Texas Children's Hospital - MIBG Therapy Room

Designing a Highly Sensitive Treatment Suite
Houston, Texas

Texas Children's Hospital in Houston opened an I-131 MIBG suite to treat children with high-risk neuroblastoma, a cancerous tumor that begins in the nerve tissue of infants and very young children. Metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) is a compound that can be combined with radioactive iodine (I-131) to provide targeted radiation therapy. During the therapy, patients receive therapeutic doses of MIBG to attack the tumors, which leaves patients radioactive for up to 10 days.




inch lead bricks


inch thick lead glass

Our design of this therapy room includes a three-room suite: a lead-lined patient room, an adjoining room with a lead-lined viewing window where family members can spend the night, and an entry area where clinicians can consult and observe the patient. The room was designed with 3/8-inch thick lead bricks in the walls to meet the requirements of the hospital's radiation physicist. Shielding elements also include sheet lead at the floor and ceiling, lead-lined steel doors; and a viewing window with five-inch thick lead glass. Impervious finishes and seamless materials were used on the floors and walls as a part of mandatory regulation so radioactive traces of the substances can be removed.


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