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Calibration of thermoluminescent detectors in Hp(0.07) Units by using an X-ray tube and a 137Cs source
 
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University of Lodz, Łódź, Poland (Faculty of Physics and Applied Informatics, Department of Nuclear Physics and Radiation Safety)
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University of Lodz, Faculty of Physics and Applied Informatics, Department of Nuclear Physics and Radiation Safety, Pomorska 149/153, 90-236 Łódź, Poland
 
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Background: The method of measuring doses based on the thermoluminescence phenomenon is not an absolute method. For this reason, to obtain correct results, it is necessary to calibrate detectors in the known radiation field. This paper presents a method for calibrating thermoluminescent detectors used in the measurement of personal dose equivalents (Hp(0.07)) obtained by nuclear medicine facility personnel when handling the 99mTc radionuclide. Material and Methods: The authors used self-developed high-sensitivity thermoluminescent detectors and a HF320C X-ray unit, as well as a rod phantom. Dosimeters were calibrated in accordance with the ISO 4037-3 standard. During the measurements a vial containing a 99mTc radionuclide with well-known activity was also used. The energy characteristics were supplemented by using a 137Cs source (irradiator 60Co/137Cs). Results: The value of the calibration coefficient for 118 keV energy energy was (1.90±0.02)×10−5 mSv/imp. Taking into account the correction factor specified for of 140 keV energy at 0.962, the value of the calibration coefficient for 140 keV energy was determined as (1.83±0.02)×10−5 mSv/imp. Conclusions: Verification of the calibration coefficient determined for 140 keV energy carried out with a vial containing a 99mTc radionuclide confirmed the correctness of the procedure. Med Pr. 2019;70(6)
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