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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2006  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 22-27

Adaptation of radiation field analyser (RFA) as optical CT scanner for gel dosimetry


1 Department of Radiotherapy, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India
2 Department of Physics, Anna University, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

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S Brindha
Department of Radiotherapy, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, Tamilnadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0971-6203.25666

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Optical scanning is one of the emerging evaluation tools used for obtaining dose distributions in gel dosimetry. A radiation field analyzer adapted into an optical CT scanner to evaluate an irradiated Fricke gel has been already reported by others. This prototype optical CT scanner functions like a first generation x-ray CT scanner in the translate-rotate fashion. A similar scanner was constructed in our department for optical scanning of irradiated FX gel. At first, an aquarium was constructed and fitted into the water phantom of the RFA with provision to place the gel phantom to be scanned along with a light source and detector. The movements of the RFA were utilized to scan the gel phantom. A scan of a cuvette filled with colored solution was carried out and the resulting images were reconstructed and profiles obtained to evaluate the working of the optical scanner. A scan of the gel phantom was then obtained to evaluate the performance of the scanner. Thus a radiation field analyzer (DYNASCAN) was successfully adapted to an optical scanner to evaluate Fricke gels in our department.


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