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The NORMAN phantom vs. the BOMAB phantom: are they different?

Kramer, Gary H.; Capello, Kevin; Phan, Quoc*

doi: 10.1097/01.HP.0000298927.60209.dd

This paper describes the implementation of the NORMAN phantom with the Human Monitoring Laboratory's Monte Carlo simulator, the problems that were encountered, and their solution. The NORMAN phantom has been compared with the reference man BOMAB phantom in three different whole body counting geometries: a scanning detector system (WBC1), and two stand-up whole body counters (WBC2, WBC3) that have different reference points for their counting geometry. The average agreement (taken over all energies) of the two phantoms is approximately a factor of 1.15 on any given counting system. For the first two systems (WBC1, WBC2) the BOMAB has the highest counting efficiency, whereas it is reversed on the third system (WBC3). Considering the differences between the two phantoms, the agreement is good. Health Phys. 94(4):355–361; 2008

* Human Monitoring Laboratory, Radiation Surveillance and Health Assessment Division, Radiation Protection Bureau, 775 Brookfield Road, PL6302D1, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 1C1.

For correspondence contact G. H. Kramer at the above address, or email at

(Manuscript accepted 26 October 2007)

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