The diagnostic and therapeutical merits of ionizing radiation in medical practice are reflected in its ever expanding applications.
However, there is also a growing awareness of the health risks associated with this type of radiation either for patients and health professionals, resulting in a recognized need for more systematic and easy to use dose monitoring systems, on the patient and his environment.
In-vivo dosimetry provides an independent check of the dose given to patients, during treatment.
In specific forms of treatment such as brachytherapy, in-vivo dosimetry helps in early identification of potential errors, eventually leading to an optimized treatment.
Also in interventional radiology, where radiation is used for imaging purposes, in-vivo organ dose monitoring can help optimizing the use of radiation and therefore minimizing not only the dose to patients but also the overall exposure of the medical staff.