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ESR dosimeter material properties of phenols compound exposed to radiotherapeutic electron beams

  • Authors: Gallo, S.; Iacoviello, G.; Bartolotta, A.; Daniele, D.; Panzeca, S.; Marrale, M.
  • Publication year: 2017
  • Type: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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There is a need for a sensitive dosimeter using Electron Spin Resonance spectroscopy for use in medical applications, since non-destructive read-out and dose archival could be achieved with this method. This work reports a systematic ESR investigation of IRGANOX® 1076 exposed to clinical electron beams produced by a LINAC used for radiation therapy treatments. Recently, dosimetric features of this material were investigated for irradiation with 60Co γ-photons and neutrons in both pellet and film shape and have been found promising thanks to their high efficiency of radiation-matter energy transfer and radical stability at room temperature. Here the analysis of the dosimetric features of these ESR dosimeters exposed to clinical electron beams at energies of 7, 10 and 14 MeV, is described in terms of dependence on microwave power and modulation amplitude, response on dose, dependence on beam type, detection limits, and signal stability after irradiation. The analysis of the ESR signal as function of absorbed dose highlights that the response of this material is linear in the dose range investigated (1–13 Gy) and is independent of the beam energy. The minimum detectable dose is found to be smaller than 1 Gy. Comparison of electron stopping power values of these dosimeters with those of water and soft tissue highlights equivalence of the response to electron beams in the energy range considered. The signal intensity was monitored for 40 days after irradiation and for all energies considered and it shows negligible variations in the first 500 h after irradiation whereas after 1100 h the signal decay is only of about 4%. In conclusion, it is found that phenolic compounds possess good dosimetric features which make it useful as a sensitive dosimeter for medical applications.