The OSL (optically stimulated luminescence) based Sunna film containing a microcrystalline dispersion of LIF in a polymer matrix has been recently introduced for high-dose dosimetry. Our previous investigations revealed the applicability of the system in the dose range of 0.01-100 kGy, but irradiation temperature and dose rate effects above 5 kGy reduced its usefulness. The recent discovery of the use of spectrophotometric analysis in the UV range for measuring doses above 5 kGy is a suitable option, while the OSL analysis can be applied for measuring lower doses due to the lack of temperature effect on the response of the film below 1 kGy. The film can be applied both in gamma and electron fields, although its response to the two types of radiation is somewhat different. No significant effects of UV light and humidity have been found, and effects of irradiation temperature are only significant in the case of OSL analysis for doses above 5 kGy. The applicability of two types of Sunna films in electron and gamma radiation processing is discussed in the paper. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.