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Initial evaluation of the performance of novel inorganic scintillating detectors for small animal irradiation dosimetry

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dc.contributor.author Byrne, Kevin
dc.contributor.author Alharb, Majed
dc.contributor.author Esplen, Nolan
dc.contributor.author Woulfe, Peter
dc.contributor.author O'Keeffe, Sinéad
dc.contributor.author Bazalova-Carter, Magdalena
dc.contributor.author Foley, Mark
dc.date.accessioned 2020-03-25T12:15:45Z
dc.date.available 2020-03-25T12:15:45Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/8646
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to design and evaluate the performance of four novel inorganic scintillating detectors (ISDs) on the Small Animal Radiation Research Platform (SARRP). Relative scintillator output, measurement repeatability, setup uncertainty, linearity with dose rate, and signal reproducibility over time were investigated. The Gd2O2S:Tb detector had the highest relative signal output, generating up to 219 times more charge than a previously characterized BCF-60based plastic scintillating detector (PSD). The Gd2O2S:Tb detector was then used to measure 220 kVp therapy beam profiles of 10 x 10 and 5 x 5 mm2 fields. Beam profiles using the ZnS-based phosphor were also obtained and compared to investigate the performance of a lower density inorganic scintillator. 10 x 10 and 5 x 5 mm2 therapy beam profile measurements made with the Gd2O2S:Tb and BCF-60 detectors differed, on average, by 1.1% and 1.9%, respectively. The ZnS:Ag measurements differed, on average, by 2.5% and 6% relative to BCF-60 measurements of the 10 x 10 and 5 x 5 mm2 beam profiles, respectively. MicroCT imaging of the detector volumes was also performed, revealing poor packing of the ZnS:Ag crystalline phosphor in the deepest region of the cylindrical cavity. The Gd2O2S:Tb detector, in particular, has proven to be a promising candidate for real-time dosimetry of small fields in small animal irradiators, primarily because of the very large signal intensities observed, along with good repeatability, dose rate linearity, reproducibility and agreement with beam profile measurements made with a previously validated detector. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher IEEE Computer Society en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries IEEE Sensors Journal;
dc.relation.uri https://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JSEN.2020.2964989
dc.rights © 2020 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.” en_US
dc.subject dosimetry en_US
dc.subject optical fibers en_US
dc.subject radiation detectors en_US
dc.subject scintillators en_US
dc.title Initial evaluation of the performance of novel inorganic scintillating detectors for small animal irradiation dosimetry en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1109/JSEN.2020.2964989
dc.contributor.sponsor Irish Association of Physicists in Medicine en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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