Wales PET Scanner
- Client Name
- Wales PET Scanner
- Cardiff University Hospital
- Door Number
- 60 + Hygienic GRP Hinged, Fire/None Fire Rated
- Additional Products
- Lead-Lined, Interlocking
The purpose-built £1.8M Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner is housed at the centre of the hospital premises. Wales PET scanner was built by international technology company GE and the hospital is one of the most advanced of its kind in the UK.
Patients in Wales are benefitting directly from a technology which allows cancer to be spotted at an earlier stage and in much greater detail. The Centre is also a research facility where new scanning and therapeutic techniques will be developed with major partners in international medicine.
Within the specification, the client required hygienic doors that can withstand a field of radiation across the facility.
Dortek have over 40 years’ experience within the healthcare sector designing and modifying standard leaf GRP doors to accommodate the requirements of specialist projects.
An X-Ray GRP door is one of many specialist products manufactured by Dortek for hygienic areas and generally we would be asked for up to 3mm lead lined protection for X-Ray rooms.
The PET Scanner project was unique, as they use specialist X-Ray equipment to produce images of the inside of the body. To overcome these levels of radiation they required 6mm lead protection to all critical areas such as research, recovery and hot toilets. The lead is encapsulated within the door and frame during the moulding process and both the door and frame is completely seamless forming an effective barrier to radiation in all directions.
Due to the radiation throughout the facility, they chose red, green, yellow and orange to colour co-ordinate each area to facilitate ease of operation and identification within each of the departments.
Flush vision panels were also fitted throughout, X-Ray shielding glass was used and manufactured to the exact lead equivalence, ensuring thorough protection whilst being able to observe.
Some specialist requirements including emergency ingress override to areas of WC, were incorporated within the door frame detail to provide access to patients if required.
This project was successfully completed and commissioned in 2011.