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Evaluation and Comparison of Landauer Microstar (OSLD) Readers

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S Souri

S Souri*, Y Ahmed , Y Cao , A Jamshidi , Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY


SU-E-T-638 Sunday 3:00PM - 6:00PM Room: Exhibit Hall

Purpose: To evaluate and compare characteristic performance of a new Landauer nanodot Reader with the previous model.
Methods: In order to calibrate and test the reader, a set of nanodots were irradiated using a Varian Truebeam Linac. Solid water slabs and bolus were used in the process of irradiation. Calibration sets of nanodots were irradiated for radiation dose ranges: 0 to 10 and 20 to 1000 cGy, using 6MV photons. Additionally, three sets of nanodots were each irradiated using 6MV, 10MV and 15MV beams. For each beam energy, and selected dose in the range of 3 to 1000 cGy, a pair of nanodots was irradiated and three readings were obtained with both readers.
Results: The analysis shows that for 3 photon beam energies and selected ranges of dose, the calculated absorbed dose agrees well with the expected value. The results illustrate that the new Microstar II reader is a highly consistent system and that the repeated readings provide results with a reasonably small standard deviation. For all practical purposes, the response of system is linear for all radiation beam energies.
Conclusion: The Microstar II nanodot reader is consistent, accurate, and reliable. The new hardware design and corresponding software contain several advantages over the previous model. The automatic repeat reading mechanism, that helps improve reproducibility and reduce processing time, and the smaller unit size that renders ease of transport, are two of such features. Present study shows that for high dose ranges a polynomial calibration equation provides more consistent results. A 3rd order polynomial calibration curve was used to analyze the readings of dosimeters exposed to high dose range radiation. It was observed that the results show less error compared to those calculated by using linear calibration curves, as provided by Landauer system software for all dose ranges.

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