Are antimony-bismuth aprons as efficient as lead rubber aprons in providing shielding against scattered radiation

Johansen, S, Hauge, I, Hogg, P, England, A, Lanca, L, Gunn, C and Sanderud, A 2018, 'Are antimony-bismuth aprons as efficient as lead rubber aprons in providing shielding against scattered radiation' , Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, 49 (2) , pp. 201-206.

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Abstract

Aim: To compare the absorption ability of two lead-free aprons with a lead apron.
Method: Measure and compare the absorption ability of 3 aprons; OpaqFu bilayer apron containing bismuth and antimony, NoLead one layer apron containing antimony, and a lead apron. The measurements were repeated with and without each of the aprons present in both primary and scattered beams. The selected tube voltages were between 60 and 113 kVp with constant mAs, a fixed field size and fixed source to object distance.
Results: No significant difference in absorption ability of the two lead-free aprons compared to the lead apron were observed when the dose was measured in the primary beam. When measurements were performed in the scatter radiation field, the absorption ability of the OpaqFu apron was 1.3 times higher than NoLead apron and nearly equal to the absorption ability of the lead apron. An increase in the difference between the OpaqFu and NoLead aprons was observed for the tube energies higher than 100 kVp in favor of OpaqFu apron.
Conclusion: It is safe to use the lead free aprons that were tested in this study in a clinical environment for the tube energy range of 60-113 kVp.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1939-8654
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Depositing User: P Hogg
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2018 09:47
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2018 07:04
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/46119

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