para estudiar los posibles cambios en la relacin perodo de retorno - precipitaciones mximas se aplicaron a las series dos funciones de densidad de probabilidades, la Generalizada de Valores Extremos y la Gamma de dos parmetros. Los resultados estimados con las dos funciones de densidad de probabilidades de la precipitacin mxima, generalmente muestran un incremento de la precipitacin asociado a la misma probabilidad de ocurrencia en el perodo 1971-1999 respecto a 1951-1970. Los eventos de precipitacin que produjeron crecidas, ocurridos en Olavarra y Azul desde la dcada del 80 son una clara indicacin del inters del estudio de este tema tanto por sus implicancias sociales asociadas con las inundaciones, como por la necesidad de actualizar las estimaciones de los parmetros de diseo de obras hidrulicas. Los valores de los ndices estimados indican la existencia de una tendencia positiva en la precipitacin en la mayora de las estaciones meteorolgicas y una mayor frecuencia de ocurrencia de valores extremos para el periodo 1971-1999 en relacin al periodo 1951-1970. Abstract in english The objective of this research is to study the temporal evolution of daily precipitation in order to detect the presence of trends and to estimate the frequency of extreme events. The observed precipitation series correspond to four meteorological stations located in the center of the Province of Bu [...] enos Aires, Argentina. Changes in daily extreme precipitation were assessed through the indices proposed by the World Meteorological Organization-Commission for Climatology (WMO-CCL) and the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) -Climate Variability and Predictability. In order to analyze possible changes in the return period - maximum precipitation relationship, two probability density functions were applied to the series, the Generalized Extreme Values and the two parameters Gamma. The obtained results show, in general, a higher probability of occurrence of greater precipitations over the period 1971-1999 respect of period 1951-1970. The rainfall events that caused floods in Olavarra and Azul since the '80s clearly show the interest of studying this subject, not only because of its social implications associated to floods, but the demand of developing techniques to update the estimation of design parameters of hydraulic works. The estimated indices suggest a positive trend in the precipitation at most of the analyzed meteorological stations and a higher frequency of occurrence of extreme values over the period 1971-1999 compared to the period 1951-1970.

  2. SU-E-I-53: Comparison of Kerma-Area-Product Between the Micro-Angiographic Fluoroscope (MAF) and a Flat Panel Detector (FPD) as Used in Neuro-Endovascular Procedures

    Purpose: To determine the reduction of integral dose to the patient when using the micro-angiographic fluoroscope (MAF) compared to when using the standard flat-panel detector (FPD) for the techniques used during neurointerventional procedures. Methods: The MAF is a small field-of-view, high resolution x-ray detector which captures 1024 x 1024 pixels with an effective pixel size of 35μm and is capable of real-time imaging up to 30 frames per second. The MAF was used in neuro-interventions during those parts of the procedure when high resolution was needed and the FPD was used otherwise. The technique parameters were recorded when each detector was used and the kerma-area-product (KAP) per image frame was determined. KAP values were calculated for seven neuro interventions using premeasured calibration files of output as a function of kVp and beam filtration and included the attenuation of the patient table for the frontal projections to be more representative of integral patient dose. The air kerma at the patient entrance was multiplied by the beam area at that point to obtain the KAP values. The ranges of KAP values per frame were determined for the range of technique parameters used during the clinical procedures. To appreciate the benefit of the higher MAF resolution in the region of interventional activity, DA technique parameters were generally used with the MAF. Results: The lowest and highest values of KAP per frame for the MAF in DA mode were 4 and 50 times lower, respectively, compared to those of the FPD in pulsed fluoroscopy mode. Conclusion: The MAF was used in those parts of the clinical procedures when high resolution and image quality was essential. The integral patient dose as represented by the KAP value was substantially lower when using the MAF than when using the FPD due to the much smaller volume of tissue irradiated. This research was supported in part by Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation and NIH Grant R01EB002873

  3. Evaluated cross section libraries and kerma factors for neutrons up to 100 MeV on 16O and 14N

    We present evaluations of the interaction of 20 to 100 MeV neutrons with oxygen and nitrogen nuclei, which follows on from our previous work on carbon. Our aim is to accurately represent integrated cross sections, inclusive emission spectra, and kerma factors, in a data library which can be used in radiation transport calculations. We apply the FKK-GNASH nuclear model code, which includes Hauser-Feshbach, preequilibrium, and direct reaction mechanisms, and use experimental measurements to optimize the calculations. We determine total, elastic, and nonelastic cross sections, angle-energy correlated emission spectra, for light ejectiles with A≤4 and gamma-rays, and average energy depositions. Our results for charged-particle emission spectra agree well with the measurements of Subramanian et al.. We compare kerma factors derived from our evaluated cross sections with experimental data, providing an integral benchmarking of our work. The evaluated data libraries are available as electronic files

  4. Calculation and evaluation of cross-sections and kerma factors for neutrons up to 100 MeV on {sup 16}O and {sup 14}N

    Chadwick, M.B. [California Univ., Livermor, CA (United States). Lawrence Livermore National Lab.; Young, P.G.

    1997-03-01

    We present evaluations of the interaction of neutrons with energies between 20 and 100 MeV with oxygen and nitrogen nuclei, which follows on from our previous work on carbon. Our aim is to accurately represent integrated cross sections, inclusive emission spectra, and kerma factors, in a data library which can be used in radiation transport calculations. We apply the FKK-GNASH nuclear model code, which includes Hauser-Feshbach, preequilibrium, and direct reaction mechanisms, and use experimental measurements to optimize the calculations. We determine total, elastic, and nonelastic cross sections, angle-energy correlated emission spectra for light ejectiles with A {<=} 4 and gamma-rays, and average energy depositions. Our results for charged-particle emission spectra agree well with the measurements of Subramanian et al. We compare kerma factors derived from our evaluated cross sections with experimental data, providing an integral benchmarking of our work. (author). 52 refs.

  5. Evaluated cross section libraries and kerma factors for neutrons up to 100 MeV on 40Ca and 31P

    The authors present evaluations of the interaction of 20 to 100 MeV neutrons with calcium and phosphorus, which follows on from the previous work on carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen. The aim is to accurately represent integrated cross sections, inclusive emission spectra, and kerma factors, in a data library which can be used in radiation transport calculations. They apply the GNASH nuclear model code, which includes Hauser-Feshbach, preequilibrium, and direct reaction mechanisms, and use experimental measurements to optimize the calculations. Total, elastic, and nonelastic cross sections, angle-energy correlated emission spectra for light ejectiles with A ? 4 and gamma-rays, and average energy depositions, are determined. The expected accuracy of the calculated cross sections and kerma factors is discussed

  6. Application of low cost GaAs LED as neutron kerma dosimeter and fluence monitor at FLASH

    Displacement damage caused by fast neutrons in unbiased Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) Light Emitting Diodes (LED) resulted in a reduction of the light output. On the other hand, a similar type of LED irradiated with gamma rays from a 60Co source up to a dose level in excess of 1.0 kGy (1.0 x 105 rad) was found to show no significant drop of the light emission. This phenomenon was used to develop a low cost passive fluence monitor and kerma dosemeter for accelerator-produced neutrons. These LED-dosemeters were used to assess the integrated fluence of photoneutrons, which were contaminated with a strong bremsstrahlung gamma-background generated by the 730 MeV superconducting electron linac of the FLASH (Free Electron Laser at Hamburg) at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY). The applications of GaAs LED as a routine neutron fluence monitor and displacement damage precursor for the electronic components located in high-energy accelerator environment are highlighted. (orig.)

  7. Validated deep-penetration, air-over-ground, neutron/gamma-ray transport

    The results of a program are reported whose objective has been to establish the reliability and accuracy of tissue kerma estimates near the ground, out to deep penetration ranges, from a point neutron source in an air-over-ground geometry. The results take the form of expected error in calculated neutron and secondary gamma-ray kerma out to 2-km range for any neutron source height and energy spectrum. In the first of two approaches, experimental data permitting absolute evaluation in one dimension is used in conjunction with an evaluated calculational procedure for two dimensions to obtain overall error estimates. In the second approach, errors obtained from comparisons of measurement and calculation in air-over-ground geometry are evaluated to obtain overall error estimates. When the results of these two approaches are averaged, it can be concluded with confidence that kerma to 2 km will probably be calculated to be 10 to 15% lower than measured values for neutrons and 20 to 25% lower for gamma rays when this cross-section set and recommended calculational procedure or equivalents are used

  8. SU-E-I-52: Effect of Various X-Ray Beam Qualities On the Exposure Index

    Purpose: The exposure index (EI) proposed by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 62494-1 is expected to be utilized as a standard dose index by every manufacturer. The IEC recommended the usage of RQA5 for the EI. However, X-ray beam qualities, particularly in clinical practices, vary depending on the examination objects and exposure conditions, including usage of anti-scatter grids. We investigated the effects of the X-ray beam qualities other than RQA5 on the EI. Methods: The Xray beam qualities of RQA3, 5, 7, and 9 in IEC 61267 Ed. 1.0 were adopted in a computed radiography system. A uniform exposure without objects was performed to measure the exposure indicators (S values) and air kerma (K). The relational equations between the S values and K were derived for the determination of the EI values. The EI values for RQA3, 7, and 9 were compared to those for RQA5 at the fixed S values of 100, 200, 400, and 600. Finally, the half-value layers (HVLs) using four grids (ratio 6:1, 8:1, 10:1, and 12:1) for the RQA5 X-ray were compared to those with RQA3–9. Results: The EI values for RQA3, 7, and 9 were up to 35.3%, 11.8%, and 38.7% higher, respectively, than that for RQA5 at the S value of 600. The HVLs without grids and with various grids for RQA5 were 6.85 mm Al. and in the range of 6.94–7.29 mm Al. (ΔHVL: up to 0.44 mm Al.), respectively. This variation in the HVLs with grids was smaller than that observed for RQA3–9 (ΔHVL: 2.0–7.5 mm Al.). Conclusion: Although the usage of grids may not greatly affect the EI, the X-ray beam quality for the determination of the EI cannot be ignored in the clinical evaluation of the dose index

  9. Evaluated cross-section libraries and kerma factors for neutrons up to 100 MeV on 12C

    A program is being carried out at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to develop high-energy evaluated nuclear data libraries for use in Monte Carlo simulations of cancer radiation therapy. In this report we describe evaluated cross sections and kerma factors for neutrons with incident energies up to 100 MeV on 12C. The aim of this effort is to incorporate advanced nuclear physics modeling methods, with new experimental measurements, to generate cross section libraries needed for an accurate simulation of dose deposition in fast neutron therapy. The evaluated libraries are based mainly on nuclear model calculations, benchmarked to experimental measurements where they exist. We use the GNASH code system, which includes Hauser-Feshbach, preequilibrium, and direct reaction mechanisms. The libraries tabulate elastic and nonelastic cross sections, angle-energy correlated production spectra for light ejectiles with A≤and kinetic energies given to light ejectiles and heavy recoil fragments. The major steps involved in this effort are: (1) development and validation of nuclear models for incident energies up to 100 MeV; (2) collation of experimental measurements, including new results from Louvain-la-Nueve and Los Alamos; (3) extension of the Livermore ENDL formats for representing high-energy data; (4) calculation and evaluation of nuclear data; and (5) validation of the libraries. We describe the evaluations in detail, with particular emphasis on our new high-energy modeling developments. Our evaluations agree well with experimental measurements of integrated and differential cross sections. We compare our results with the recent ENDF/B-VI evaluation which extends up to 32 MeV

  10. Estimation of entrance dose on chest radiographs according to the exposure index on Computerized Radiology System: preliminary results

    Digital radiology has improved image quality in radiographs in comparison to screen/film systems though the visual control of the quantity of radiation involved on these exams became more demanding due to the low perception of over and underexposed images. Therefore, this study aims to analyze the exposure index (EI) from chest examinations and relate them to the entrance skin dose. Indices from 29 patients and kerma entrance dose were correlated. A correlation coefficient equal to 0,6881 was calculated. EI and entrance dose are correlated positive and moderately, indicating the relevance to deepen the subject. (author)

  11. Characterization of a free-air ionization chamber in direct X-ray beams as used in mammography; Caracterizacao de uma camara de ionizacao de ar-livre em feixes diretos de raios X utilizados em mamografia

    Lima, Mateus Hilario de

    2014-08-01

    At this work stability and characterization tests were undertaken on a Victoreen free-air ionization chamber, model 481. The tests were realized using direct X-ray beams as a contribution for its establishment as a primary standard system of the quantity air kerma. The characterization tests were: saturation curve, ion collection efficiency, polarity effect, response linearity with the air kerma rate and response linearity with the chamber volume variation. The ion collection efficiency allowed the determination of the ion recombination factor. Most of the test results showed agreement with the limits established by international standards. Furthermore, the air attenuation factors for the mammography beams with aluminum and molybdenum filters were obtained. The factors for photon transmission and scattering at the diaphragm edges were also determined for mammography beams with aluminum filter and for the standard beam with molybdenum filter. (author)

  12. Estimating the Mean Annual Surface Air Temperature at Armagh Observatory, Northern Ireland, and the Global Land-Ocean Temperature Index for Sunspot Cycle 24, the Current Ongoing Sunspot Cycle

    Wilson, Robert M.

    2013-01-01

    As noted by Gray et al., Sir William Herschel was the first to suggest a possible close connection between the Sun and the Earth’s climate. The Sun, being the source of energy that impacts and drives the Earth’s climate system, displays a variety of changes over both short and long term time scales, the most obvious examples being the somewhat regular waxing and waning of sunspots with time (i.e., the sunspot cycle (SC)), first described by Samuel Heinrich Schwabe, a German apothecary and amateur astronomer who observed the Sun from Dessau, Germany, and the now well established variation of the Sun’s irradiance over the SC. Other factors related to the SC have been linked to changes in climate as well. Some of these other factors include the role of cosmic rays and the solar wind (i.e., the geomagnetic cycle) on climate, as well as the apparent close association between trends in global and northern hemispheric temperature and the length of the SC, although some investigators have described the inferred association between climate and, in particular, SC length as now being weak. More recently, Solheim et al. have reported on the relation between SC length and the average temperature in the same and immediately following SC for a number of meteorological stations in Norway and in the North Atlantic region. They noted that while they found no significant trend (correlation) between SC length and the average temperature when measured for the same cycle, in contrast, they found a significant negative trend when SC length was compared with the following cycle’s average temperature. From this observation, they suggested that average northern hemispheric temperature during the present ongoing SC (SC24) will be lower by about 0.9 °C than was seen in SC23 (spanning 1996–2007, based on yearly averages of sunspot number (SSN), and onset for SC24 occurring in 2008). The purpose of this Technical Publication (TP) is to examine the annual variations of the Armagh surface air temperature (ASAT) and the Global Land-Ocean Temperature Index (GLOTI) in relation to SSN and the SC in order to determine their likely values during SC24. Hence, it may provide insight as to whether solar forcing of global temperature is now lessening as a contributor to global warming, thereby indicating a possible cooling in the near term immediate future that potentially could ameliorate the effect of increased anthropogenic warming.

  13. EJSCREEN Indexes 2015 Public

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — There is an EJ Index for each environmental indicator. There are eight EJ Indexes in EJSCREEN reflecting the 8 environmental indicators. The EJ Index names are:...

  14. EJSCREEN Indexes 2015 Internal

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — There is an EJ Index for each environmental indicator. There are 12 EJ Indexes in EJSCREEN reflecting the 12 environmental indicators. The EJ Index names are:...

  15. Why Indexing Works

    Heaton, J. B.; Polson, N. G.; de Witte, J. H.

    2015-01-01

    We develop a simple stock selection model to explain why active equity managers tend to underperform a benchmark index. We motivate our model with the empirical observation that the best performing stocks in a broad market index perform much better than the other stocks in the index. While randomly selecting a subset of securities from the index increases the chance of outperforming the index, it also increases the chance of underperforming the index, with the frequency of underperformance be...

  16. Preliminary results on characterization tests of a free-air chamber

    Lima, Mateus H. de; Caldas, Linda V.E., E-mail: mhlima@ipen.br, E-mail: lcaldas@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    Free-air chambers are widely used in radiation metrology laboratories as primary standards for air kerma in the range of low and medium x-ray energies. There are two types of free-air ionization chambers: the parallel-plate type and the cylindrical type. The first one is used as primary standard at laboratories as the NIST, BIPM and NPL. The cylindrical type, on the other hand, is used in the standard calibration laboratories of Germany, Italy and Taiwan. In 1961, Attix proposed a design of a cylindrical free-air ionization chamber with a variable length presenting some advantages over the fixed-length design. The Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN) has a Victoreen chamber, model 481, based on this design for x-ray energies up 50 keV. The objective of this study is to investigate the possibility of using this chamber as a primary standard of air kerma in the Calibration Laboratory of IPEN. In this work are presented the preliminary results of the characterization tests of the free-air ionization chamber: leakage current, stability of response, saturation curve, collection efficiency, response linearity and response linearity with the cylinder displacement. (author)

  17. Are exposure index values consistent in clinical practice? A multi-manufacturer investigation

    The advent of digital radiography poses the risk of unnoticed increases in patient dose. Manufacturers have responded to this by offering an exposure index (EI) value to the clinician. Whilst the EI value is a measure of the air kerma at the detector surface, it has been recommended by international agencies as a method of monitoring radiation dose to the patient. Recent studies by the group have shown that EI values are being used in clinical practice to monitor radiation dose and assess image quality. This study aims to compare the clinical consistency of the EI value in computed radiography (CR) and direct digital radiography (DR) systems. An anthropomorphic phantom was used to simulate four common radiographic examinations: skull, pelvis, chest and hand. These examinations were chosen as they provide contrasting exposure parameters, image detail and radiation dose measurements. Four manufacturers were used for comparison: Agfa Gaevert CR, Carestream CR, Philips Digital Diagnost DR and Siemens DR. For each examination, the phantom was placed in the optimal position and exposure parameters were chosen in accordance with European guidelines and clinical practice. Multiple exposures were taken and the EI recorded. All exposure parameters and clinical conditions remained constant throughout. For both DR systems, the EI values remained consistent throughout. No significant change was noted in any examination. In both CR systems, there were noteworthy fluctuations in the EI values for all examinations. The largest for the Agfa system was a variation of 1.88-2.21 for the skull examination. This represents to the clinician a doubling of detector dose, despite all exposure parameters remaining constant. In the Kodak system, the largest fluctuation was seen for the chest examination where the EI ranged from 2560 to 2660, representing approximately an increase of 30% in radiation dose, despite consistent parameters. The fluctuations seen with the CR systems are most likely due to image processing delay, replacing of the imaging plate and calibration factors. Fluctuations in EI values may result in confusion to the clinician and unnecessary repeat examinations. The reliability of EI values as a feedback mechanism for CR is also questionable. (authors)

  18. Photon and neutron fluence-to-kerma conversion factors for ICRP-1975 reference man using improved elemental compositions for bone and marrow of the skeleton

    A twelve-element approximation of the total-body, soft-tissue and skeletal components of ICRP-1975 Reference Man is used to investigate particle fluence-to-kerma conversion factors for photons with energies between 1 keV and 20 MeV and neutrons with energies between 0.0253 eV and 20 MeV. Several recent ICRP revisions to the elemental composition of Reference Man, which have not been included in other kerma-factor calculations, are taken into account. This work suggests some additional revisions to the major-element content (i.e., H, C, N, and O) and to the mineral and trace-element content (i.e., Na, Mg, P, S, Cl, K, Ca, and Fe) of various total-body, soft-tissue, and skeletal components of Reference Man. The revisions to the bone and red marrow of the skeleton offer significant new refinements in red-bone-marrow dosimetry

  19. Evaluation of cross sections and calculation of kerma factors for neutrons up to 80 MeV on {sup 12}C

    Harada, M.; Watanabe, Y. [Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan); Chiba, S.; Fukahori, T.

    1997-03-01

    We have evaluated the cross sections for neutrons with incident energies from 20 to 80 MeV on {sup 12}C for the JENDL high-energy file. The total cross sections were determined by a generalized least-squares method with available experimental data. The cross sections of elastic and inelastic scattering to the first 2{sup +} were evaluated with the theoretical calculations. The optical potentials necessary for these calculations were derived using a microscopic approach by Jeukenne-Lejeune-Mahaux. For the evaluation of double differential emission cross sections (DDXs), we have developed a code system SCINFUL/DDX in which total 35 reactions including the 3-body simultaneous breakup process (n+{sup 12}C {yields} n+{alpha}+{sup 8}Be) can be taken into consideration in terms of a Monte Carlo method, and have calculated the DDXs of all light-emissions (A{<=}4) and heavier reaction products. The results for protons, deuterons, and alphas showed overall good agreement with experimental data. The code is also applicable for calculations of total and partial kerma factors. Total kerma factors calculated for energies from 20 to 80 MeV were compared with the measurements and the other latest evaluations from the viewpoints of medical application and nuclear heating estimation. (author)

  20. Human occupations and environmental changes in the Nile valley during the Holocene: The case of Kerma in Upper Nubia (northern Sudan)

    Honegger, Matthieu; Williams, Martin

    2015-12-01

    Our article presents a detailed Holocene archaeological sequence from the Nile Valley at Kerma in Upper Nubia, northern Sudan. This sequence retraces the evolution of human populations thanks to the study of several sites, supported by 90 14C dates. Reconstruction of the environmental changes was supported by a study of dated stratigraphic sections located near the archaeological sites studied, and illustrates the effects on human occupation of changes in river flow and floods, which are in turn forced by climatic changes. The results shed new light on the evolutionary dynamics of the Holocene populations in Nile Valley, little known due to the numerous hiatuses in occupation. When compared with the situation in the Sahara and the rest of the Nile Valley, they confirm that the initial occupation took place ca. 10.5 kyr BP after the start of the African Humid Period, followed by a migration towards the banks of the Nile commencing 7.3 kyr BP. They also confirm the appearance of the Neolithic by ca. 8.0 kyr BP. The Kerma stratigraphic sequences show two prosperous periods (10-8 and 7-6 kyr BP) and two hiatuses in the occupation of the sites (7.5-7.1 and 6.0-5.4 kyr BP), resulting from increased aridity.

  1. Lobby index in networks

    Korn, A; Telcs, A

    2008-01-01

    We propose a new node centrality measure in networks, the lobby index, which is inspired by Hirsch's h-index. It is shown that in scale free networks the l-index has power tail with exponent square of the exponent of the degree distribution one. Properties of the l-index and extensions are discussed.

  2. Lobby index in networks

    Korn, A.; Schubert, A.; Telcs, A.

    2009-06-01

    We propose a new node centrality measure in networks, the lobby index, which is inspired by Hirsch’s h-index. It is shown that in scale-free networks with exponent α the distribution of the l-index has power tail with exponent α(α+1). Properties of the l-index and extensions are discussed.

  3. What the Index Medicus indexes, and why.

    Truelson, S D

    1966-10-01

    The main criterion for selecting journals for indexing in Index Medicus, and thereby largely in MEDLARS, is quality. Subject scope varies with the voiced needs of the biomedical community. The Index aims to cover the best journals in all relevant subject fields, but the percentage of journals on a subject indexed depends on the quality of each journal. Country and language coverage depends on quality, even in the case of the best journals of each, although American biases may affect such selection. While a number of guidelines exist for identifying quality journals, information necessary to apply them confidently is often difficult to obtain. The National Library of Medicine is advised by an Ad Hoc Panel on the Selection of Journals for Index Medicus, composed both of NLM officers and extramural members. Criticism has been voiced that too many titles are indexed, compared with titles actually used, but no meaningful statistics of use exist which can identify titles which should be excluded from indexing. Continuing suggestions from users regarding titles indexed would benefit everyone. PMID:5922258

  4. 174 Reduction in Allergic Rhinitis Index by Decreasing Aero-Allergens and Malodor Causing Volatile Organic Compounds by Luna Air Purifiers Using Photo-Catalytic Oxidation (PCO) Technology

    Ghosh, Nabarun; Aguaiza, Cristina; Guzman, Alicia; Chudasama, Jay; Bennert, Jeff; Das, A. B.

    2012-01-01

    Background The quality of the environment within buildings is a topic of major importance for public health. Breathing pure and clean air allows us to think more clearly, sleep more soundly, and stay healthier. Studies show that we receive 56% of our energy from the air we breathe, more than from water and food combined. On average we breathe 37 pounds of air a day. It has been established that the use of negative ions in a purification system is an effective means of eradicating aeroallergen...

  5. Determination of the air attenuation and electronic loss for the free air concentric cylinders ionization chamber

    Along the latest years, the LNMRI has been proceeding a continuous research work with a concentric cylinders type free air ionizing chamber (VICTOREEN, model 481), aiming to establish it as a new national standard, and, as a consequence, replace the worldwide accepted secondary standard, calibrated by PTB. Taking into account that the absolute determination of kerma in air with a free air ionizing chamber implies the acquirement of a number of correction factors. The main objective of the present work comprises the determination of the two factors, specifically, electronic loss (ke) and air attenuation (ka). The correction factors were obtained through mammography qualities reference spectrum, using Monte Carlo simulation method. The Penelope code was used in the simulation procedures. Simulations took place in two stages, the acquirement of specters related to the qualities of interest (mammography) with the x ray tube (Pantak, model HF160 e Panalytical, model XRF window), and the free-air ionization chamber. The data were compared to those related to the BIPM chamber, to electronic loss were not detected. The comparison between air attenuation factors was obtained data bellow 0.13%. (author)

  6. Conception and realization of a parallel-plate free-air ionization chamber for the absolute dosimetry of an ultrasoft X-ray beam

    We report the design of a millimeter-sized parallel plate free-air ionization chamber (IC) aimed at determining the absolute air kerma rate of an ultra-soft X-ray beam (E = 1.5 keV). The size of the IC was determined so that the measurement volume satisfies the condition of charged-particle equilibrium. The correction factors necessary to properly measure the absolute kerma using the IC have been established. Particular attention was given to the determination of the effective mean energy for the 1.5 keV photons using the PENELOPE code. Other correction factors were determined by means of computer simulation (COMSOL™and FLUKA). Measurements of air kerma rates under specific operating parameters of the lab-bench X-ray source have been performed at various distances from that source and compared to Monte Carlo calculations. We show that the developed ionization chamber makes it possible to determine accurate photon fluence rates in routine work and will constitute substantial time-savings for future radiobiological experiments based on the use of ultra-soft X-rays

  7. Conception and realization of a parallel-plate free-air ionization chamber for the absolute dosimetry of an ultrasoft X-ray beam

    Groetz, J.-E., E-mail: jegroetz@univ-fcomte.fr; Mavon, C.; Fromm, M. [Laboratoire Chrono-Environnement, UMR CNRS 6249, Universit de Franche-Comt, 16 route de Gray, 25030 Besanon Cedex (France); Ounoughi, N. [Laboratoire Chrono-Environnement, UMR CNRS 6249, Universit de Franche-Comt, 16 route de Gray, 25030 Besanon Cedex (France); Laboratoire de Physique des Rayonnements et Applications, Universit de Jijel, B.P. 98 Ouled Aissa, Jijel 18000 (Algeria); Belafrites, A. [Laboratoire de Physique des Rayonnements et Applications, Universit de Jijel, B.P. 98 Ouled Aissa, Jijel 18000 (Algeria)

    2014-08-15

    We report the design of a millimeter-sized parallel plate free-air ionization chamber (IC) aimed at determining the absolute air kerma rate of an ultra-soft X-ray beam (E = 1.5 keV). The size of the IC was determined so that the measurement volume satisfies the condition of charged-particle equilibrium. The correction factors necessary to properly measure the absolute kerma using the IC have been established. Particular attention was given to the determination of the effective mean energy for the 1.5 keV photons using the PENELOPE code. Other correction factors were determined by means of computer simulation (COMSOLand FLUKA). Measurements of air kerma rates under specific operating parameters of the lab-bench X-ray source have been performed at various distances from that source and compared to Monte Carlo calculations. We show that the developed ionization chamber makes it possible to determine accurate photon fluence rates in routine work and will constitute substantial time-savings for future radiobiological experiments based on the use of ultra-soft X-rays.

  8. CENDI Indexing Workshop

    1994-01-01

    The CENDI Indexing Workshop held at NASA Headquarters, Two Independence Square, 300 E Street, Washington, DC, on September 21-22, 1994 focused on the following topics: machine aided indexing, indexing quality, an indexing pilot project, the MedIndEx Prototype, Department of Energy/Office of Scientific and Technical Information indexing activities, high-tech coding structures, category indexing schemes, and the Government Information Locator Service. This publication consists mostly of viewgraphs related to the above noted topics. In an appendix is a description of the Government Information Locator Service.

  9. Air kerma rate measurements of 192Ir source in Gammamed 12i HDR/PDR unit using well type ionization chamber

    The use of high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy in radiotherapy department has increased nowadays. The initial activity of 192Ir sources, used in high dose rate brachytherapy unit is approximately 10 Ci. About 3 to 4 times per year, a replacement is made of these sources, because of the decay half-life of 192Ir with 73.83 days. It is recommended that each time a new HDR source is installed for use in clinical routine, a source calibration in the hospital should be carried out

  10. Master Veteran Index (MVI)

    Department of Veterans Affairs — As of June 28, 2010, the Master Veteran Index (MVI) database based on the enhanced Master Patient Index (MPI) is the authoritative identity service within the VA,...

  11. UV Index Widget

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The UV Index Widget displays the ultraviolet (UV) Index providing a daily forecast of the expected risk of overexposure to the sun for a user-specified area of...

  12. Orbifold Index Cobordism Invariance

    Farsi, C

    2005-01-01

    We prove cobordism index invariance for transversally elliptic pseudo-differential operators associated to locally free actions of tori. This result implies index cobordism invariance for elliptic operators on orbifolds.

  13. North Slope, Alaska ESI: INDEX (Index Polygons)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This data set contains vector polygons representing the boundaries used for the production of the hardcopy maps as part of the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI)...

  14. American Samoa ESI: INDEX (Index Polygons)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This data set contains vector polygons representing the boundaries of all the hardcopy cartographic products produced as part of the Environmental Sensitivity Index...

  15. Machine-Aided Indexing.

    Jacobs, Charles R.

    Progress is reported at the 1,000,000 word level on the development of a partial syntatic analysis technique for indexing text. A new indexing subroutine for hyphens is provided. New grammars written and programmed for Machine Aided Indexing (MAI) are discussed. (ED 069 290 is a related document) (Author)

  16. The Europe 2020 Index

    Pasimeni, Paolo

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a new index to quantify, measure and monitor the progress towards the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy. This index is based on a set of relevant, accepted, credible, easy to monitor and robust indicators presented by the European Commission at the time the strategy was launched. The internal analysis of the index shows

  17. Calculation of conversion coefficients Hp(3)/K air using the PENELOPE Monte Carlo code and comparison with MCNP calculation results

    The authors report calculations performed using the MNCP and PENELOPE codes to determine the Hp(3)/K air conversion coefficient which allows the Hp(3) dose equivalent to be determined from the measured value of the kerma in the air. They report the definition of the phantom, a 20 cm diameter and 20 cm high cylinder which is considered as representative of a head. Calculations are performed for an energy range corresponding to interventional radiology or cardiology (20 keV-110 keV). Results obtained with both codes are compared

  18. Air Pollution

    Air pollution is a mixture of solid particles and gases in the air. Car emissions, chemicals from factories, dust, ... a gas, is a major part of air pollution in cities. When ozone forms air pollution, it's ...

  19. Air quality indices : a review

    Pollution Probe presents some background information that will help in the development of a national Air Quality Index (AQI) in Canada. This report examines the issues that should be addressed in revising the national Index of the Quality of Air (IQUA) or creating a new national Air Quality Index. The IQUA was devised in 1976 and provides Canadians with real-time information on the state of community air quality by including major pollutants and their synergies. It is currently being used for air quality management plans and air quality alert systems. At the same time that the IQUA was devised, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) produced a parallel air quality index known as the Pollution Standard Index (PSI) which incorporated 5 criteria pollutants (particulate matter, sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide and ground level ozone) for which national health-based standards were devised. In 1999, the US EPA renamed their index the Air Quality Index (AQI) and made revisions to the primary health-based national ambient air quality standards for ground-level ozone and particulate matter. Separate values for PM2.5 and PM10 were incorporated and mandatory reporting was required for metropolitan areas with populations of 350,000 or more. Similarly, the IQUA has undergone major developments that affect the validity of the index, including: rejection by the Working Group on Air Quality Objectives and Guidelines of the previous maximum desirable and maximum acceptable air quality criteria, recognition that standards for many of the contaminants are outdated, developing more sensitive instrumentation for real-time monitoring of contaminants. This report also describes the use of the national short term Air Quality Index by provincial, territorial and local authorities in Canada. Pollution Probe recommends setting up a mechanism to review and revise IQUA on a regular basis that would incorporate governments, the medical profession, special public interest groups, as well as environmental and industrial interest groups. It also recommends that new ways should be developed to facilitate a comparison between IQUA and AQI readings with those for AQI in the United States, especially in border communities. 7 tabs

  20. Stability results of a free air ionization chamber in standard mammography beams

    Free air ionization chambers are absolute dosimeters, because they can measure basic physical quantities directly without the need of their calibration in a standard radiation beam. They are used for measuring exposure and air kerma in X and gamma radiation beams. The Calibration Laboratory (LCI) of IPEN has a free air ionization chamber of the cylindrical type for low energies. The characterization of this ionization chamber was already performed and reported in a previous study. After a modification in the support of the micrometers used for the movement of the internal cylinder devices, the tests were redone. The objective of this work was to present the new alignment protocol of the free air ionization chamber in low energies of X-ray beams of standard mammography qualities, assuring the positioning reproducibility, and new results of stability tests performed with the application of this protocol will be presented. (author)

  1. On eccentric connectivity index

    Zhou, Bo

    2010-01-01

    The eccentric connectivity index, proposed by Sharma, Goswami and Madan, has been employed successfully for the development of numerous mathematical models for the prediction of biological activities of diverse nature. We now report mathematical properties of the eccentric connectivity index. We establish various lower and upper bounds for the eccentric connectivity index in terms of other graph invariants including the number of vertices, the number of edges, the degree distance and the first Zagreb index. We determine the n-vertex trees of diameter with the minimum eccentric connectivity index, and the n-vertex trees of pendent vertices, with the maximum eccentric connectivity index. We also determine the n-vertex trees with respectively the minimum, second-minimum and third-minimum, and the maximum, second-maximum and third-maximum eccentric connectivity indices for

  2. Negative Index Lens Aberrations

    Schurig, D.; Smith, D R

    2004-01-01

    We examine the Seidel aberrations of thin spherical lenses composed of media with refractive index not restricted to be positive. We find that consideration of this expanded parameter space allows reduction or elimination of more aberrations than is possible with only positive index media. In particular we find that spherical lenses possessing real aplanatic focal points are possible only with negative index. We perform ray tracing, using custom code that relies only on Maxwell's equations an...

  3. Supplement: Commodity Index Report

    Commodity Futures Trading Commission — Shows index traders in selected agricultural markets. These traders are drawn from the noncommercial and commercial categories. The noncommercial category includes...

  4. EJSCREEN Supplementary Indexes 2015 Public

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — There are 40 supplementary EJSCREEN indexes that are divided into 5 categories: EJ Index with supplementary demographic index, Supplementary EJ Index 1 with...

  5. EJSCREEN Supplementary Indexes 2015 Internal

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — There are 60 supplementary EJ Indexes in EJSCREEN that are divided into 5 categories: EJ Index with supplementary demographic index, Supplementary EJ Index 1 with...

  6. Aktivitas Hipolipidemik dan Indeks Aterogenik yang Rendah Ekstrak Air Daun Tapak Dara pada Tikus Hiperkolesterolemia (HYPOLIPIDEMIC ACTIVITY AND LOW ATHEROGENIC INDEX OF AQUEOUS LEAF EXTRACTS OF CATHARANTHUS ROSEUS IN HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIC RATS

    I Nyoman Suarsana

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Catharanthus roseus is one plant recognized as medical potential which can decrease cholesterol. Thepresent study was carried out to evaluate the effect of aqueous leaf extracts of C. roseus on plasma lipidprofil levels in rats cholesterol rich diet and atherogenic index. This study was carried out on 15 SpraqueDawley male rats randomly distributed into five groups (n=3. Rats hypercholesterolemic wereadministrated cholesterol rich diet containing 1% (w/w. Normal control group with normal diet whitoutextracts (K1, positive control hypercholesterolemic group (K2 with cholesterol rich diet whitout extracts,and others three groups (K3-K5 were feed high cholesterol and 1 mL of aqueous leaf extracts of C. roseuswith a dose of 20% (w/v, 40% (w/v and 80% (w/v respectively, administered twice daily 1 mL orally.Treatment was given for 28 days. After treatment, the plasma lipids profile such cholesterol total, highdensity lipoprotein (HDL, low density lipoprotein (LDL, triglyceride (TGA level were measured. Theresults showed that during the period of treatment with cholesterol rich diet have produced under condition hypercholesterolemic of rats with average cholesterol levels of 124.33 ± 4.04 mg/dL (K2 group. Treatmentwith extract dose of 80% showed the best results among the other doses in reducing levels of total cholesterol,triglycerides, LDL and raise HDL levels. Extract treatment dose of 80% up to four weeks resulted incholesterol total (79.33±3.51 mg/dL, TGA (72.33±6.65 mg/dL, HDL (55.00±3.60 mg/dL, and LDL(9.87±5.34mg/dL. In addition, value ratio of cholesterol:HDL was 1.4: 1 and atherogenic index value was0.44. These results suggest that extracts of leaf C. roseus optimum doses 80% (w/v has hipolipidemicactivity in hypercholesterolemic rats and it has low atherogenic index value.

  7. Global Ecosystem Restoration Index

    Fernandez, Miguel; Garcia, Monica; Fernandez, Nestor

    The Global ecosystem restoration index (GERI) is a composite index that integrates structural and functional aspects of the ecosystem restoration process. These elements are evaluated through a window that looks into a baseline for degraded ecosystems with the objective to assess restoration...

  8. Children's Stress Index.

    Sherman, Dianne, Ed.

    1993-01-01

    This double issue of the "ZPG Reporter" focuses on the theme of ZPG's Children's Stress Index", the first national survey of children's well-being based on population- related pressures. Using an extensive list of social, economic, and environmental factors that affect the lives of children, the index ranks 828 cities, counties, and metropolitan…

  9. Determination of the diaphragm correction factor of the LNE-LNHB free-air chambers for low and medium energy X-rays

    Until recently, in the establishment of the French LNE-LNHB national reference in terms of air kerma for low and medium energy X-rays, the effect of the diaphragm located at the entrance of the free-air ionization chambers was not sufficiently taken into account. This report describes the different Monte Carlo computations made in 2010-2011 with the PENELOPE Monte Carlo code to determine a correction factor (kdia) describing the influence of the different incident photon interactions taking place into the diaphragm on the deposited energy in the collecting volume. (author)

  10. Supersymmetric Berry index

    Ilinskii, K N; Melezhik, V S; Ilinski, K N; Kalinin, G V; Melezhik, V V

    1994-01-01

    We revise the sequences of SUSY for a cyclic adiabatic evolution governed by the supersymmetric quantum mechanical Hamiltonian. The condition (supersymmetric adiabatic evolution) under which the supersymmetric reductions of Berry (nondegenerated case) or Wilczek-Zee (degenerated case) phases of superpartners are taking place is pointed out. The analogue of Witten index (supersymmetric Berry index) is determined. As the examples of suggested concept of supersymmetric adiabatic evolution the Holomorphic quantum mechanics on complex plane and Meromorphic quantum mechanics on Riemann surface are considered. The supersymmetric Berry indexes for the models are calculated.

  11. Photon and neutron fluence-to-kerma conversion factors for ICRP-1975 reference man using improved elemental compositions for bone and marrow of the skeleton

    Findings of a recent ORNL review, and of other reviews, which have been discussed at the Late Effects Workshop on Dosimetry of Atomic Bomb Survivors, 29th Annual Meeting of the Radiation Research Society, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 31 May 1981, and the Symposium on Reevaluations of Dosimetric Factors, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, US Department of Energy, Germantown, Maryland, 5 and 6 September 1981, have clearly established a need to revise the dosimetry for the A-bomb survivors. This effort will involve several divisions at ORNL, several other national laboratories, and several consulting firms. One of the main tasks of the Health and Safety Research Division at ORNL is to provide revised estimates of various organ-dose parameters related to a survivor's neutron and gamma-ray exposures. The objectives of the work summarized in this report were: (a) to better define the elemental composition of various skeletal components of ICRP-1975 Reference Man, and (b) to investigate photon and neutron fluence-to-kerma conversion factors for various total-body and organ-tissue components of ICRP-1975 Reference man as revised here. Scaled down mathematical descriptions of the volumes and shapes of the total body and internal organs of Reference Man will be used, of course, in the organ-dose calculations for A-bomb survivors

  12. Potential vorticity intrusion index and climate variability of surface temperature

    Cai, M.

    2003-04-01

    This paper proposes a potential vorticity intrusion index (denoted as PVI) as an alternative diagnostic tool to study the observed climate variability/trend of the surface temperature. The PVI index is defined as the percentage area of upper lever PV intrusion in the extratropics at any given time. Abundance (shortage) of extreme cold surface air temperature episodes in high latitudes coincides with a high (low) PVI index. The interannual variability of the PVI index exhibits a strong QBO- like signal. The high (low) PVI index prevails when the equatorial zonal mean zonal wind at 50 hPa is easterly (westerly). The probability distribution map of PV intrusion activities shows a shift of the preferred regions of frontogenesis from the oceans to the continents when the PVI index is high. This explains directly why more extreme cold events are observed over the northern Eurasian and Northern America continents when the PVI index is high or the QBO is in the easterly phase.

  13. Estimation of entrance dose on chest radiographs according to the exposure index on Computerized Radiology System: preliminary results; Estimativa de dose de entrada a partir do indice de exposicao em sistema CR: resultados preliminares

    Donomai, Luana Kaoru; Jornada, Tiago da Silva; Daros, Kellen Adriana Curci, E-mail: luana.donomai@gmail.com, E-mail: tiagosjornada@gmail.com, E-mail: daros.kellen@unifesp.br [Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo (UNIFESP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2014-07-01

    Digital radiology has improved image quality in radiographs in comparison to screen/film systems though the visual control of the quantity of radiation involved on these exams became more demanding due to the low perception of over and underexposed images. Therefore, this study aims to analyze the exposure index (EI) from chest examinations and relate them to the entrance skin dose. Indices from 29 patients and kerma entrance dose were correlated. A correlation coefficient equal to 0,6881 was calculated. EI and entrance dose are correlated positive and moderately, indicating the relevance to deepen the subject. (author)

  14. Tree-indexed processes

    Pemantle, Robin

    2004-01-01

    This article examines a recent body of work on stochastic processes indexed by a tree. Emphasis is on the application of this new framework to existing probability models. Proofs are largely omitted, with references provided.

  15. ParkIndex

    Kaczynski, Andrew T; Schipperijn, Jasper; Hipp, J Aaron; Besenyi, Gina M; Stanis, Sonja A Wilhelm; Hughey, S Morgan; Wilcox, Sara

    2016-01-01

    A lack of comprehensive and standardized metrics for measuring park exposure limits park-related research and health promotion efforts. This study aimed to develop and demonstrate an empirically-derived and spatially-represented index of park access (ParkIndex) that would allow researchers......, planners, and citizens to evaluate the potential for park use for a given area. Data used for developing ParkIndex were collected in 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO). Adult study participants (n=891) reported whether they used a park within the past month, and all parks in KCMO were mapped and audited...... using ArcGIS 9.3 and the Community Park Audit Tool. Four park summary variables - distance to nearest park, and the number of parks, amount of park space, and average park quality index within 1 mile were analyzed in relation to park use using logistic regression. Coefficients for significant park...

  16. TOMS Absorbing Aerosol Index

    Washington University St Louis — TOMS_AI_G is an aerosol related dataset derived from the Total Ozone Monitoring Satellite (TOMS) Sensor. The TOMS aerosol index arises from absorbing aerosols such...

  17. Arizona - Social Vulnerability Index

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The Social Vulnerability Index is derived from the 2000 US Census data. The fields included are percent minority, median household income, age (under 18 and over...

  18. National Death Index

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The National Death Index (NDI) is a centralized database of death record information on file in state vital statistics offices. Working with these state offices,...

  19. Vegetation Drought Response Index

    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior VegDRI, short for Vegetation Drought Response Index, is a drought-monitoring tool developed by scientists at EROS in collaboration with the National Drought...

  20. Cataloguing and Indexing Activities

    Bakewell, K. G. B.

    1971-01-01

    Comments are given on: the 18th edition of the Decimal Classification, the MARC Automated Serials System (MASS) project, and the Cataloging and Indexing Group's survey of catalog use. (11 references) (NH)

  1. Regional Snowfall Index (RSI)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — NOAA's National Climatic Data Center is now producing the Regional Snowfall Index (RSI) for significant snowstorms that impact the eastern two thirds of the U.S....

  2. Dow's chemical exposure index guide

    A number of events in the 1970's and 1980's impacted the course of process safety. Incidents such as Flixborough, Seveso, Three-Mile Island, and Bhopal are well known throughout industry and are recognized as examples of major disasters. Even though events leading up to these disasters were completely different they had one common element between them: a substance was released from a manufacturing unit, became airborne and presented a hazard of such magnitude as to place the safety of both employees and the surrounding public in jeopardy. As a result, industry became increasingly concerned regarding potential loss, in human and economic terms, as plants and equipment grew in size. The Flixborough incident raised the level of concern for process safety, particularly in terms of the hazards presented by fire and explosion. Seveso and Three-Mile Island emphasized the need to consider far-field exposure. The Bhopal incident created an urgent need to recognize and understand the expected downwind impact of potential releases of acutely toxic substances to the air. In order to meet this need, the Dow Chemical Company, a recognized leader in the area of safety and loss prevention, presented a Chemical Exposure Index in 1986. AIChE has recently published an updated version entitled Dow's Chemical Exposure Index Guide. 7 refs., 5 figs

  3. Indexing Nearest Neighbor Queries

    Truong, Thanh

    2010-01-01

    In database technology, one very well known problem is K nearest neighbor (KNN). However, the cost of finding a solution of the KNN problem may be expensive with the increase of database size. In order to achieve efficient data mining of large amounts of data, it is important to index high dimensional data to support KNN search. Xtree, an index structure for high dimensional data, was investigated and then integrated into Amos II, an extensible functional Database Management System (DBMS). Th...

  4. A Tourism Conditions Index

    Chia-Lin CHANG; Hsu, Hui-Kuang; McAleer, Michael

    2014-01-01

    markdownabstract__Abstract__ This paper uses monthly data from April 2005 to August 2013 for Taiwan to propose a novel tourism indicator, namely the Tourism Conditions Index (TCI). TCI accounts for the spillover weights based on the Granger causality test and estimates of the multivariate BEKK model for four TCI indicators to predict specific tourism and economic environmental indicators for Taiwan. The foundation of the TCI is the Financial Conditions Index (FCI), which is derived from the M...

  5. Calculation of conversion coefficients Hp(3)/K air using the PENELOPE Monte Carlo code and comparison with MCNP calculation results; Calcul des coefficients de conversion H{sub p}(3)lK{sub air} au moyen du code de monte-carlo penelope et comparaison avec les resultats de calculs MCNP

    Daures, J.; Gouriou, J.; Bordy, J.M. [CEA Saclay, LIST, Laboratoire National Henri Becquerel (LNE-LNHB), 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

    2010-07-01

    The authors report calculations performed using the MNCP and PENELOPE codes to determine the Hp(3)/K air conversion coefficient which allows the Hp(3) dose equivalent to be determined from the measured value of the kerma in the air. They report the definition of the phantom, a 20 cm diameter and 20 cm high cylinder which is considered as representative of a head. Calculations are performed for an energy range corresponding to interventional radiology or cardiology (20 keV-110 keV). Results obtained with both codes are compared

  6. Exact relationships between fisher indexes and theoretical indexes

    Grifell i Tatjé, Emili; Lovell, C.A. Knox

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we develop exact relationships between empirical Fisher indexes and their theoretical Malmquist and Konus counterparts. We begin by using implicit Malmquist price and price recovery indexes to establish exact relationships between Malmquist quantity and productivity indexes and Fisher quantity and productivity indexes. We then show that Malmquist quantity and productivity indexes and Fisher price and price recovery indexes “almost” satisfy the product test with the rele...

  7. Air pollution control escalate equipment costs

    During fiscal year 1994, this author used the Bernard J. Steigerwald Opportunity for Independent Study, sponsored by US Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (Research Triangle Park, N.C.), to develop a group of quarterly indexes for adjusting or escalating air pollution control costs from one period to another. In all, nine indexes were developed, one equipment cost index (ECI) for each of nine control device categories. For convenience to the reader, additional indexes for two other equipment categories--available as part of the Producer Price Indexes compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics--are also presented here. These 11 indexes--collectively known as the Vatavuk Air Pollution Control Cost Indexes (VAPCCI)--can be used to escalate costs from the initial (base) period (first quarter 1994) forward to any quarter in the future. To date, final indexes have been calculated (and are presented at the end of this article) for the second, third, and fourth quarters of 1994, and first quarter 1995; preliminary indexes are provided for second quarter 1995. Quarterly updates of these cost indexes will be computed as soon as the required input data become available. To date, no other set of cost indexes has been developed for such a wide array of pollution-control devices

  8. Measuring environmental quality. An index of pollution

    This paper develops an index of pollution based on the epidemiological dose-response function associated with each pollutant, and the welfare losses due to exposure to pollution. The probability of damage is translated into welfare losses, which provides the common metric required for aggregation. Isopollution surfaces may then be used to compare environmental quality over time and space. An Air Pollution Index (API) is computed using 1997 data for the criteria pollutants under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The results are compared with the EPA's Pollutant Standards Index (PSI). Two significant differences emerge: unlike the PSI, the API facilitates a detailed ranking of regions by air quality and API values may contradict PSI results. Some regions with PSI values of 100-200 are considered less polluted under the proposed methodology than those with PSI values between 50 and 100. The key reason for the difference is that PSI values are determined entirely by the gas with the highest relative concentration whereas the API value is based on the ambient concentrations of all pollutants. 14 refs

  9. Estimating the Upcrossings Index

    Sebastio, Joo Renato; Ferreira, Helena; Pereira, Lusa

    2012-01-01

    For stationary sequences, under general local and asymptotic dependence restrictions, any limiting point process for time normalized upcrossings of high levels is a compound Poisson process, i.e., there is a clustering of high upcrossings, where the underlying Poisson points represent cluster positions, and the multiplicities correspond to cluster sizes. For such classes of stationary sequences there exists the upcrossings index $\\eta,$ $0\\leq \\eta\\leq 1,$ which is directly related to the extremal index $\\theta,$ $0\\leq \\theta\\leq 1,$ for suitable high levels. In this paper we consider the problem of estimating the upcrossings index $\\eta$ for a class of stationary sequences satisfying a mild oscillation restriction. For the proposed estimator, properties such as consistency and asymptotic normality are studied. Finally, the performance of the estimator is assessed through simulation studies for autoregressive processes and case studies in the fields of environment and finance.

  10. Diet quality assessment indexes

    Kênia Mara Baiocchi de Carvalho

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Various indices and scores based on admittedly healthy dietary patterns or food guides for the general population, or aiming at the prevention of diet-related diseases have been developed to assess diet quality. The four indices preferred by most studies are: the Diet Quality Index; the Healthy Eating Index; the Mediterranean Diet Score; and the Overall Nutritional Quality Index. Other instruments based on these indices have been developed and the words 'adapted', 'revised', or 'new version I, II or III' added to their names. Even validated indices usually find only modest associations between diet and risk of disease or death, raising questions about their limitations and the complexity associated with measuring the causal relationship between diet and health parameters. The objective of this review is to describe the main instruments used for assessing diet quality, and the applications and limitations related to their use and interpretation.

  11. Sustainability index for Taipei

    Sustainability indicators are an effective means of determining whether a city is moving towards sustainable development (SD). After considering the characteristics of Taipei, Taiwan, discussions with experts, scholars and government departments and an exhaustive literature review, this study selected 51 sustainability indicators corresponding to the socio-economic characteristic of Taipei City. Such indicators should be regarded as a basis for assessing SD in Taipei City. The 51 indicators are classified into economic, social, environmental and institutional dimensions. Furthermore, statistical data is adopted to identify the trend of SD from 1994 to 2004. Moreover, the sustainability index is calculated for the four dimensions and for Taipei as a whole. Analysis results demonstrate that social and environmental indicators are moving towards SD, while economic and institutional dimensions are performing relatively poorly. However, since 2002, the economic sustainability index has gradually moved towards SD. Overall, the Taipei sustainability index indicates a gradual trend towards sustainable development during the past 11 years

  12. Characterization of the new free-air primary standard for low-energy X-rays at CMI

    In 2011 a decision was made by Czech Metrology Institute to build a free-air ionization chamber (FAC) intended to be used as a primary standard of air kerma rate for low-energy X-rays (photon energy below 50 keV, including mammography X-ray qualities) in order to replace the currently used secondary ionization chamber and to decrease the uncertainty of air kerma reference value. In the period 2011–2012, the FAC has been designed, manufactured and put into operation. Its performance was tested using a calibrated secondary chamber and then by an informal comparison with a national primary standard of BEV (Austria). Physical characteristics of the FAC are described and individual correction factors are discussed focusing on computational methods utilized in their estimation. Summary of the correction factors with the uncertainty budget is presented. - Highlights: • A new primary standard for low-energy X-ray beam constructed at CMI. • Correction factors calculated by MCNPX simulations. • The chamber performance tested by an informal comparison with BEV (Austria). • The chamber considered ready for key comparison and standardization of X-ray beams

  13. 2005 Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration The 2005 Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI) is a measure of overall progress towards environmental sustainability, developed for 146 countries. The index...

  14. 2005 Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The 2005 Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI) is a measure of overall progress towards environmental sustainability, developed for 146 countries. The index...

  15. Practical Hydrogen Loading of Air Silica Fibres

    Sørensen, Henrik Rokkjær; Jensen, Jesper Bevensee; Jensen, Jesper Bo Damm; Bruyere, Frederic; Hansen, Kim P.

    A method for hydrogen-loading air-silica optical fibres has been developed allowing out-diffusion times comparable to standard step-index fibres. Examples of the first grating written in Ge-doped air-silica fibres using a 266nm UV-laser are shown.......A method for hydrogen-loading air-silica optical fibres has been developed allowing out-diffusion times comparable to standard step-index fibres. Examples of the first grating written in Ge-doped air-silica fibres using a 266nm UV-laser are shown....

  16. Hydrophytometeorological indexes of Virginia type tobacco

    Aksić Miroljub

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The field trial of Virginia type tobacco (Hevesi-9 was set in irrigation conditions, in the vicinity of Brzi Brod village, Nišava River's valley, on the alluvium soil type. Water consumption for evapotranspiration, at the irrigated variant and the control one, was calculated for each month and the whole vegetation period, by making the balance between water consumption from the soil layer to 2m under the ground, total precipitation amount in the vegetation and water added by irrigation. Hydro-phyto-meteorological indexes of Virginia type tobacco were calculated in regard to air temperature, relative air humidity, air humidity deficiency, sunshine duration and global radiation. Among the six meteorological elements (the above mentioned five and wind speed analyzed in the studied period, the highest level of correlation with tobacco ETP was shown by air temperature (r=0.88, so the use of hydro-phytotermic index could be recommended for calculation of potential evapotranspiration in irrigation practice.

  17. Sensitivity of coefficients for converting entrance surface dose and kerma-area product to effective dose and energy imparted to the patient

    Wise, K. N.; Sandborg, M.; Persliden, J.; Alm Carlsson, G.

    1999-08-01

    We investigate the sensitivity of the conversions from entrance surface dose (ESD) or kerma-area product (KAP) to effective dose (E) or to energy imparted to the patient () to the likely variations in tube potential, field size, patient size and sex which occur in clinical work. As part of a factorial design study for chest and lumbar spine examinations, the tube potentials were varied to be 10% of the typical values for the examinations while field sizes and the positions of the field centres were varied to be representative of values drawn from measurements on patient images. Variation over sex and patient size was based on anthropomorphic phantoms representing males and females of ages 15 years (small adult) and 21 years (reference adult). All the conversion coefficients were estimated using a mathematical phantom programmed with the Monte Carlo code EGS4 for all factor combinations and analysed statistically to derive factor effects. In general, the factors studied behaved independently in the sense that interaction of the physical factors generally gave no more than a 5% variation in a conversion coefficient. Taken together, variation of patient size, sex, field size and field position can lead to significant variation of E/KAP by up to a factor of 2, of E/ESD by up to a factor of 3, of /KAP by a factor of 1.3 and of /ESD by up to a factor of 2. While KAP is preferred to determine , the results show no strong preference of KAP over ESD in determining E. The mean absorbed dose in the patient obtained by dividing (determined using KAP) by the patient's mass was found to be the most robust measure of E.

  18. Sensitivity of coefficients for converting entrance surface dose and kerma-area product to effective dose and energy imparted to the patient

    We investigate the sensitivity of the conversions from entrance surface dose (ESD) or kerma-area product (KAP) to effective dose (E) or to energy imparted to the patient (ε) to the likely variations in tube potential, field size, patient size and sex which occur in clinical work. As part of a factorial design study for chest and lumbar spine examinations, the tube potentials were varied to be ±10% of the typical values for the examinations while field sizes and the positions of the field centres were varied to be representative of values drawn from measurements on patient images. Variation over sex and patient size was based on anthropomorphic phantoms representing males and females of ages 15 years (small adult) and 21 years (reference adult). All the conversion coefficients were estimated using a mathematical phantom programmed with the Monte Carlo code EGS4 for all factor combinations and analysed statistically to derive factor effects. In general, the factors studied behaved independently in the sense that interaction of the physical factors generally gave no more than a 5% variation in a conversion coefficient. Taken together, variation of patient size, sex, field size and field position can lead to significant variation of E/KAP by up to a factor of 2, of E/ESD by up to a factor of 3, of ε/KAP by a factor of 1.3 and of ε/ESD by up to a factor of 2. While KAP is preferred to determine ε, the results show no strong preference of KAP over ESD in determining E. The mean absorbed dose D-bar in the patient obtained by dividing ε (determined using KAP) by the patient's mass was found to be the most robust measure of E. (author)

  19. Ozone, Air Quality, and Asthma (For Parents)

    ... Looking for Health Lessons? Visit KidsHealth in the Classroom What Other Parents Are Reading Zika & Pregnancy: What ... carbon monoxide sulfur dioxide nitrogen dioxide Using a color-coded system, the Air Quality Index indicates when ...

  20. Clean Air Markets - Quick Facts and Trends

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency The Quick Facts and Trends module is part of a suite of Clean Air Markets-related tools that are accessible at http://camddataandmaps.epa.gov/gdm/index.cfm. The...