Journal article

High-resolution measurements of small field beams using polymer gels

CJ Wong, T Ackerly, C He, W Patterson, CE Powell, A Ho, G Qiao, DH Solomon, R Meder, M Geso

APPLIED RADIATION AND ISOTOPES | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

Small field sizes are increasingly becoming important in radiotherapy particularly since the introduction of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) techniques. It is normally a challenging task to reliably measure the delivered dose and to determine its distribution in a medium for such small fields using conventional-type dosimeters such as gas ionisation chambers. Recently, attempts have been made to use films, but they are not tissue equivalent, they measure the dose only in two dimensions and they are not as responsive to radiations. In the present work, polyacrylamide gel (PAG) dosimeters are employed to measure the dose and its distribution in three dimensions for very small fiel..

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