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Croatian Dosimetry System among Best in the World

Feb 2nd 2009

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), ethanol-chlorobenzene dosimetry system, which was developed by Croatian scientists at the Ruđer Bošković Institute, is the third most widely used dosimetry system in both, research and industrial applications of radiation processing.

The system was created by Igor Dvornik, PhD, a founder of the Laboratory for Radiation Chemistry and Dosimetry, and further developed by Dušan Ražem, PhD and Saveta Miljanić, PhD at the Rudjer Boskovic Institute in cooperation with their Hungarian colleagues Vilmos Stenger, PhD and Andras Kovacs, PhD.

Since 1993 this system has been regularly included in the Annual Book of Standards published by 'American Society for Testing and Materials' (ASTM), and starting from 1998 it has been accepted as an ISO standard as well. Moreover, it was described in all relevant books on high-dose dosimetry.

A detailed overview of the Ethanol-chlorobenzene dosimetry system can now be found in the latest report by the 'International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements' under 'ICRU Report 80: Dosimetry Systems for Use in Radiation Processing'.

The ICRU reports are the premier international authoritative reference sources for medical radiation procedures and for specifications and standards in industrial, environmental and other applications of radiation and in radiation protection - as such they are often regarded as a so-called 'bible' in radiation metrology. This year Laboratory for Radiation Chemistry and Dosimetry is celebrating its 50th anniversary and the introduction of the ethanol-chlorobenzene dosimetry system into ICRU report is by all means one of the most significant and timely acknowledgments to the Laboratory.

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