This paper describes the effect on over 3,000 sets of internal dose estimates of using photon Specific Absorbed Fractions (SAFs) calculated using two different types of phantoms, specifically the MIRD-type anthropomorphic phantom originally developed by Snyder and the new adult male voxel phantom, GOLEM, developed at GSF. The SAFs based on the MIRD-type phantom are currently used by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) in internal dose calculations, but there are suggestions of moving towards SAFs generated from voxel phantoms, thus there is an interest in the potential differences in internal doses. Overall, it is found that some tissue doses calculated using the voxel phantoms can differ significantly from those of the MIRD-type phantom; however, the effective dose appears to be quite robust to changes in photon SAFs.
- Computer calculations
- Effective dose