In work environments with a higher radiation exposure risk or for personnel needing additional awareness of any exposure, like pregnant women, a real-time dosimeter may be judicious and sometimes even required by national legislation. Such electronic dosimeters are commonly called APD (active personal dosimeter). Dosilab proposes a family of APD systems, not just an APD. In contrast to a single APD, a system automatically stores the dose measurements during a work shift and tracks the total exposure over time.
The APD performance requirements are similar in large or smaller organizations. On the other hand, depending on the user’s environment a stand-alone or a networked system may be preferable. This is why we propose both solutions:
The dosiNET and dosiLIGHT active dosimetry systems are turn-key solutions designed to respond to the needs and requirements of the medical community potentially exposed to ionizing radiation sources:
The electronic dosimeter measures dose and dose rates. These measurements are displayed in real-time so the user has an immediate feed-back of his current exposure.
The APD has been designed to respond to the medical professional key requirements: a simple to use, precise and reliable instrument. This is why we made it manipulation-free and without any buttons. All personalization is automatically done during attribution, meaning when the user identifies himself to get a preconfigured dosimeter. This personalization includes alarm levels and dose measurement recording critera.
When a user returns a dosimeter to an attribution station, the measured dose is automatically transmitted to the database and the APD is available for someone else to use. Thus, the APDs are sharable among all registered users. This minimizes the number of needed APDs since not all staff members use a dosimeter at the same time.
The main characteristics of the APD are:
The APD has been designed to easily integrate in the client’s LAN and server environment. All communication between the server and the stations or PC-host is based on the standard TCP/IP.
The system architecture is based on a classical Client-Server configuration where the server controls the access to the dosimetry database and various clients are:
APDs are configured before use at any station or table-top units according to the parameterization defined by the radioprotection officer.
The APD-Station is an intelligent terminal where a user performs following operations:
The APD-Station can hold up to 16 APDs.
The APD-Station charges the APD battery and communicates to the server via a standard RJ-45 connection. The APD-Station operates also in an autonomous way, thus in the event of a LAN interruption it remains fully functional since it has a local, automatically synchronized, database.
APD Table-top unit
When only a few APDs are needed and a PC is available, the table-top units are a cost effective alternative to the stand-alone APD-stations. A table-top attribution unit connects to a PC via USB.
On the PC, the dosiLINK application lets the user attribute dosimeters in an identical way as on the APD-station.
The dosiNET software package includes 3 applications:
The dosiCLIENT comes with an intuitive graphical user interface, manages the dosimetry data and APD usage. A login-access ensures that confidential data can be accessed only by authorized users.
The client module lets the system manager, radioprotection expert or other authorized personnel configure the radiation monitored environment, manage the wearer and analyze their radiation exposures. The main characteristics of the software environment are:
dosiLIGHT offers a stand-alone, cost effective alternative to a dosiNET and suited for smaller organizations. In such environment only a single dosimeter access point is required. In dosiLIGHT communication to the attribution units, the management of the user’s data and their dose exposure measurements are integrated in a single software package running on a standard PC.
All the functionality available in the dosiNET system is also available in dosiLIGHT. The limitation is that up-to 2 table-top attribution units with up to 4 dosimeters each can be connected to the host PC.
dosiLIGHT comes with a software installer which guides though the installation and configuration. This eliminates the needs for an on-site installation intervention and the associated costs. So, if you only need a few APDs to track dose exposure in real-time, dosiLIGHT is a cost effective alternative without any compromise on functionality or performance.