The use of Monte Carlo simulations for accurate dose determination with thermoluminescence dosemeters in radiation therapy beams

P. Mobit, Y. S. Horowitz, L. Oster

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The energy responses of LiF-TLDs irradiated in megavoltage electron and photon beams have been determined experimentally by many investigators over the past 35 years but the results vary considerably. General cavity theory has been used to model some of the experimental findings but the predictions of these cavity theories differ from each other and from measuments by more than 13%. Recently, two groups of investigators using Monte Carlo simulations and careful experimental techniques showed that the energy response of 1 turn or 2 turn thick LiF-TLD irradiated by megavoltage photon and electron beams is not more than 5% less than unity for low-Z phantom materials like water or Perspex. However, when the depth of irradiation is significantly different from dmax and the TLD size is more than 5 mm, then the energy response is up to 12% less than unity for incident electron beams. Monte Carlo simulations of sonic of the experiments reported in the literature showed that some of the contradictory experimental results are reproducible with Monte Carlo simulations. Monte Carlo simulations show that the energy response of LiF-TLDs depends on the size of detector used in electron beams, the depth of irradiation and the incident electron energy. Other differences can be attributed to absolute dose determination and precision of the TL technique. Monte Carlo simulations hfive also been used to evaluate some of the published general cavity theories. The results show that some of the parameters used to evaluate Burlin's general cavity theory are wrong by factor of 3. Despite this, the estimation of the energy response for most clinical situations using Burlin's cavity equation agrees with Monte Carlo simulations within 1%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-386
Number of pages4
JournalRadiation Protection Dosimetry
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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