quarta-feira, 22 de agosto de 2012

Performance assessment and uncertainty evaluation of a portable NaI-based detection system used for thyroid monitoring

Olá a todos,

Venho partilhar convosco hoje que, o primeiro de dois artigos escritos no âmbito da minha tese foi publicado no número de Agosto da revista Radiation Protection Dosimetry dos Oxford Journals:

Eis o link para a versão digital.

De qualquer modo, fica o abstract para os interessados:

"This work aims at assessing the performance of a portable detection system, equipped with an NaI(Tl) scintillation detector for in vivo thyroid monitoring, which was properly calibrated using an anthropomorphic neck phantom. The anthropomorphic physical phantoms commonly used for the efficiency calibration of in vivo counters often present certain limitations regarding the geometry and the activity distribution. Therefore, the feasibility of these detection systems for in vivo monitoring should be assessed whenever possible. To accomplish this assessment, patients to whom 99mTc and 123I marked radiopharmaceuticals have been administered in the framework of nuclear medicine diagnostic procedures were monitored. As the biokinetic models of the administered radiopharmaceuticals are known, the time-dependent activity functions in the critical organs after administration are easily quantified. The measured activities in the thyroid using the NaI(Tl) scintillation detector were compared with the estimated activities using the biokinetic models, in order to reach conclusion about the applicability of the portable scintillation counter for in vivo thyroid monitoring. The state-of-the-art Monte Carlo computer program PENELOPE and two voxel phantoms (male and female) were used to evaluate the overall uncertainties influencing the thyroid monitoring. A computational parametric study was performed to quantify the influence of several parameters in the activity quantification (neck-detector distance, thyroid shape, thyroid size and overlying tissue thickness), which allowed one to gain insight and to better understand the discrepancies between the calculated and measured activities."


2 comentários:

Ana disse...

Que bonito! Que bonito! Que bonito!


Bruno Martins disse...


Para breve... mais outro submetido. Veremos se é aceite. :)