Dose measurement based on spectral chi-square minimization using GAFchromic MD-55 film
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A new method of measuring dose using GAFchromic MD-55-2 type film is proposed. It involves 2D fitting of optical density, as a function of both wavelength and dose, to a set of measured calibration data. An unknown dose to a film can then be determined by minimizing the chi-square between the measured optical densities and the fitted calibration data. The methodology was tested, using 60Co calibration, by measuring the dose deposited in films irradiated by a 32p source in a semi-infinite geometry. The results are compared with the expected dose obtained From beta counting, taking into account the dose loss correction due to various attenuating materials, including the film substrate itself, which was determined to be 20%. It was found that the root mean relative deviation between the measured and expected doses was approximately 3%. The excellent agreement also demonstrated the possibility of calibration between gamma and beta particles.
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