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Dosimetric characterization of an inorganic optical fiber sensor for external beam radiation therapy
Alharbi, Majed; Gillespie, Sean; Woulfe, Peter; McCavana, Pat; O'Keeffe, Sinéad; Foley, Mark
The aim of this study was to investigate the dosimetric performance of a novel optical fiber sensor for use in external beam radiation therapy. Repeatability and reproducibility of the output signal, linearity, dose rate and dose per pulse dependence were evaluated. Angular dependence was investigated in the axial and azimuthal planes. The percentage depth dose and lateral dose profiles were measured using the optical fiber sensor system and compared to commercially available detectors such as Exradin W1 plastic scintillator and a PTW-microdiamond detector. The result of this study show that the optical fiber sensor system has good repeatability and reproducibility of the output signal with a maximum deviation of 0.17% and 1.00%, respectively. The system also showed an excellent linearity with dose, and its signal was independent of dose rate. However, the systemshowed a strong dependence on dose per pulse with 27% deviation from the W1 result at the highest dose per pulse value that was achieved at 75 cm source to surface distance. The system also showed an angular dependence when the incident beam was in the azimuthal plane due to the geometry of the scintillator at the tip of the fiber. The optical fiber sensor over-responded when measuring percentage depth dose curves and lateral dose profiles due in part to the sensitivity of the scintillating material (Gd2O2S:Tb) to low energy scattered radiation. However, further investigation is needed to quantify the overall contribution of Cerenkov radiation to the over-response of the optical fiber sensor.
Keyword(s): external beam radiation therapy; inorganic optical fiber sensor; radiation dosimetry
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: University of Limerick
Funder(s): Science Foundation Ireland
Citation(s): SFI
IEEE Sensors Journal;
Publisher(s): IEEE Computer Society
First Indexed: 2019-01-05 06:28:06 Last Updated: 2019-01-05 06:28:06