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PNRI Nuclear Services Division Chief Dr. Preciosa Corazon Pabroa and Radiation Protection Services Section Head Ms. Kristine Marie Romallosa-Dean (2nd row, 5th and 4th from left, respectively) joins the RPSS staff and other guests at the new Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratory inaugurated on June 28, 2022.

PNRI opens new Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratory

To better serve the needs of workers occupationally exposed to radiation across the country, the DOST - Philippine Nuclear Research Institute has recently inaugurated its new Secondary Standard Dosimetry Laboratory (SSDL) on June 28, 2022 at the PNRI compound in Quezon City.

As part of the National Measurement Infrastructure System, the SSDL establishes and maintains the national standards for ionizing radiation measurement in the Philippines

These standards are necessary for the calibration of field instruments used to detect radiation in workplaces such as hospitals or factories.

The new facility will allow for more capabilities and bigger laboratories to help address existing and future customer needs.

Among these customers are professionals in the medical and industrial sectors who are working with facilities involving radioactive materials and radiation-generating equipment, such as x-ray machines, linear accelerators, and density gauges, among others.

The PNRI-SSDL now has four irradiation rooms and has new facilities for various radiation qualities: neutron, beta, photon (Cs-137), narrow spectrum series radiation qualities, and internal dosimetry.

Among the new upgrades include a) an automated and high intensity Cs-137 calibration system, b) constant potential X-ray irradiation system for low energy protection level and diagnostic level calibrations, c) whole body counter for internal dose monitoring and d) beta irradiation system.

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The new facility will allow for more capabilities and bigger laboratories to help address existing and future customer needs. The PNRI-SSDL now has four irradiation rooms and has new facilities for various radiation qualities: neutron, beta, photon (Cs-137), narrow spectrum series radiation qualities, and internal dosimetry.