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A real-time radiation dose monitoring system for patients and staff during interventional fluoroscopy using a GPU-accelerated Monte Carlo simulator and an automatic 3D localization system based on a depth camera
Author(s): Andreu Badal; Fahad Zafar; Han Dong; Aldo Badano
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Paper Abstract

Radiation monitoring systems able to accurately track the radiation dose received by the patient and the medical staff during interventional fluoroscopy can be used to minimize the likelihood and severity of radiation-induced skin injuries and estimate the accumulated organ doses. We describe a method to monitor doses in real time using automatic sensors in the imaging room and a CPU-accelerated computer simulator. The Monte Carlo simulation code MC-GPU is used to estimate patient and staff doses due to primary and scattered radiation, along with the associated statistical uncertainties. The geometrical configuration of the irradiation is automatically determined and updated using data from a depth camera that tracks the location and posture of each person in the imaging room. A virtual x-ray source graphical interface is used to manually trigger the simulations. The implemented computational framework separates the simulation of the x-ray transport through the patient and the operator bodies into two coupled, sequential simulations. The initial simulation uses the patient anatomy and a c-arm source model with a collimated cone beam emitted from a point focal spot. During this simulation a large phase space file with the energy, position and direction of x rays scattered in the direction of the operator is created. The phase space file is then used as the input radiation source for the following simulation with the operator anatomy model. Particle recycling is employed as a variance reduction technique to maximize the information obtained from the limited number of particles scattered towards the operator. For a typical image acquisition, a patient skin dose map can be displayed at the operator's monitor within 10 seconds with a peak skin dose error below 1%. This work demonstrates that a dose monitoring system based on accurate Monte Carlo simulations can be used to estimate in real-time the average and peak organ doses for both the patient and the staff in interventional fluoroscopy, and provide timely information regarding possible overdoses while the imaging procedure is being performed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 March 2013
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8668, Medical Imaging 2013: Physics of Medical Imaging, 866828 (19 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2008031
Show Author Affiliations
Andreu Badal, US Food and Drug Administration (United States)
Fahad Zafar, US Food and Drug Administration (United States)
Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County (United States)
Han Dong, US Food and Drug Administration (United States)
Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County (United States)
Aldo Badano, US Food and Drug Administration (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8668:
Medical Imaging 2013: Physics of Medical Imaging
Robert M. Nishikawa; Bruce R. Whiting; Christoph Hoeschen, Editor(s)

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