Hospital and Radiopharma

From ER to quantifying the radioactivity of waste, Kromek supply the health industry with a range of high performance radiation detectors

Radiation detectors for Hospitals and Radiopharma

Within hospitals and radiopharmaceutical production, there’s a lot of radioactive material: accidental and intentional. Waste must be checked effectively for contamination, old accelerators and sites decommissioned, the purity of radiopharmaceuticals accurately confirmed, as well as patients and staff kept as safe as possible in response to a nuclear or radiological incident.

As a result, there are several angles to consider to maintain radiological and nuclear safety protocols throughout the site. What you need are high performance radiation detectors.

User Stories

Detecting and identifying radioisotopes

Analyse the spectra of contaminated waste from diagnostic nuclear medicines and/or metabolic therapy with precision.

The portable spectrometer, the RayMon, lists all radioisotopes present in a sample, therefore, allowing the waste to be disposed of in the appropriate manner. With the addition of a radbeaker, the Quant 4 RayMon allows users to quantify the radioactivity of waste samples precisely, further informing disposal procedures.

Quant 4 RayMon with probe, tablet and beaker

The high resolution, CZT-based probe of the RayMon is easily detachable, and therefore can also operate as a fixed detector within lead shielding when needed e.g. examining the potential internal contamination of radiotherapy patients or assessing the purity of radiopharmaceuticals before used in treatment. Unlike High Purity Geranium (HPGe) detectors, CZT-based radiation detectors are cost-effective: they have longer potential run-times, require no cryogenic cooling to operate at room temperature and are much more durable in the long-term.

In the event of a radiological or nuclear incident

After an R&N attack or accident occurs, lots of people are likely to be rushed to or crowded at the hospital. By mounting a D3S ID at the hospital entrance or having hospital staff equipped with this lightweight, wearable detector, in real-time, contaminated patients can be identified and quickly quarantined using the various spectral data rapidly supplied to the operator, such as isotope ID and level of contamination. In this way, radiation exposure to other workers in the hospital, patients and the public is reduced; ensuring everyone is kept as safe as possible.

With lots of detectors positioned throughout the hospital continuously monitoring the hospital environment for radioactive sources, where contaminated individuals have been can be tracked, and the appropriate actions then quickly taken to decontaminate other individuals, equipment and surfaces that they may have come into contact with.

No source too weak

Even the most weakly contaminated individuals can be identified with the D5 RIID. Heavily masked, mixed and shielded sources are all also rapidly alerted to the operator along with their precise location, aiding preventative action being taken in counter of potential R&N attacks.

Monitoring changes overtime

Levels of radiation on a contaminated individual or object do not remain constant. To inform further treatment and the next steps in decontamination, the RayMon10 lists all radioactive isotopes present, and allows the user to easily produce a series of reports containing spectral analysis and other information such as date/time, user ID and more.

And don’t forget about biological threats

With the potential for infectious diseases to spread at a rapid pace in hospitals, it is essential for the health of the workers, patients and general public that biological threats are also effectively monitored. To minimise the impact of pathogen outbreaks, the causative agent must be detected and identified. Kromek’s fully automated and autonomous biosensing system is being developed to serve as a portable early warning system to deliver fast actionable information to the civilian health authorities.

Air and (waste)water in principle will be collected automatically, processing and then sequenced. As a result, appropriate and timely responses to the threat can be informed, and responses coordinated over hospitals in a region or potentially an entire nation, due to the networkability of the biosequencer systems being designed.

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