37th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference - 2013 June 11

Presented at:
37th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference
2013 June 11
Toronto, Canada
Session Title:
Student Conference Session

Jason Jaeho Song (Royal Military College of Canada)
Megan St Aubin (Royal Military College of Canada)
Emily C. Corcoran (Royal Military College of Canada)
Kela Weber (Royal Military College of Canada)
Andy Kerr (Cancer Centre of South Eastern Ontario)


The objective of this work was to ascertain if fluorescein (a simple fluorescent molecule), could be used to create an economic radiation dosimeter. The degradation of fluorescein in water when exposed to ionizing radiation and the subsequent decrease in fluorescence intensity was investigated as an indicator of absorbed radiation. Cuvettes containing fluorescein concentrations ranging from 0.2 10µM were irradiated with doses ranging from 0.01-100 Sv using a 6MV linear accelerator (Varian Clinac¨ 600C). The resulting fluorescent signals were quantified generating dose-response type curves. The decrease in the fluorescence response based on absorbed dose was found to follow a 1st order decay model. In terms of detecting an absorbed dose, a concentration of 0.2 _M fluorescein was shown to have the greatest sensitivity with a detection limit of 0.05 Sv. It is recommended that future work investigate lower concentration fluorescein solutions, in addition to varying water chemistries for potential increases in sensitivity.

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