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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 46  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 47-51

Repeatability of small field output factor measurements with various detectors

Department of Physics, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Dr. Zakithi Lungile Mpumelelo Msimang
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DOI: 10.4103/jmp.JMP_93_20

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There are well established dosimetry reference standards for broad beams; however, there are no reference standards that can be used for both broad and small fields. The variation of the equivalent square fields and field output factors in small static photon fields when using a synthetic diamond, an electron diode, and ionization chambers (pin point, semiflex, and liquid filled) was investigated over time. Data from this study were compared to the data from other hospitals in the country and standard data sets, i.e., the British Journal of Radiology Supplement No. 25 of 1996 (BJR25) and the Radiological Physics Centre (RPC) 2012 data. The results showed that reliance on one detector and one measurement session, could yield incorrect field output factors (FOFs) for small fields. At least one of the detectors should be a solid state type with published field output correction factors and at least three measurement sessions should be performed for each FOF data point. Comparing measured data with published datasets, like RPC, will assist in verifying data. BJR25 datasets should not be used for Sclin ≤4 cm.

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