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COMPARISON OF TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF LIF:MG,CU,P THERMOLUMINESCENT DOSIMETERS FOR DETECTION OF BETA RAYS (BETA-TLDS) FROM 90SR/90Y, 85KR AND 147PM SOURCES

Grassi, Elisa; Sghedoni, Roberto; Piccagli, Vando; Fioroni, Federica; Borasi, Giovanni; Iori, Mauro*

doi: 10.1097/HP.0b013e3182092732
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Targeted radionuclide therapies in nuclear medicine departments increasingly depend on using unsealed beta radiation sources in the labeling of peptides and antibodies. Monitoring doses received by the fingers and hands during these procedures is best accomplished with TLD dosimeters that can be located at the fingertips. The present study examines the response of two TLD dosimeters (MCP-Ns and GR200A) to 90Sr/90Y, 85Kr, and 147Pm. The dosimeters were supplied by two different services, and all irradiations were performed at the PTB Institute in Germany. Each dosimetry service evaluated the dosimeters without knowledge that they had been purposefully irradiated. The accuracy and precision of the dosimeters were evaluated as a function of delivered dose, energy of beta particles and angular incidence. The results are compared to performance measures recommended by the IEC. Both dosimeter types displayed significant energy dependence. Angular dependence was moderate. Accuracy and precision as a function of dose (linearity) differed between the two systems, with the MCP-Ns being noticeably better than the GR200A. The superior precision makes the MCP-Ns much more useful for extremity dose measurements. The differences between these two dosimeter systems reinforce the need to evaluate a dosimeter carefully before using it in the daily work routine.

* Medical Physics Department, Santa Maria Nuova Hospital, Reggio Emilia, Italy.

For correspondence contact: Elisa Grassi, S.C. di Fisica Medica, A.O. di Reggio Emilia “Arc. Santa Maria Nuova,” Viale Risorgimento 80, I-42123 Reggio Emilia, Italy, or email at elisa.grassi@asmn.re.it.

(Manuscript accepted 9 August 2010)

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