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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 112-115

A study of photon interaction parameters in lung tissue substitutes

Department of Physics, Government College for Women, Kolar, Karnataka, India

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H C Manjunatha
Assistant Professor of Physics, Government College for Women, Opposite to Kolaramma Temple, Kolar, Karnataka 563 101
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0971-6203.131286

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The study of photon interaction with different composite materials has become a topic of prime importance for radiation physicists. Some parameters of dosimetric interest are the mass attenuation coefficient, effective atomic number, and electron density; these help in the basic understanding of photon interactions with composite materials. The photon interaction parameters such as mass attenuation coefficient (μ/ρ), effective atomic number (Z eff ), and effective electron density (N el ) must be identical for the phantom material and their tissue. In the present study, we have evaluated the photon interaction parameters such as (μ/ρ), Z eff and N el of 13 lung tissue substitutes. The variations of these parameters of lung tissue substitutes with photon energy are graphically represented. The photon interaction parameters of lung tissue substitutes are compared with that of lung tissue. The variation of photon interaction parameters of the studied lung tissue substitutes is similar that of the lung. Logically, it can be shown that Alderson lung is good substitute for lung than the other substitutes.

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