MO‐FF‐A1‐03: Investigation of Discrepancy in Reports On GafChromic EBT Energy Dependence

A. Rink, M. Ruschin, D. Jaffray, P. Lindsay

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Purpose: Radiochromic films, such as GafChromic EBT, provide a convenient and versatile dosimeter, and are particularly useful for small field dosimetry. Due to previous reports showing energy independence, GafChromic EBT films were implemented as dosimeters across a wide range of energies. However, in recent years, reports showing energy dependence have been presented, contradicting previously published data. This discrepancy was investigated by comparing two batches of film manufactured 4 years ago to two recently manufactured batches. Method and Materials: Small pieces of film were irradiated to 100 cGy using a 6 MV and a 105 kVp beams. A 30 cm × 30 cm × 4.5 cm phantom equipped with optical fibers was used, with appropriate amount of Solid Water as backscatter. Net optical density was measured by two completely independent methods: a 10 nm range at main absorbance peak was used for real‐time measurements, and a red channel of an Epson 1680 flatbed scanner was used for the measurements performed 24 hours after irradiation. Results: The ratios of optical density (105 kVp to 6 MV) were markedly different between the old and new batches of film, both for real‐time and scanner measurements. While the ratio of the older films demonstrated energy independent within 10%, as previously reported, the newer films show approximately a 25% drop in response when orthovoltage energies were used. Conclusion: A statistically significant difference in energy dependence exists between older and newer GafChromic EBT films, confirming both the publications demonstrating energy independence and those showing a decrease in sensitivity at low energies. Chemical analysis is underway to investigate the potential causes of the observed results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2708-2709
Number of pages2
JournalMedical physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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