Determination of the intrinsic energy dependence of LiF:Mg,Ti thermoluminescent dosimeters for 125I and 103Pd brachytherapy sources relative to 60Co

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Abstract

Purpose:

To determine the intrinsic energy dependence of LiF:Mg,Ti thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD-100) for 125I and 103Pd brachytherapy sources relative to 60Co.

Methods:

LiF:Mg,Ti TLDs were irradiated with low-energy brachytherapy sources and with a 60Co teletherapy source. The brachytherapy sources measured were the Best 2301 125I seed, the OncoSeed 6711 125I seed, and the Best 2335 103Pd seed. The TLD light output per measured air-kerma strength was determined for the brachytherapy source irradiations, and the TLD light output per air kerma was determined for the 60Co irradiations. Monte Carlo (MC) simulations were used to calculate the dose-to-TLD rate per air-kerma strength for the brachytherapy source irradiations and the dose to TLD per air kerma for the 60Co irradiations. The measured and MC-calculated results for all irradiations were used to determine the TLD intrinsic energy dependence for 125I and 103Pd relative to 60Co.

Results:

The relative TLD intrinsic energy dependences (relative to 60Co) and associated uncertainties (k = 1) were determined to be 0.883 ± 1.3%, 0.870 ± 1.4%, and 0.871 ± 1.5% for the Best 2301 seed, OncoSeed 6711 seed, and Best 2335 seed, respectively.

Conclusions:

The intrinsic energy dependence of TLD-100 is dependent on photon energy, exhibiting changes of 13%–15% for 125I and 103Pd sources relative to 60Co. TLD measurements of absolute dose around 125I and 103Pd brachytherapy sources should explicitly account for the relative TLD intrinsic energy dependence in order to improve dosimetric accuracy.

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