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Design of Interrogation Protocols for Radiation Dose Measurements Using Optically-Stimulated Luminescent Dosimeters

Abraham, Sara A.; Kearfott, Kimberlee J.; Jawad, Ali H.; Boria, Andrew J.; Buth, Tobias J.; Dawson, Alexander S.; Eng, Sheldon C.; Frank, Samuel J.; Green, Crystal A.; Jacobs, Mitchell L.; Liu, Kevin; Miklos, Joseph A.; Nguyen, Hien; Rafique, Muhammad; Rucinski, Blake D.; Smith, Travis; Tan, Yanliang

doi: 10.1097/HP.0000000000000628

Optically-stimulated luminescent dosimeters are capable of being interrogated multiple times post-irradiation. Each interrogation removes a fraction of the signal stored within the optically-stimulated luminescent dosimeter. This signal loss must be corrected to avoid systematic errors in estimating the average signal of a series of optically-stimulated luminescent dosimeter interrogations and requires a minimum number of consecutive readings to determine an average signal that is within a desired accuracy of the true signal with a desired statistical confidence. This paper establishes a technical basis for determining the required number of readings for a particular application of these dosimeters when using certain OSL dosimetry systems.

*University of Michigan, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, Ann Arbor, MI 48109‐2104; †Department of Physics, University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir 13100, Pakistan; ‡College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Hengyang Normal University, Hengyang, Hunan Province, China.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

For correspondence contact: Kimberlee J. Kearfott, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan, 2355 Bonisteel Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI 48109–2104, or email at

(Manuscript accepted 22 September 2016).

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