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A Study on Optimization of Photoneutron Shielding in a Medical Accelerator Room by Using Monte Carlo Simulation

Authors
 Yong Nam KIM  ;  Sang Hyun CHOI  ;  Kyoungkeun JEONG  ;  Joo Young KIM  ;  Chang Geol LEE  ;  Jinsil SEONG  ;  Chan Hyeong KIM 
Citation
 JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, Vol.45(suppl5) : 50-53, 2008 
Journal Title
 JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 
ISSN
 0022-3131 
Issue Date
2008
Keywords
photoneutron ; radiation shielding ; medical linear accelerator ; Monte Carlo simulation ; borated polyethylene
Abstract
Medical linear accelerators operating above 10 MV require door shielding for neutrons in addition to photons. A criterion for choice of optimal configuration of lamination of BPE (Borated Polyethylene) and lead is not clear. Moreover, optimal configuration cannot be determined by the conventional method using an analytical formula and simple measurement. This study performs Monte Carlo simulation of radiation field in a commercial LINAC room with 15 MV X-ray sources. Considering two configuration of lamination such as ‘lead-BPE’ and ‘lead-BPE-lead’, dose equivalents are calculated by using the MCNPX code and comparative analyses are performed with each other. The obtained results show that there is no significant difference in neuron shielding between both configurations, whereas lead-BPE-lead is more effective for photon shielding. It is also noted that the absolute values of neutron doses are much greater than that of photon doses outside as well as inside the door, by three orders of magnitude. As a conclusion, the laminating of lead-BPE is suggested as the optimal configuration from the viewpoint of simplicity in fabrication and handling, even though it has no significant difference from lead-BPE-lead in terms of total dose equivalent.
Full Text
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00223131.2008.10875783?queryID=%24%7BresultBean.queryID%7D
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Radiation Oncology (방사선종양학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Yong Nam(김용남)
Seong, Jin Sil(성진실) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1794-5951
Lee, Chang Geol(이창걸) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8702-881X
Jeong, Kyoung Keun(정경근)
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/107427
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