SU-E-T-771: Two Dimensional Raman Mapping of Carbon Bonds of Radiochromic Films: An Approach to Micro-Dosimetry




To study a feasibility of micro-dosimetry with high dose-sensitivity and resolution using two-dimensional Raman mapping on the basis of carbon bonds concentration of radiochromic films


Unlaminated EBT3 films with the purpose of maximal Raman data acquisition were irradiated by 6 MV beam from 5 MU to 1000 MU at the reference condition. Each film was irradiated with shielding material of lead blocking on the half of film as well as the jaw open in half for distinct dose contrast. Raman peaks of 2070 cm-1, 2095 cm-1, and 2115 cm-1 were major subjects to study, which are assumed to be the spectroscopy of carbon triple bonds of monomers, carbon double bonds of polymers, and carbon triple bonds of polymers, respectively. Laser exposure for Raman spectroscopy generated peak's trend due to polymerization by laser output and this trend was utilized to find out basic peaks related to polymerization process. The relative dose contrast in each one film was detected by Raman spectroscopy with the aid of an auto-scanning stage, comparing the dose contrast between non-irradiated area and irradiated area. Raman spatial resolution was enhanced up to 20 micrometers, assuming the spatial uniformity of radio¬active rod-shaped LiPCDA crystals. An optical scanner with 9600 dpi was used to scan the red-channel intensity to read the dose contrast for 5 MU delivered film.


The peak intensity for Raman wavenumber of 2070 cm-1 was used for mapping since it reflected the different peak intensities based on polymerization degree by irradiation. Dose contrast from 1000MU to 5 MU was distinguished by Raman mapping analysis, whereas optical intensity of red-channel didn't show any difference.


In consideration of laser effect, the quantitative analysis based on raw data of Raman mapping could provide more statistically reliable dosimetry than point measurements.