ORIGIN coordinator Dr Sinéad O’Keeffe has been given the inaugural Outstanding Service Award for Promoting Gender Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Sensors Council.
Since joining the IEEE Sensors Council in 2015, Dr O’Keeffe has led a number of initiatives aimed at promoting the role of women within the organisation and in STEM. She was chair of both the IEEE Women in Sensors and the Diversity and Inclusion Committees and continues to work within them to promote the participation of women and ethnic minority groups within the organisation.
The IEEE Sensors conference provides a forum for research scientists, engineers and practitioners from academia and industry throughout the world to present their latest research findings, ideas and applications in the areas of sensors and sensing. ORIGIN was selected for a live demonstration at the event in October which marked the sensors council 25th anniversary.
VUB, situated in the heart of the bustling city of Brussels, recently played host to ORIGIN’s consortium meeting. The meeting kicked off with a warm welcome and reconnection of ORIGIN partners. Work package teams presented their findings and latest advancements, which was met with lively discussions and the sharing of insights.
This was followed by a tour around VUB’s impressive B-Phot Photonics research and innovation institute, where the ORIGIN sensors were developed and fabricated. Housing state of the art advanced photonics technologies and platforms, ORIGIN researchers observed demonstrations of cutting-edge machinery and learned about some of the many exciting industry collaborations that are ongoing within the insitute.
There was also plenty of time for good food, chats, and optimism for the months ahead.
ORIGIN presents the commissioning and first results of a 16-sensor prototype for real-time in-vivo radiation monitoring during brachytherapy.
The ORIGIN system prototype is based on an array of 16 sensors with an acquisition system to provide real-time patient dose imaging by pulse counting, with a spatial resolution of 0.5mm for HDR and a statistical precision of 5% in 0.1s and 3mm and 5% for LDR in 0.5s over a dose range covering from 1 mGy/s up to 15 Gy/s.
ORIGIN is delighted to share our technical video following a coordinated effort by our consortium members, which involved filming across several countries. The video highlights the clinical need for accurate radiation dose monitoring during brachytherapy treatment and describes how ORIGIN has developed innovative technology to address this need.
Results published in IEEE Sensors clearly demonstrates the feasibility of using a novel optical fibre-based sensor employing an inorganic scintillator, as a real-time in-vivo dosimeter for use in low dose rate (LDR) brachytherapy. The study which uses a water phantom and clinically relevant conditions to precisely evaluate the sensors performance, shows excellent agreement with theoretical expectations. This work marks a significant milestone in the development of an optical fibre-based dosimetry system for use in LDR brachytherapy.