The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has marked the opening of a new linear accelerator (linac) facility at its laboratories in Seibersdorf.
IAEA said the new facility would "significantly increase" the Agency’s capacity to provide dosimetry services and support cancer control worldwide and would contribute to strengthened procedures in radiation safety and support research in new codes of practice in radiotherapy.
The opening of the faclity marks a major milestone in the Renovation of the Nuclear Applications Laboratories (ReNuAL) project, focusing on modernising the laboratories in Seibersdorf, near Vienna.
The Dosimetry Laboratory is the central laboratory of the IAEA/World Health Organisation (WHO) network of Secondary Standard Dosimetry Laboratories (SSDLs). It is primarily focused on services provided to member states through the IAEA/WHO SSDL network and dosimetry quality audits for hospitals. The measurement standards of IAEA member states are calibrated, free of charge, at the Laboratory.
Photo: Opening ceremony of the new linear accelerator facility at the Nuclear Applications Laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)