X-ray synchrotron microdosimetry: Experimental benchmark of a general-purpose Monte Carlo code

RP Hugtenburg, AER Baker, Stuart Green

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Microdosimetry is useful in mixed-field radiation treatment strategies but relies on an understanding of electron physics at sub-micron dimensions. Monochromatic synchrotron light will be valuable in the development of Monte Carlo models of radiation transport at this length scale. In addition, synchrotron light offers new treatment strategies benefiting from high degrees of brightness and coherence including binary therapies such as photoactivation therapy (PAT) utilising photoelectric enhancement occurring in the kilovoltage range. Microdosimetric spectra for monoenergetic beams have been obtained in the range 15-33 keV with a tissue-equivalent proportional counter (TEPC) and have been compared to Monte Carlo calculations based on atomic models initially. Transport of electrons in molecular systems can also be considered where fundamental interaction data are also obtainable in synchrotron beams via photon scattering experiments utilising the optical model. In the absence of data from liquid water systems, MOSFET and silica-based optical fibre TLD are emerging contenders for experimental verification of microdosimetric spectra in the solid-state and glassy-state phases, respectively. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-435
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Radiation and Isotopes
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2009


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