Fricke gel dosimetry in boron neutron capture therapy

G. Gambarini, C. Birattari, C. Colombi, L. Pirola, G. Rosi

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Gel dosimetry allows three-dimensional (3D) measurement of absorbed dose in tissue-equivalent dosemeter phantoms. Gel phantoms are imaged using optical techniques. In neutron capture therapy (NCT), properly designed gel dosemeters can give 3D dose distributions, due to the various components of the secondary radiation, in phantoms exposed in the thermal or epithermal column of a nuclear reactor. In addition to the therapeutic dose arising from the reaction10B(n,α)7Li, the other dose components are also obtainable, i.e. the gamma dose (due to reactor background and to the reaction1H(n,γ)2H of thermal neutrons with hydrogen), the dose due to protons emitted in the reaction14N(n,p)14C of thermal neutrons with nitrogen and the dose due to recoil protons resulting from elastic scattering of epithermal neutrons.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419 - 422
Number of pages4
JournalRadiation Protection Dosimetry
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiation
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Gambarini, G., Birattari, C., Colombi, C., Pirola, L., & Rosi, G. (2002). Fricke gel dosimetry in boron neutron capture therapy. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 101(1-4), 419 - 422.