Performance of Al2O3:C optically stimulated luminescence dosimeters for clinical radiation therapy applications
A commercial Optical Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dosimetry system developed by Landauer was tested to analyse the possibility of using OSL dosimetry for external beam radiotherapy planning checks. Experiments were performed to determine signal sensitivity, dose response range, beam type/energy dependency, reproducibility and linearity. Optical annealing processes to test OSL material reusability were also studied. In each case the measurements were converted into absorbed dose. The experimental results show that OSL dosimetry provides a wide dose response range, good linearity and reproducibility for the doses up to 800cGy. The OSL output is linear with dose up to 600cGy range showing a maximum deviation from linearity of 2.0% for the doses above 600cGy. The standard deviation in response of 20 dosimeters was 3.0%. After optical annealing using incandescent light, the readout intensity decreased by approximately 98% in the first 30 minutes. The readout intensity,I, decreased after repeated optical annealing as a power law, given byI ∝ t −1.3. This study concludes that OSL dosimetry can provide an alternative dosimetry technique for use in in-vivo dosimetry if rigorous measurement protocols are established.