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Phys Med Biol. 2005 Jul 7;50(13):N135-40. Epub 2005 Jun 22.

Absorption spectra variations of EBT radiochromic film from radiation exposure.

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Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong.


Gafchromic EBT radiochromic film is one of the newest radiation-induced auto-developing x-ray analysis films available for therapeutic radiation dosimetry in radiotherapy applications. The spectral absorption properties in the visible wavelengths have been investigated and results show two main peaks in absorption located at 636 nm and 585 nm. These absorption peaks are different to many other radiochromic film products such as Gafchromic MD-55 and HS film where two peaks were located at 676 nm and 617 nm respectively. The general shape of the absorption spectra is similar to older designs. A much higher sensitivity is found at high-energy x-rays with an average 0.6 OD per Gy variation in OD seen within the first Gy measured at 636 nm using 6 MV x-rays. This is compared to approximately 0.09 OD units for the first Gy at the 676 nm absorption peak for HS film at 6 MV x-ray energy. The film's blue colour is visually different from older varieties of Gafchromic film with a higher intensity of mid-range blue within the film. The film provides adequate relative absorbed dose measurement for clinical radiotherapy x-ray assessment in the 1-2 Gy dose range which with further investigation may be useful for fractionated radiotherapy dose assessment.

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