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SU¿GG¿T¿284: Modelling the Effect of Optical Pathlength On Light Scattering Artefacts in Optical CT for Polymer Gel Dosimetry

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Purpose: Dosimetric polymer gels (e.g. PAGAT [1]) undergo a change in opacity on exposure due to polymerisation and cross‐linking. Cone beam optical CT is a simple, inexpensive method to read exposed gels. To ensure accuracy of dosimetry using optical CT, it is necessary to account for the effect of light scattering in a dosimeter as a function of optical pathlength. In this paper we report the results of modelling of experiments using a simulated gel phantom. Method and Materials: As described earlier [2], opacity change in a dosimetric gel was simulated by adding known concentrations of Dettol™ to gelatin. A phantom composed of a cylindrical PETE vessel (9.5 cm diameter, 13 cm high) containing two regions of different turbidity (optical density OD) was produced; an outer, low turbidity region surrounding a funnel‐shaped, high turbidity region (simulating exposure). Different horizontal slices of the funnel phantom represent regions of uniform, high OD but with differing diameters (pathlengths). The phantom was scanned with a Vista Optical CT Scanner (Modus Medical Devices Inc.). Horizontal profile slices were obtained from the reconstruction (resolution; 0.25 mm per voxel), each containing circular slices of the funnel of differing diameter. Results and Discussion: Larger diameter slices of the funnel exhibited dishing artefacts — the central region of the slice showed an apparent reduction in OD, similar to the dishing artefact in X‐ray CT. Lower diameter slices were found to exhibit the opposite — “doming” artefacts where the central region showed an apparent increase in OD. These effects are modelled by taking into account the back‐reflection of scattered light. © 2008, American Association of Physicists in Medicine. All rights reserved.

UOW Authors


  •   Baldock, Clive (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Bosi, S., Brown, S., Sarabipour, S., de Deene, Y., & Baldock, C. (2008). SU¿GG¿T¿284: Modelling the Effect of Optical Pathlength On Light Scattering Artefacts in Optical CT for Polymer Gel Dosimetry. Medical Physics, 35(6), 2790. doi:10.1118/1.2962036

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85024782997

Start Page


  • 2790

Volume


  • 35

Issue


  • 6

Abstract


  • Purpose: Dosimetric polymer gels (e.g. PAGAT [1]) undergo a change in opacity on exposure due to polymerisation and cross‐linking. Cone beam optical CT is a simple, inexpensive method to read exposed gels. To ensure accuracy of dosimetry using optical CT, it is necessary to account for the effect of light scattering in a dosimeter as a function of optical pathlength. In this paper we report the results of modelling of experiments using a simulated gel phantom. Method and Materials: As described earlier [2], opacity change in a dosimetric gel was simulated by adding known concentrations of Dettol™ to gelatin. A phantom composed of a cylindrical PETE vessel (9.5 cm diameter, 13 cm high) containing two regions of different turbidity (optical density OD) was produced; an outer, low turbidity region surrounding a funnel‐shaped, high turbidity region (simulating exposure). Different horizontal slices of the funnel phantom represent regions of uniform, high OD but with differing diameters (pathlengths). The phantom was scanned with a Vista Optical CT Scanner (Modus Medical Devices Inc.). Horizontal profile slices were obtained from the reconstruction (resolution; 0.25 mm per voxel), each containing circular slices of the funnel of differing diameter. Results and Discussion: Larger diameter slices of the funnel exhibited dishing artefacts — the central region of the slice showed an apparent reduction in OD, similar to the dishing artefact in X‐ray CT. Lower diameter slices were found to exhibit the opposite — “doming” artefacts where the central region showed an apparent increase in OD. These effects are modelled by taking into account the back‐reflection of scattered light. © 2008, American Association of Physicists in Medicine. All rights reserved.

UOW Authors


  •   Baldock, Clive (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Bosi, S., Brown, S., Sarabipour, S., de Deene, Y., & Baldock, C. (2008). SU¿GG¿T¿284: Modelling the Effect of Optical Pathlength On Light Scattering Artefacts in Optical CT for Polymer Gel Dosimetry. Medical Physics, 35(6), 2790. doi:10.1118/1.2962036

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85024782997

Start Page


  • 2790

Volume


  • 35

Issue


  • 6