A feasibility study using radiochromic films for fast neutron 2D passive dosimetry.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The objective of this paper is threefold: (1) to establish sensitivity of XRQA and EBT radiochromic films to fast neutron exposure; (2) to develop a film response to radiation dose calibration curve and (3) to investigate a two-dimensional (2D) film dosimetry technique for use in establishing an experimental setup for a radiobiological irradiation of mice and to assess the dose to the mice in this setup. The films were exposed to a 10 MeV neutron beam via the (2)H(d,n)(3)He reaction. The XRQA film response was a factor of 1.39 greater than EBT film response to the 10 MeV neutron beam when exposed to a neutron dose of 165 cGy. A film response-to-soft tissue dose calibration function was established over a range of 0-10 Gy and had a goodness of fit of 0.9926 with the calibration data. The 2D film dosimetry technique estimated the neutron dose to the mice by measuring the dose using a mouse phantom and by placing a piece of film on the exterior of the experimental mouse setup. The film results were benchmarked using Monte Carlo and aluminum (Al) foil activation measurements. The radiochromic film, Monte Carlo and Al foil dose measurements were strongly correlated, and the film within the mouse phantom agreed to better than 7% of the externally mounted films. These results demonstrated the potential application of radiochromic films for passive 2D neutron dosimetry.

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Cited Authors

  • Brady, SL; Gunasingha, R; Yoshizumi, TT; Howell, CR; Crowell, AS; Fallin, B; Tonchev, AP; Dewhirst, MW

Published Date

  • September 7, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 55 / 17

Start / End Page

  • 4977 - 4992

PubMed ID

  • 20693612

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3730278

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1361-6560

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1088/0031-9155/55/17/007


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England