Calibration of PADC-based neutron area dosemeters in the neutron field produced in the treatment room of a medical LINAC

R. Bedogni, C. Domingo, A. Esposito, A. Gentile, M. J. García-Fusté, M. De-San-Pedro, L. Tana, F. D'Errico, R. Ciolini, A. Di Fulvio

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Abstract

PADC-based nuclear track detectors have been widely used as convenient ambient dosemeters in many working places. However, due to the large energy dependence of their response in terms of ambient dose equivalent (H L(10)) and to the diversity of workplace fields in terms of energy distribution, the appropriate calibration of these dosemeters is a delicate task. These are among the reasons why ISO has introduced the 12789 Series of Standards, where the simulated workplace neutron fields are introduced and their use to calibrate neutron dosemeters is recommended. This approach was applied in the present work to the UAB PADC-based nuclear track detectors. As a suitable workplace, the treatment room of a 15 MV Varian CLINAC DHX medical accelerator, located in the Ospedale S. Chiara (Pisa), was chosen. Here the neutron spectra in two points of tests (1.5 m and 2 m from the isocenter) were determined with the INFN-LNF Bonner Sphere Spectrometer equipped with Dysprosium activation foils (Dy-BSS), and the values of HL(10) were derived on this basis. The PADC dosemeters were exposed in these points. Their workplace specific H*(10) responses were determined and compared with those previously obtained in different simulated workplace or reference (ISO 8529) neutron fields. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-81
JournalRadiation Measurements
Volume50
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013

Keywords

  • Activation foils
  • Bonner spheres
  • CR-39
  • Dysprosium
  • FRUIT unfolding code
  • Medical LINAC
  • Neutron dosimetry
  • Neutron spectrometry
  • PADC

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    Bedogni, R., Domingo, C., Esposito, A., Gentile, A., García-Fusté, M. J., De-San-Pedro, M., Tana, L., D'Errico, F., Ciolini, R., & Di Fulvio, A. (2013). Calibration of PADC-based neutron area dosemeters in the neutron field produced in the treatment room of a medical LINAC. Radiation Measurements, 50, 78-81. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radmeas.2012.04.009