Characterization of a gated fiber-optic-coupled detector for application in clinical electron beam dosimetry

James A. Tanyi, Kevin D. Nitzling, Camille J. Lodwick, Alan L. Huston, Brian L. Justus

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Purpose: Assessment of the fundamental dosimetric characteristics of a novel gated fiber-optic-coupled dosimetry system for clinical electron beam irradiation. Methods: The response of fiber-optic-coupled dosimetry system to clinical electron beam, with nominal energy range of 6-20 MeV, was evaluated for reproducibility, linearity, and output dependence on dose rate, dose per pulse, energy, and field size. The validity of the detector system's response was assessed in correspondence with a reference ionization chamber. Results: The fiber-optic-coupled dosimetry system showed little dependence to dose rate variations (coefficient of variation ±0.37%) and dose per pulse changes (with 0.54% of reference chamber measurements). The reproducibility of the system was ±0.55% for dose fractions of ∼100 cGy. Energy dependence was within ±1.67% relative to the reference ionization chamber for the 6-20 MeV nominal electron beam energy range. The system exhibited excellent linear response (R2 =1.000) compared to reference ionization chamber in the dose range of 1-1000 cGy. The output factors were within ±0.54% of the corresponding reference ionization chamber measurements. Conclusions: The dosimetric properties of the gated fiber-optic-coupled dosimetry system compare favorably to the corresponding reference ionization chamber measurements and show considerable potential for applications in clinical electron beam radiotherapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)961-967
Number of pages7
JournalMedical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • gated fiber optics
  • in vivo dosimetry
  • pulsed electron beam
  • real-time dosimetry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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