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Phys Med Biol. 2016 Oct 21;61(20):R305-R343. Epub 2016 Oct 3.

Review of plastic and liquid scintillation dosimetry for photon, electron, and proton therapy.

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Département de physique, de génie physique et d'optique et Centre de recherche sur le cancer, Université Laval, Québec, QC, Canada. Département de radio-oncologie et CRCHU de Québec, CHU de Québec, QC, Canada.

Abstract

While scintillation dosimetry has been around for decades, the need for a dosimeter tailored to the reality of modern radiation therapy-in particular a real-time, water-equivalent, energy-independent dosimeter with high spatial resolution-has generated renewed interest in scintillators over the last 10 years. With the advent of at least one commercial plastic scintillation dosimeter and the ever-growing scientific literature on this subject, this topical review is intended to provide the medical physics community with a wide overview of scintillation physics, related optical concepts, and applications of plastic scintillation dosimetry.

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