Real time dosimetry is the patient incident dose monitoring during a radiotherapy treatment. A comparison between the prescribed and delivered doses is possible using in vivo dosimetry that allows a quality control in radiotherapy. Nowadays, thermoluminescent detectors, silicon diodes or, more recently, the MOSFET transistors, are mostly used in real time dosimetry. These dosimeters present advantages and disadvantages, and the MOSFET transistors are being more often used because they can be of a small size as thermoluminescent detectors and they do not need so many correction factors as silicon diodes. This project aims the development of new equipment for real time in vivo dosimetry; this equipment consists of a spectrometer connected to a luminescent crystal by an optical fiber. Such equipment has been proposed and is under tests by a Danish research group, but it is not commercially available yet. This equipment is based on two luminescent phenomena: radioluminescence, for real time measurements, and optically stimulated luminescence, for posterior measurements of absorbed doses.
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