Dosimetry in HDR brachytherapy with Fricke-gel layers and Fricke-gel catheters

G. Gambarini, M. Carrara, A. Negri, M. Invernizzi, C. Tenconi, A. Scotti, L. Pirola, M. Borroni, S. Tomatis, C. Fallai

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Fricke-gel layer dosimeters (FGLD) and Fricke gel dosimetric catheters (FGDC) have been designed and tested with the aim of enquiring their suitability for HDR 192Ir brachytherapy source control and for in-vivo dose verification during treatment. Anisotropy function measurements have been carried out with FGLDs in which a thin plastic tube has been placed in for the 192Ir source insertion. FGDCs are constituted by plastic tubes (3 mm of external diameter and 13 cm of length) filled with the dosimeter-gel. Absorbed dose images and profiles were attained by means of optical analysis. Dedicated software has been developed both for achieving anisotropy function values and for obtaining reliable results in visible light absorbance measurements across the thin cylindrical dosimeters. Preparation and analysis procedures have been optimised. The results confirm that the proposed methods are very promising for HDR brachytherapy dosimetry.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012089
Pages (from-to)442-446
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Publication statusPublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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