Attenuation of diagnostic energy photons by polymer gel dosimeters

  • Trapp J
  • Michael G
  • de Deene Y
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Abstract

Post-irradiation changes in the linear attenuation coefficient, mu, of polymer gel dosimeters give rise to a change which can be measured with x-ray computed tomography. Polymer gel dosimeters were manufactured consisting of 3% (by weight) acrylamide and 3% N,N'-methylene-bis-acrylamide comonomers dissolved in aqueous gelatin (5% gelatin by total weight and 89% de-ionized distilled water). Mu was measured in a collimated radiation beam of photons from an 241Am source. Density, rho, of polymer gel dosimeters was measured using volumetric flasks with capillary stoppers. The measured post-irradiation data of mu was plotted against the data of rho for different batches, and linear least squares fits gave r2 values of 0.99605 and 0.99953, with P values of less than 0.001. This confirms that the post-irradiation change in mu is proportional to that of rho. The change in rho implies a change in volume regardless of the evaluation modality of the polymer gel dosimeter.

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Authors

  • J. V. Trapp

  • G. Michael

  • Y. de Deene

  • C. Baldock

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