Recommendations for the use of active personal dosemeters (APDs) in interventional workplaces in hospitals

U. O'Connor, E. Carinou, I. Clairand, O. Ciraj-Bjelac, F. De Monte, J. Domienik-Andrzejewska, P. Ferrari, M. Ginjaume, H. Hršak, O. Hupe, Knežević, M. Sans Merce, S. Sarmento, T. Siiskonen, F. Vanhavere

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Occupational radiation doses from interventional procedures have the potential to be relatively high. The requirement to optimise these doses encourages the use of electronic or active personal dosimeters (APDs) which are now increasingly used in hospitals. They are typically used in tandem with a routine passive dosimetry monitoring programme, with APDs used for real-time readings, for training purposes and when new imaging technology is introduced. However, there are limitations when using APDs. A survey in hospitals to identify issues related to the use of APDs was recently completed, along with an extensive series of APD tests by the EURADOS Working Group 12 on Dosimetry for Medical Imaging. The aim of this review paper is to summarise the state of the art regarding the use of APDs. We also used the results of our survey and our tests to develop a set of recommendations for the use of APDs in the clinical interventional radiology/cardiology settings, and draw attention to some of the current challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-135
Number of pages5
JournalPhysica Medica
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


  • Dosemeter
  • Interventional
  • Protection
  • Radiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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