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Assessment and Elimination of the Angular Dependence of the Response of the NanoDot OSLD System in MV Beams

J Lehmann

J Lehmann1,2,3*, L Dunn1 , J Lye1 , J W Kenny1 , A D C Alves1 , A Cole1 , A Asena4 , T Kron3,5 , I M Williams1,3 , (1) Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service (ACDS), Yallambie, Australia,(2) University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (3) RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, (4) Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, (5) Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, East Melbourne, Australia


SU-E-T-391 Sunday 3:00PM - 6:00PM Room: Exhibit Hall

Purpose: Assess the angular dependence of the nanoDot OSLD system in MV X-ray beams at depths and mitigate this dependence for measurements in phantoms.

Methods: Measurements for 6 MV photons at 3 cm and 10 cm depth and Monte Carlo simulations were performed. Two special holders were designed which allow a nanoDot dosimeter to be rotated around the center of its sensitive volume (5 mm diameter disk). The first holder positions the dosimeter disk perpendicular to the beam (en-face). It then rotates until the disk is parallel with the beam (edge on). This is referred to as Setup 1. The second holder positions the disk parallel to the beam (edge on) for all angles (Setup 2). Monte Carlo simulations using GEANT4 considered detector and housing in detail based on microCT data.

Results: An average drop in response by 1.4±0.7% (measurement) and 2.1±0.3% (Monte Carlo) for the 90° orientation compared to 0° was found for Setup 1. Monte Carlo simulations also showed a strong dependence of the effect on the composition of the sensitive layer. Assuming 100% active material (Al₂O₃) results in a 7% drop in response for 90° compared to 0°. Assuming the layer to be completely water, results in a flat response (within simulation uncertainty of about 1%). For Setup 2, measurements and Monte Carlo simulations found the angular dependence of the dosimeter to be below 1% and within the measurement uncertainty.

Conclusion: The nanoDot dosimeter system exhibits a small angular dependence off approximately 2%. Changing the orientation of the dosimeter so that a coplanar beam arrangement always hits the detector material edge on reduces the angular dependence to within the measurement uncertainty of about 1%. This makes the dosimeter more attractive for phantom based clinical measurements and audits with multiple coplanar beams.

Funding Support, Disclosures, and Conflict of Interest: The Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service is a joint initiative between the Australian Department of Health and the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency.

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