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Calculation of factors to convert from air kerma to absorbed dose to water for medium energy photons.

Nutbrown, R F; Shipley, D R (2000) Calculation of factors to convert from air kerma to absorbed dose to water for medium energy photons. NPL Report. CIRM 41

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Abstract

The IPEMB code of practice for the determination of absorbed dose for X-rays below 300 kV generating potential is a dedicated dosimetry protocol for the determination of absorbed dose based on the air kerma evaluation method for medium energy X-rays. Three separate energy ranges are dealt with in the code of practice, however, this report is only attempting to reproduce the factors in one particular range (0.5 - 4.0 mm Cu HVL) for X-rays generated at 135 and 280 kV. These X-ray qualities are used in the NPL therapy level calibration service. This new method includes the use of an air kerma calibration factor, N K , for the ionisation chamber, and the ratio of the mass-energy absorption coefficients of water to air and factors that account for the change in the response of a NE2561 ionisation chamber between calibration in air and measurement in a water phantom, kch, instead of the old F factor. This report describes the work that was undertaken to reproduce the product of the ratio of the mass-energy absorption coefficients of water to air and the kch factors. The majority of this work was carried out using Monte Carlo techniques based on the EGS4 code system.
The factors calculated in this report were found to agree with values quoted in the IPEMB code of practice to within 4.2%. The quoted uncertainty for this work is 1.4% and the uncertainties for the factors quoted in the IPEMB code of practice are 3%. Hence this is reasonable agreement. Possible discrepancies in the values may be due either to limitations in the EGS4 code system, simplifications made in the chamber geometry or on the reliance on experimental data which is not quite applicable to its’ use in this work.

Item Type: Report/Guide (NPL Report)
NPL Report No.: CIRM 41
Subjects: Ionising Radiation
Ionising Radiation > Dosimetry
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2018 13:17
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/1612

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