Doctor of Philosophy
School of Physics, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
This thesis presents research for the development of new microdosimetric instrumentation for use with solid-state microdosimeters in order to improve their portability for radioprotection purposes and for QA in various hadron therapy modalities. Monte Carlo simulation applications are developed and benchmarked, pertaining to the context of the relevant therapies considered. The simulation and experimental findings provide optimisation recommendations relating to microdosimeter performance and possible radioprotection risks by activated materials.
The first part of this thesis is continuing research into the development of novel Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) microdosimeters in the application of hadron therapy QA. This relates specifically to the optimisation of current microdosimeters, development of Monte Carlo applications for experimental validation, assessment of radioprotection risks during experiments and advanced Monte Carlo modelling of various accelerator beamlines.
Geant4 and MCNP6 Monte Carlo codes are used extensively in this thesis, with rigorous benchmarking completed in the context of experimental verification, and evaluation of the similarities and differences when simulating relevant hadron therapy facilities.
The second part of this thesis focuses on the development of a novel wireless microdosimetry system - the Radiodosimeter, to improve the operation efficiency and minimise any radioprotection risks. The successful implementation of the wireless Radiodosimeter is considered as an important milestone in the development of a microdosimetry system that can be operated by an end-user with no prior knowledge.
Vohradsky, James, The Development of Microdosimetric Instrumentation for Quality Assurance in Heavy Ion Therapy, Boron Neutron Capture Therapy and Fast Neutron Therapy, Doctor of Philosophy thesis, School of Physics, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong, 2023. https://ro.uow.edu.au/theses1/1597
FoR codes (2008)
020202 Nuclear Physics, 020203 Particle Physics, 029903 Medical Physics, 029904 Synchrotrons; Accelerators; Instruments and Techniques
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