Going towards real-time computational dosimetry: optimization of PODIUM's simulation framework in interventional radiology
Within the PODIUM European project, we proved the feasibility of performing dosimetry monitoring of medical staff by means of computer simulations. The PODIUM computational dosimetry framework was developed primarily for monitoring Interventional Radiology staff, who are often exposed to high doses and high dose rates. The framework puts together innovative technologies (such as computer vision, person and object tracking algorithms) with the most accurate dose simulation models based on Monte Carlo transport codes and computational phantoms.
As the computational dosimetry system developed during PODIUM was conceived for performing a feasibility study and thus offline simulations only after monitoring an IR procedure, we did not focus on optimizing and speeding up simulations. Potentially, if we could perform real-time simulations, our computational dosimetry approach could substantially improve not only the dosimetry characterization, but also the radiation protection of medical staff. By providing a real-time dosimetry feedback, we could raise greater radiation awareness in physicians around the surgery table, which could result in lower doses especially to eye lens and extremities. The focus of this topic is to speed up simulations by developing a tailored simulation methodology based on accelerated Monte Carlo and/or machine learning models
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