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BEST IN PHYSICS (THERAPY): Assessment of Thin-Film CdTe as An Effective Detector for Microdosimety at Gold-Tissue Interface

N Paudel

N Paudel1,3*, D Shvydka2 , E Parsai3 , (1) University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, (2) University of Toledo Health Science Campus, Toledo, OH, (3) University of Toledo Medical Center, Toledo, OH


TH-CD-201-1 (Thursday, August 4, 2016) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Room: 201

Presence of interfaces between high and low atomic number materials, often encountered in diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy, leads to radiation dose perturbation. This phenomenon is characterized by a very narrow region of sharp dose enhancement at the interface. The rapid fall-off of the dose enhancement over a very short distance from the interface makes the experimental dosimetry nontrivial. We use an in-house-built inexpensive thin-film Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) photodetector to study this effect at the gold-tissue interface and verify our experimental results with Monte Carlo (MC) modeling.

Three micron thick CdTe photodetectors were fabricated in our lab. One, ten or one hundred micron thick gold foils placed in a tissue-equivalent-phantom were irradiated with a clinical Ir-192 high dose rate source and current measured with a CdTe detector in each case was compared against the current measured for all uniform tissue-equivalent phantom. Percentage signal enhancement (PSE) due to each gold foil was compared against MC modeled percentage dose enhancement (PDE), obtained from the geometry mimicking the experimental setup.

The experiment based PSEs due to 1, 10, and 100 micron thick gold foils at the closest measured distance of measurement (12.5 micron) from the interface were 42.6 ± 10.8 , 137.0 ± 11.9 and 203.0 ± 15.4 respectively. The corresponding MC modeled PDEs were 38.1 ± 1, 164 ± 1 and 249 ± 1 respectively. The experimental and MC modeled values showed a closer agreement at the larger distances from the interface.

The dose enhancement near the gold-tissue interface was measured using an in-house-built high-resolution CdTe-based photodetector and validated with MC simulations. A close agreement of the experimental results with the corresponding MC modeled results shows that CdTe detector can be utilized for mapping interface dose distribution encountered in the application of ionizing radiation.

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