Dosimetry in clinical static magnetic fields using plastic scintillation detectors

S. Stefanowicz, H. Latzel, Lars René Lindvold, Claus Erik Andersen, O. Jäkel, S. Greilich

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    Abstract

    To further improve the accuracy of dose delivery to the patient, several projects are pursuing the integration of linear accelerators with magnetic resonance imaging systems. Generally, this is conceived as the next generation of image-guided radiotherapy. For technical and physical reason it is, however, not clear yet how dosimetry will be conducted as standard methods and might not be easily transferred to systems with clinical magnetic fields.
    For dosimetry in MRI accelerators, we have tested plastic scintillation detectors (PSD) coupled to optical fibers. They are suitable for real-time and in-vivo dosimetry in radiation treatments and diagnostics and could be, being all-optical, promising candidates for this application. To study the basic feasibility of using PSDs with organic scintillators in magnetic fields, we measured the response of these dosimeters in presence of magnetic fields up to 1 T. In conclusion, we found some deviations up to 7% of the supposed signal. Although the scintillators are of much denser material, we measured the same behavior in signal as in (Meijsing et al., 2009) for a Farmer ionization chamber or as in (Raaijmakers et al., 2007) for films described which indicates radiation field effect rather than changes in the detected response itself. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalRadiation Measurements
    Volume56
    Pages (from-to)357-360
    ISSN1350-4487
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event8th International Conference on Luminescent Detectors and Transformers of Ionizing Radiation - Halle, Germany
    Duration: 10 Sep 201314 Sep 2013
    Conference number: 8
    http://www.contoo.de/c/lumdetr2012/

    Conference

    Conference8th International Conference on Luminescent Detectors and Transformers of Ionizing Radiation
    Number8
    CountryGermany
    CityHalle
    Period10/09/201314/09/2013
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    Keywords

    • Scintillation dosimetry
    • Plastic scintillation detector (PSD)
    • Scintillation light
    • Image-guided radiotherapy
    • MRI accelerator

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