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Advances in kilovoltage x-ray beam dosimetry


Hill, R and Healy, B and Holloway, L and Kuncic, Z and Thwaites, D and Baldock, C, Advances in kilovoltage x-ray beam dosimetry, Physics in Medicine and Biology, 59, (6) pp. R183-231. ISSN 0031-9155 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine

DOI: doi:10.1088/0031-9155/59/6/R183


This topical review provides an up-to-date overview of the theoretical and practical aspects of therapeutic kilovoltage x-ray beam dosimetry. Kilovoltage x-ray beams have the property that the maximum dose occurs very close to the surface and thus, they are predominantly used in the treatment of skin cancers but also have applications for the treatment of other cancers. In addition, kilovoltage x-ray beams are used in intra operative units, within animal irradiators and in on-board imagers on linear accelerators and kilovoltage dosimetry is important in these applications as well. This review covers both reference and relative dosimetry of kilovoltage x-ray beams and provides recommendations for clinical measurements based on the literature to date. In particular, practical aspects for the selection of dosimeter and phantom material are reviewed to provide suitable advice for medical physicists. An overview is also presented of dosimeters other than ionization chambers which can be used for both relative and in vivo dosimetry. Finally, issues related to the treatment planning and the use of Monte Carlo codes for solving radiation transport problems in kilovoltage x-ray beams are presented.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:kilovoltage x-ray beams, dosimetry, ionization chambers, phantoms, Monte Carlo methods
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Medical and biological physics
Research Field:Medical physics
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Baldock, C (Professor Clive Baldock)
ID Code:97241
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:106
Deposited By:Office of the School of Engineering
Deposited On:2014-12-08
Last Modified:2017-11-01

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