Database of radiological incidents and related events--Johnston's Archive

Rotterdam radiotherapy accident, 1988

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 17 February 2008

Date: 1988

Location: Dr. Daniel den Hoed Cancer Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Type of event: accidental radiotherapy exposure


A patient received an accidental localized overdose during treatment for prostatic cancer. While being treatment with a CGR-Sagittaire accelerator, the patient received localized doses of 1000-2000 rad to the skin of the right half ventral part of the thorax, the head, and the upper arm. The unit had been suffering frequent technical problems. Based on experiments for accident reconstruction, it was concluded that radiation leakage of 400 rad/minute during therapy could account for the injury.

Consequences: 1 injury


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