Part of the book: Modern Practices in Radiation Therapy
This work includes the results of our research on the measurement of the dose delivered by an external beam in radiotherapy. The use of scintillating fibers in high-energy experiments produced rapid and reliable results and allows new dosimeters to be built and extends their use to measure the dose of an external beam of electrons, photons, and hadrons in radiotherapy.The chapter starts from the description of the radiation used in radiotherapy, presents the new approaches and then the tools used to perform the quality control of therapeutic beams, and finally shows the characteristics and differences compared to the traditional quality controls by using our results on the scintillating fibers used as a dosimeter. Some care should be taken into account during the collection and processing of data, for the treatment of some systematic errors in the method. In this chapter, we describe the procedure to be followed.
Part of the book: Evolution of Ionizing Radiation Research