Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation of the inner bore of a CT gantry

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Abstract

Purpose: To investigate the feasibility and practicality of ultraviolet (UV) germicidal irradiation of the inner bore of a computed tomography (CT) gantry as a means of viral decontamination. Method: A UV lamp (PADNUT 38 W, 253 nm UV-C light tube) and UV-C dosimeter (GENERAL UV-C Digital Light Meter No. UV512C) were used to measure irradiance throughout the inner bore of a CT scanner gantry. Irradiance (units μW/cm2) was related to the time required to achieve 6-log viral kill (10−6 survival fraction). Results: A warm-up time of ~120 s was required for the lamp to reach stable irradiance. Irradiance at the scan plane (z = 0 cm) of the CT scanner was 580.9 μW/cm2, reducing to ~350 μW/cm2 at z = ±20 cm toward the front or back of the gantry. The angular distribution of irradiation was uniform within 10% coefficient of variation. A conservative estimate suggests at least 6-log kill (survival fraction ≤ 10−6) of viral RNA within ±20 cm of the scan plane with an irradiation time of 120 s from cold start. More conservatively, running the lamp for 180 s (3 min) or 300 s (5 min) from cold start is estimated to yield survival fraction <<10−7 survival fraction within ±20 cm of the scan plane. Conclusion: Ultraviolet irradiation of the inner bore of the CT gantry can be achieved with a simple UV-C lamp attached to the CT couch. Such practice could augment manual wipe-down procedures, improve safety for CT technologists or housekeeping staff, and could potentially reduce turnover time between scanning sessions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-328
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of applied clinical medical physics
Volume21
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • coronavirus
  • germicidal irradiation
  • hygiene
  • medical imaging
  • ultraviolet
  • viral decontamination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Instrumentation
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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