Prague Hospital “Na Bulovce” has been been very busy for the past few weeks. The building has been preparing for the arrival of two new linear accelerators. NUVIA CZ contributed to the project by delivering the NuRAD 8200 product. This patented product from NUVIA CZ is going to be part of the shielding built in the area of the hospital where the new linear accelerators are going to be installed.
The is made of a lead-free material used for shielding structures such as walls, bunkers, labyrinths, etc. It can be used when additional shielding in the existing building is required or for temporary usage. It can even be used while designing a new building (such as a hospital): the advantage is that when the requirement for shielding is changed or no longer necessary, the blocks can be easily removed and installed elsewhere.
Apart from being lead-free, the big advantage of this system is that it is “dry construction”: no mortar is necessary. Examples of where NuRAD 8200 has been successfully installed include the ELI Beamlines in Dolní Břežany, Czech Republic, as well as for the production of radiopharmaceuticals in close proximity to patients, on a Japanese site. Therefore, NuRAD 8200 has a large range of applications: not only in scientific organisations, but also in hospitals or directly in radiation centres. It is especially beneficial for existing buildings and facilities thanks to its modularity, its dry and clean structure.
NuRAD 8200 has also been delivered to several hospitals in Romania, where the shielding bricks are going to be used for similar purposes as in Hospital “Na Bulovce” in Prague. Because of new developments in nuclear medicine and the increased need for treatments with ionising radiation, we are expecting to tackle many new opportunities for NuRAD 8200 on this specific market and effectively participate in the implementation of ALARA.