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Software ModeSAL for Quality Control
of Radiation Processing
User Manual
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Introduction
The computer technology for simulation of practical tasks in radiation sterilization
process in accordance with Method 1, Standard ISO 11137 and IAEA Code of Practice
was developed. The technology was realized on the base of the RT-Office modules for
modeling by Monte Carlo method of an absorbed dose in an irradiated heterogeneous
targets with electron beam (EB), X-ray and gamma-ray and specialized software
ModeSAL.
The software ModeSAL is intended for simulation and comparative analysis of a
sterility assurance level (SAL) and a sterilizing dose for bioburden to achieve a required
SAL in an irradiated product.
The mathematical approach of the technology is based on the detailed and precise
consideration of a self-consistent physical and geometrical models of calculation an EB,
X-ray and gamma-ray dose maps in an irradiated product, a SAL, a sterilizing dose and
the spatial and time uncertainties for dose provided to an irradiated product.
1. Motivation
Radiation sterilization process of health care products is well established technology
and becomes one of the continuously growing branches of radiation processing. Quality
Assurance and Quality Control (QA&QC) for all procedures of radiation sterilization is
regulated by standards ISO 11137, ISO 13485 [1,2]. For determination of the sterilization
dose for required sterility assurance level (SAL) of microbial population on/in an
irradiated product, the mathematical model and methods simulation 1 and 2 were
developed and experimentally verified [1,3,4,5]. The methods are based on a probability
model for the inactivation of microbial population.
The features of mathematical model which is used in the Method 1 are following [4,5]:
• the probability of microbial survival within the population diminishes exponentially with
increasing radiation treatment of product by EB, X-ray or gamma-ray;
• the inactivation of any one type of microorganism contributing to the bioburden of the
product units can be described by its own unique D10 value, where D10 is characterize the
radiation resistance of microbes. D10 is the radiation dose that will reduce a microbial
population by 90%;
• the probability of survival of population from N microbes (bioburden) at irradiation is
determined by binomial low;
• the number of microbes on/in product unit is defined by Poisson distribution.
In this model, it is suggested that dose value in all product volume during time of
irradiation is constant. The constant is chosen as minimum value of an absorbed dose
(Dmin) in the dose map of an irradiated product. Dmin is called as a sterilization dose. The
value of sterilization dose (Dmin) required to achieve a given SAL for average bioburden
of microbial population with standard distribution of resistances (SDR) are presented in
the Tables form in the ISO 11137 and IAEA Code [1,3].
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The mathematical model for calculation a sterilization dose do not take into
consideration the spatial non-uniformity of absorbed dose in an irradiated materials and
the uncertainties of irradiation process on results sterilization. It is well known, that under
irradiation with EB, X-ray or gamma-ray of heterogeneous targets near the boundaries of
contacting materials with different density and/or atomic number an appearance of
anomalies in a dose map is observed [6,7]. Under products sterilization, the characteristics
of radiation facility can be fluctuated and changed during time irradiation. These effects
can be essential influence on the probability of microbial survival and on a sterilizing dose
value. Authors developed the computer methodology for simulation of practical tasks in
radiation sterilization process based on the detailed and precise consideration of a selfconsistent physical and geometrical models for simulation EB, X-ray and gamma-ray
dose maps in irradiated product, the uncertainties of irradiation process, a SAL and a
sterilizing dose [8].
The objective of this study was the detailed computer analysis of influence of the
space non-uniformity of EB absorbed dose distribution in irradiated products and the
uncertainties of irradiation process on characteristics of EB sterilization process.
Computation Approach to Decision of Practical Tasks
in Radiation Sterilization Process
Authors have developed the information system for analysis and optimization of
problem tasks of the radiation sterilization process on the base of specialized simulation
modules of Radiation Technological Office (RT-Office) [6].
The system includes the RT-Office modules for simulation of an absorbed dose in
irradiated targets with electron beam (EB), X-ray and gamma-ray and specialized
software ModeSAL [8]. The software ModeSAL is intended for simulation and
comparative analysis of a SAL and a sterilizing dose for bioburden in an irradiated
product. The ModeSAL code is a scientific tool which is accessible for broad audience of
users, such as microbiologists, dosimetrists, physicists, and other specialists working with
radiation sterilization tasks.
Some practical tasks which can be decided with help of the ModeSAL code are as
follows:
1. Software ModeSAL allows calculate the sterilized dose required to achieve a given
SAL for an arbitrary values of average bioburden having SDR on the base of Dmin
accordingly Method 1 ISO 11137 and IAEA Code.
It means that:
• for all values average bioburden from the Tables of ISO 11137 and IAEA Code having
SDR, the data calculated by ModeSAL and the Tables data are in an absolute
agreement;
• for an arbitrary values of average bioburden having SDR and which are absent in the
Table, the Software ModeSAL calculates exactly the value of sterilized dose required to
achieve a given SAL. I.e. in this case, user can use these data without interpolation of the
Table 5 data.
2. Software ModeSAL allows calculate the sterilized dose required to achieve a given
SAL for an arbitrary values of average bioburden having any distribution of resistances
on the base of Dmin accordingly Method 1 ISO 11137 and IAEA Code.
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It is useful in case, when user works with known dangerous viruses or known microbial
populations which are differed from SDR, for example, in case of bioterrorism (anthrax,
bird’s influenza, etc.). User can take the value of microbial resistances for dangerous
viruses, for example from “Database on Microbial Resistance to Radiation”, and enter as
input data to the Software ModeSAL [10]. With help of the Software ModeSAL user can
made PC experiment to estimate the necessary absorbed dose and radiation facility
parameters to eliminate the known dangerous viruses or known microbial populations.
3. Software ModeSAL allows calculate the sterilized dose required to achieve a given
SAL for an arbitrary values of average bioburden having any distribution of resistances
on the base of Dmin accordingly Method 1 ISO 11137 and IAEA Code with due regard
for:
• an uncertainty effect of absorbed dose and of parameters of process irradiation;
• an uncertainty effect in a composition and in radiation resistances of microbial
population.
4. Software ModeSAL allows calculate the sterilized dose required to achieve a given
SAL for above points 1, 2, and 3 with regard to the dose distribution in an irradiated
product. Comparison of calculation results on the base of Dmin accordingly Method 1
ISO 11137 and IAEA Code with regard to the dose distribution in an irradiated product
allows to estimate the “safety factors” for mathematical models which are used in the
Standard ISO 11137 and in the Software ModeSAL.
Analysis and solution of problem tasks in radiation sterilization technology were
performed as follows:
• The RT-Office modules for specific EB, X-ray and gamma-ray radiation facility and
irradiated products optimize a thickness of irradiated products, a configuration of package
for the product, the method of irradiation as one- or two-sided types, the choice of
irradiation regimes.
• The RT-Office modules simulate a profile of an absorbed dose map in an irradiated
product for optimal irradiation regimes.
• Simulation prediction for the dose map should be periodically verified in special
dosimetric experiments.
• The output results for EB, X-ray and gamma-ray processing simulated with the RTOffice modules for an absorbed dose in forms of probability distribution and space
distribution (dose map) are used directly as input data for the software ModeSAL;
• The software ModeSAL determines the sterilization dose and scale factor for
parameters of radiation facility to achieve a required SAL for microbial population on/in
an irradiated product in accordance with Method 1 ISO 11137 or IAEA Code. The
software ModeSAL decides as well known and established tasks, so the specific practical
tasks in radiation sterilization technology.
• The RT-Office modules optimize the operational parameters of radiation facility on the
base of scale factor data.
Such execution sequence of work provides a computer technology for sterilization
process in accordance with Method 1 ISO 11137 and IAEA Code with regard to the
spatial and time uncertainties for dose delivery to irradiated product.
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The Features of Sterilization Process Under Spatially Non-Uniform
Dose Distribution
The results of EB absorbed dose in an irradiated target simulated with the software
ModeStEB are used as input data for the software ModeSAL.
The features of mathematical model of the software ModeSAL are the following:
• The generalized stochastic model of radiation sterilization process is developed.
• The basic stochastic parameters proper in the modern radiation technologies are taken
into account.
• To such stochastic parameters refer to: the bioburden in a product and in its separate
parts; a spatial distribution of microbes in a product; a spatial dose distribution in an
irradiated product; uncertainties because of nonstability of radiation facility parameters
in time of irradiation; operational characteristics of radiation facility required to achieve a
given SAL.
The feature of the theoretical approach at development of the generalized stochastic
model of radiation sterilization process is introduction of the scale factor (SF). SF is the
basic characteristic of change of an irradiation process for the analysis of uncertainties
effect. It is well-known, that the dose map depends on major number of parameters of an
irradiation process. For example, beam current, energy of ionizing particles, width of
scanning, conveyer speed, as well as the characteristics of irradiated product are related to
the basic operational parameters which are influenced on the dose map.
However, if we are interested the uncertainties related only with irradiation system, it
is logical to assume, that profile of an absorbed dose distribution will change much less
than a dose value in separate points. I.e. small changes of irradiation facility parameters
basically results in proportional (scale) change of a dose value in all points of the dose
map. This fact is obvious for basic operational irradiation parameters, such as a beam
current and a conveyor speed. Less obviously, however, with good precision it refers to
both to scanning width and to distance from exit window of accelerator to irradiated
object. Concerning changes of a dose map at change of energy of ionizing particles, this
supposition generally is not valid.
Thus the radiation interaction with a product in the stochastic model is described by
some dose map, for which all changes are considered as proportional to a SF value.
Consequently, stochastic uncertainty is easily reduced to uncertainty of SF value. The
statistical distribution of a SF is supposed as a normal distribution. Therefore, a value of
one standard deviation of SF is selected as characteristic of statistical uncertainty for
specific radiation processing.
The computer technology represents a simulation results in a graphical and tabular
forms. That provides cognitive and comparative analysis of influence of uncertainty
values of radiation processing and bioburden characteristics on a SAL of irradiated
product.
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EB Dose Mapping in Heterogeneous Target
As example, for decision of some practical tasks in sterilization technology, the EB
sterilized process was analyzed with the use software ModeStEB for simulation of EB
absorbed dose in heterogeneous targets [9, 11]. The software ModeStEB was specially
designed for simulation by a Monte Carlo method in 3D model of the absorbed dose and
charge distributions within multilayer packages irradiated with scanned EB on industrial
radiation facility that is based on the pulsed or continuous type of electron accelerators in
the electron energy range from 0.1 to 25 MeV.
The self-consistent physical and geometrical models of the program ModeStEB
include in detail the features of electron beam transport and dose field formation in the
multi-layer targets. The feature of the software ModeStEB is unique high running speed
of calculation schemes. It is reached due to use of specially developed algorithm on the
basis of a method of translation of an electron trajectory and an optimum choice of free
parameters of modeling.
Multi-layer target consists of some identical packages with flat sheets of materials
with various density and atomic number. The number of packages are in the range from
1 to 10. The number of layers in the each package with various geometrical sizes are in
the range from 1 to 6. Multi-layer target with/without packing box can be located on the
conveyer platform horizontal, vertical or under arbitrary angle relatively incident EB axis.
The software ModeStEB use as input data a detailed characteristics of radiation
facility and irradiated target including:
Parameters of electron beam - average beam current, or pulse duration and repetition
rate in pulsed accelerators, electron energy spectrum, beam diameter and spatial
distribution of the beam intensity.
Parameters of scanned system - modes of operation - the triangular or non-diverging
irradiation treatment field in target material; height of scan horn and width of scanning;
distance scan - conveyer; form of current in magnet of scanned system; repetition
frequency of scanning.
Parameters of conveyer line - speed and geometrical characteristics.
Parameters of irradiated product - geometrical characteristics of the irradiated
product; elemental composition of the target; material and size of the covering for
irradiated product.
The software ModeStEB provides users with data set in the graphic and tabular form
for dose map and charge deposition within each layer of the multi-layer target irradiated
with a scanned EB. The output results for EB absorbed dose in an irradiated target are
represented in forms of probability distribution and space distribution (dose map). The
results for EB absorbed dose in multi-layer target were directly used as input data for the
software ModeSAL for further analysis of radiation sterilization process.
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Some simulation results
Fig.1 represent the form of the software ModeSAL with loaded input data of EB
absorbed dose for calculation of SAL and sterilized dose. The absorbed dose in an EB
irradiated target was simulated by software ModeStEB. The absorbed dose is represented
in form of probability distribution (graphs and Table) and space distribution (see Fig.1,
left side).
There is a possibility to calculate, analyze and compare results for microbial
population with SDR taken from ISO 11137-2, 2006 and IAEA Code, for distributions of
resistances MD1-MD20 taken from the paper, as well as on the base of any microbial
population for which a distribution of resistances can be enter as input data by manually
(see Fig.1, Table, right side) [5].
Fig.1. The forms with input data on absorbed dose in PE block under one-sided
irradiation with scanned 10 MeV electron beam on moving conveyer.
3D view - dose map, 2D view and Table data – probability distribution of absorbed dose.
The results of SF, Dmax and Dmin calculation as function of average bioburden (Av.B)
for microbial population with distributions of resistances MD15 are presented in Fig.2.
Microbial population is located on/in PE block under two-sided irradiation with 10MeV
electron beam. Calculations were made on the base of EB dose map presented in Fig.1.
for Av.B = 1000, SAL=10-6 and uncertainties ±5% the SF = 0.4956. It is necessary to
change the operational parameters of EB radiation facility (EB current, conveyer
speed,…) on SF = 0.4956 value to achieve a required SAL=10-6.
The calculations results for comparative analysis of a SAL and a sterilizing dose for
microbial population with distributions of resistances both as SDR and MD15 types for
Av.B = 1000 in two-sided irradiated product with 10MeV EB are presented in Fig.3.
Calculations were made for non-uniform dose distribution of EB presented in Fig.1. As it
is seen from Fig.3, for microbial population MD15 at calculated SF = 0.4956 and
uncertainties ±5% , the SAL=10-6 for Av.B = 1000.
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Fig.2. The values of Dmax, Dmin and SF as function of average bioburden for microbial
population MD15 in graphical and tubular forms. PE block is two-sided irradiated with
10 MeV electron beam.
Fig.3. The values of SAL as function of average bioburden for microbial populations SDR
in graphical form and MD15 in graphical and tubular forms. PE block is two-sided
irradiated with 10 MeV EB, Av.B = 1000, SF = 0.4956, and uncertainties ±5%.
The results of comparative analysis of values of SF and EB sterilized dose for
microbial populations with distributions of resistances both as SDR and MD15 types
calculated on the base of Dmin and dose map PE block under two-sided irradiation with
10MeV with 10MeV EB are presented in the Table.
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Table. The results of comparative analysis of values of SF and EB sterilized dose
for microbial populations SDR and MD15 calculated on the base of Dmin and dose map.
Microbia
Unc,
l
%
populatio
n
0
SDR
10
MD15
0
10
SF
0,5715
0,6218
0,4852
0,5332
Dose map (P),
kGy
SDmin SDmax
20.04
21,8
17,01
18,7
27.87
30,32
23,66
26,0
SF
Dose min
(N), kGy
SDmin SDmax
0,709 24,86
0,775 27,18
0,5968 20,9
0,6601 23,14
34,57
37,8
29,1
32,19
The analysis of results represented in Fig.3 and the Table data shows, that for
microbial populations of SDR and MD15 types in all range of average bioburden the SAL
value calculated on the base of suggestion, that Dmin is constant in all irradiated product
volume, is greater than the SAL calculated on the base of a spatial EB dose distribution in
the irradiated product. It follows from these results that value of EB sterilizing dose in
case of calculation on the base of Dmin is greater in comparison with calculation of
sterilizing dose on the base of dose map in an irradiated product. Taking into account the
uncertainties due to fluctuation of irradiation parameters leads to increasing of sterilizing
dose value. Irradiation regime on the base of Dmin concept leads to overdosing of the
sterilized product. And as result, it can reduce the throughput and worsen quality of the
products.
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Software ModeSAL. How to get results
Entering of input data
• Click the "SAL studio" button in the Main Form of Software
ModeSAL. (see Fig.1).
The Form for entering of input data will be opened
(see Fig.2).
Fig.1. Main Form of Software ModeSAL.
• Select the directory "SAL file”, “Results file”, or “Testing”, with working files of input
data in the window “Load data”.
• Click the button “Load data”. The selected directory will be opened.
• Then Select and load any file from these directories. (see Fig.3).
• The Form with input data from the loaded file will be opened for calculation
(see Fig.3, example from the loaded file “ModePEB.sal”).
Fig.2. The Form of the Software ModeSAL for entering of input data.
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Fig.3. The Form with input data from the loaded file “ModePEB.sal”. Input data on absorbed
dose in PE block under one-sided irradiation with scanned 10 MeV electron beam on moving
conveyer.
• The frame “Space distribution” (see Fig.3 – left side) present the results of characteristics of EB
dose map in irradiated target, including Dose minimum, Dose maximum, Average dose, Dose
Uniformity Ratio.
3D view - dose map, 2D view and Table data – probability distribution of absorbed dose.
• After loading the files from the directories "SAL file” and "Testing” the button with sign “Eye”
will appear near the button “Load data” (see Fig.3)).
• Click the button “Eye”.
The Table with all input data which were used for EB dose map simulation will be open
(see Fig.4)).
Fig.4. Table with input data which were used for EB dose map simulation.
Note.
The files “*.sal” type are stored in the directory "SAL file”.
The files “*.mon” type are stored in the directory " Results file”.
The files “*.sal” and “*.mon” types present the results of MC simulation of Dose Map in targets
irradiated with scanned electron, X-ray or Gamma ray beams on moving conveyer.
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These files were prepared with specialized simulation modules of RT-Office: ModeRTL,
ModePEB, ModeXR, ModeSXR, ModeGR,….
The software ModeSAL and ModeRTL, ModePEB, ModeXR, ModeSXR, ModeGR,…. are the
simulation modulus of the RTOffice. Input and output data for all simulation modulus of the
RTOffice are self-consistent between themselves.
The files “*.tst” type are stored in the directory "Testing”. These files with special form of the Dose
Map in an irradiated target were prepared manually.
Selection of the distribution resistances for calculation and analysis.
Frame “Distribution of resistances” (see Fig.3 – right side).
You can calculate, make analysis and compare results for:
• standard distributions of resistances (SDR) taken from ISO 11137-2, 2006,
• distributions of resistances MD1-MD20 taken from the paper - A.Tallentire,
Rad.Phys.&Chem, 98, 83-94,
• as well as on the base of any distributions of resistances which can be enter as input data
manually.
For do it, Select the window “Edit Table” with a tick and Create Table manually (see Fig.3)).
Selection of the calculation regimes.
The Form for selection of calculation regimes is located in the down right corner
of the Form with input data (See Figs. 3 and 5).
Fig.5. The Form for selection of calculation regimes.
You can decide and calculate the direct task:
Calculation of SAL on the base of probability distribution for EB absorbed dose in an irradiated
target and on the base of spatial distribution (dose Map) for EB absorbed dose in an irradiated
target.
• Select “Use probability distribution” or “Use space distribution” with a tick.
• Click the button “Dmin, Dmax→SAL”
You can decide and calculate the inverse task:
Calculation of the Scale Factor (S.F.) on the base of probability distribution for EB absorbed dose
and on the base of spatial distribution (dose Map) for EB absorbed dose.
• Select “Use probability distribution” or “Use space distribution” with a tick.
• Click the button ““SAL → Dmin, Dmax ”.