Investigation of vacuum pumping on the dose response of the MAGAS normoxic polymer gel dosimeter

A. J. Venning, M. L. Mather, C. Baldock

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Abstract

The effect of vacuum pumping on the dose response of the MAGAS polymer gel dosimeter has been investigated. A delay of several days post-manufacture before irradiation was previously necessary due to the slow oxygen scavenging of ascorbic acid. The MAGAS polymer gel dosimeter was vacuum pumped before gelation to remove dissolved oxygen. The MAGAS polymer gel dosimeter was poured into glass screw-top vials, which were irradiated at various times, post-manufacture to a range of doses. Magnetic resonance imaging techniques were used to determine the R₂-dose response and R₂-dose sensitivity of the MAGAS polymer gel. The results were compared with a control batch of MAGAS polymer gel that was not vacuum pumped. It was shown that vacuum pumping on the MAGAS polymer gel solution immediately prior to sealing in glass screw-top vials initially increases the R₂-dose response and R₂-dose sensitivity of the dosimeter. An increase in the R₂-dose response and R₂-dose sensitivity was observed with increasing time between manufacture and irradiation. Over the range of post-manufacture irradiation times investigated, the greatest R₂-dose response and R₂-dose sensitivity occurred at 96 hours.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-110
Number of pages6
JournalAustralasian Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • MAGAS
  • Polymer gel dosimeter
  • R₂-dose response
  • R₂-dose sensitivity
  • Radiation dosimetry
  • Vacuum pumping

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