Optimisation of an EPR dosimetry system for robust and high precision dosimetry
2014 (English)In: Radiation Measurements, ISSN 1350-4487, Vol. 70, 21-28 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Clinical applications of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) dosimetry systems demand high accuracy causing time consuming analysis. The need for high spatial resolution dose measurements in regions with steep dose gradients demands small sized dosimeters. An optimization of the analysis was therefore needed to limit the time consumption. The aim of this work was to introduce a new smaller lithium formate dosimeter model (diameter reduced from standard diameter 4.5 mm to 3 mm and height from 4.8 mm to 3 mm). To compensate for reduced homogeneity in a batch of the smaller dosimeters, a method for individual sensitivity correction suitable for EPR dosimetry was tested. Sensitivity and repeatability was also tested for a standard EPR resonator and a super high Q (SHQE) one. The aim was also to optimize the performance of the dosimetry system for better efficiency regarding measurement time and precision. A systematic investigation of the relationship between measurement uncertainty and number of readouts per dosimeter was performed. The conclusions drawn from this work were that it is possible to decrease the dosimeter size with maintained measurement precision by using the SHQE resonator and introducing individual calibration factors for dosimeter batches. It was also shown that it is possible reduce the number of readouts per dosimeter without significantly decreasing the accuracy in measurements.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2014. Vol. 70, 21-28 p.
EPR; ESR; Lithium formate; High precision dosimetry; High spatial resolution dosimetry
Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-111088DOI: 10.1016/j.radmeas.2014.08.013ISI: 000345110700005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-111088DiVA: diva2:753198