A large increase in the use of MagnaDense concrete for radiation shielding projects in Poland can be noticed since 2010 when SURICO, a Polish company specialised in radiation shielding, started to offer magnetite for high density concrete.

Polish introduction of MagnaDense concrete

Marcin Surosz, CEO at SURICO, explains, “When it comes to medical applications, and in particular megavolt radiotherapy, the use of heavy concrete begins in the 1980s. During those times the development of concrete technology allowed concrete densities above 3 g/cm3. Back in the days, the use of barite as a component of heavy concrete became widespread. Since 2010, SURICO started to offer barriers made of magnetite concrete. Thanks to proprietary solutions and a series of tests, in 2012 we completed the first project at the Wrocław Technology Park. We noticed that from 2014 magnetite concrete became an equally applied shielding against megavolt radiation.”

Radiation shielding facilities in Poland

Recent years have seen the dynamic development of radiotherapy in Poland. Government programs support these, which has contributed to a greater number of investments. Both public hospitals and private companies carried this out. One of which was the project of building a private veterinary clinic. This clinic has a bunker for radiotherapy for animals, where they mount the 6 MV accelerator. The constructor designed the building with both normal concrete and heavy MagnaDense concrete to optimise costs.

Currently, in Poland, the increasing investments have made sure that the Polish health care system is almost reaching the recommended number of accelerators for the number of inhabitants as indicated by the European Radiotherapy Association.

Cooperation LKAB Minerals and Surico

“Since we supplied our first batch of MagnaDense to Poland, Surico has shown to be a trustworthy partner in radiation shielding project the Eastern European country”, says Marian Zilinsky, Magnetite Sales Manager for Eastern Europe. He continuous, “LKAB Minerals always has the intention to enter into long-term relationships with its customers, and I’m glad to see this fruitful cooperation for both parties”.

“Until now we have worked together in over ten projects in four years’ time,” Mr Surosz confirms, “and we currently have more in the pipeline”.