Radiation protection hutches for scientific facilities


About the development of radiation protection hutches for scientific facilities

When construction began on Sirius, no Brazilian companies offered radiation protection hutches with the specifications required for the experimental stations of this cutting-edge machine. Biotec, a small company in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, received support from FAPESP and FINEP to develop a prototype of the protection hutches that ensure safe conditions for users of this facility. The prototype was a success, and the company was hired to install the hutches at Sirius. Besides meeting this need, the company also identified new areas of activity: it already sees other ways to more broadly benefit society. One example is using the same radiation protection technology in the hutches to improve facilities where radiation therapy is used to treat patients, in both the Brazilian public health system (SUS) as well as private institutions.