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Title: Development and initial evaluation of a spectral microdensitometer for analysing radiochromic films
Authors: Lee, KY
Fung, KL 
Kwok, CS
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Iop Publishing Ltd
Source: Physics in medicine and biology, 2004, v. 49, no. 22, p. 5171-5183 How to cite?
Journal: Physics in Medicine and Biology 
Abstract: Radiation dose deposited on a radiochromic film is considered as a dose image. A precise image extraction system with commensurate capabilities is required to measure the transmittance of the image and translate it to radiation dose. This paper describes the development of a spectral microdensitometer which has been designed to achieve this goal under the conditions of (a) the linearity and sensitivity of the dose response curve of the radiochromic film being highly dependent on the wavelength of the analysing light, and (b) the inherent high spatial resolution of the film. The microdensitometer consists of a monochromator which provides an analysing light of variable wavelength, a film tray on a high-precision scanning stage, a transmission microscope coupled to a thermoelectrically cooled CCD camera, a microcomputer and corresponding interfaces. The measurement of the transmittance of the radiochromic film is made at the two absorption peaks with maximum sensitivities. The high spatial resolution of the instrument, of the order of micrometres, is achieved through the use of the microscope combined with a measure-and-step technique to cover the whole film. The performance of the instrument in regard to the positional accuracy, system reproducibility and dual-peak film calibration was evaluated. The results show that the instrument fulfils the design objective of providing a precise image extraction system for radiochromic films with micrometre spatial resolution and sensitive dose response.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/33821
ISSN: 0031-9155
DOI: 10.1088/0031-9155/49/22/011
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