Radiation is used widely used in medicine for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Both the desired effects and the potential detrimental side effects depend on the radiation dose delivered. As such it is essential to determining the radiation dose received by patients as accurately as needed to optimise the radiation procedure. Solid state dosimeters are increasingly used in medicine because of their small physical size, high sensitivity and usually low cost. Combining multiple detectors allows the detection of radiation dose distributions, an application where the distinction between radiation dosimeter and image detector starts to blur. Given the rapid development of detector technology it can be expected that the utilisation of solid-state dosimeters in medicine will continue to increase. �� 2011 American Institute of Physics.