19 March 2014 Optimizing two radioluminescence based quality assurance devices for diagnostic radiology utilizing a simple model
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The extrinsic (absolute) efficiency of a phosphor is expressed as the ratio of light energy emitted per unit area at the phosphor surface to incident x-ray energy fluence. A model described in earlier work has shown that by knowing the intrinsic efficiency, the particle size, the thickness and the light extinction factor ξ, it is possible to deduce the extrinsic efficiency for an extended range of particle sizes and layer thicknesses for a given design. The model has been tested on Gd2O2S:Tb and ZnS:Cu fluorescent layers utilized in two quality assurance devices, respectively, aimed for the assessment of light field and radiation field congruence in diagnostic radiology. The first unit is an established device based on both fluorescence and phosphorescence containing an x-ray sensitive phosphor (ZnS:Cu) screen comprising a long afterglow. Uncertainty in field edge position is estimated to 0.8 mm (k=2). The second unit is under development and based on a linear CCD sensor which is sensitized to x-rays by applying a Gd2O2S:Tb scintillator. The field profiles and the corresponding edge location are then obtained and compared. Uncertainty in field edge location is estimated to 0.1 mm (k=2). The properties of the radioluminescent layers are essential for the functionality of the devices and have been optimized utilizing the previously developed and verified model. A theoretical description of the maximization of phosphorescence is also briefly discussed as well as an interesting finding encountered during the development processes: focal spot wandering. The oversimplistic physical assumptions made in the radioluminescence model have not been found to lead the optimizing process astray. The obtained functionality is believed to be adequate within their respective limitations for both devices.
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Jan Lindström, Markus Hulthén, Gudrun Alm Carlsson, Michael Sandborg, "Optimizing two radioluminescence based quality assurance devices for diagnostic radiology utilizing a simple model", Proc. SPIE 9033, Medical Imaging 2014: Physics of Medical Imaging, 90333R (19 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2042921; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2042921
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