Ultrasound evaluation of polymer gel dosimeters

Melissa L. Mather, Andrew K. Whittaker, Clive Baldock

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A new method for the evaluation of radiotherapy 3D polymer gel dosimeters has been developed using ultrasound to assess the significant structural changes that occur following irradiation of the dosimeters. The ultrasonic parameters of acoustic speed of propagation, attenuation and transmitted signal intensity were measured as a function of absorbed radiation dose. The dose sensitivities for each parameter were determined as 1.8 × 10⁻⁴ s m⁻¹ Gy⁻¹ 3.9 dB m⁻¹ Gy⁻¹ and 3.2 V⁻¹ Gy⁻¹ respectively. All parameters displayed a strong variation with absorbed dose that continued beyond absorbed doses of 15 Gy. The ultrasonic measurements demonstrated a significantly larger dynamic range in dose response curves than that achieved with previously published magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) dose response data. It is concluded that ultrasound shows great potential as a technique for the evaluation of polymer gel dosimeters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1449-1458
Number of pages10
JournalPhysics in Medicine and Biology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


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