PCXMC - A PC-based Monte Carlo program for calculating patient doses in medical x-ray examinations
Starting from 1. March 2012 PCXMC 2.0 is delivered together with an additional version, which has a rotation geometry-based user interface (PCXMC20Rotation)
PCXMC is a computer program for calculating patients' organ doses and effective doses in medical x-ray examinations (radiography and fluoroscopy). The doses are calculated in 29 organs and tissues and the program calculates the effective dose with both the present tissue weighting factors of ICRP Publication 103 (2007) and the old tissue weighting factors of ICRP Publication 60 (1991). The program incorporates adjustable-size paediatric and adult patient models and allows a free choice of the x-ray examination technique. Calculated organ doses can now also be used for the assessment of cancer risk resulting from the radiation exposure. The risk estimates are based on the models of the BEIR VII committee (BEIR 2006).
The program is based on the Monte Carlo method, and it is intended to be simple to use. The user only needs to enter the examination data. The user interface includes graphic displays for visual checking of proper examination conditions.
PCXMC has been developed by STUK (Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority in Finland) for its own research purposes, but the program is also available for others at the price of EUR 750 (VAT not included).
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