ISO / ASTM51540 - 04(2012)

    Standard Practice for Use of a Radiochromic Liquid Dosimetry System

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    Significance and Use

    4.1 The radiochromic liquid dosimetry system provides a means of measuring absorbed dose in materials (5-7). Under the influence of ionizing radiation, chemical reactions take place in the radiochromic solution modifying the amplitudes of optical absorption bands (8-10). Absorbance values are measured at the selected wavelength(s) within these affected absorption bands (see also ISO/ASTM Guide 51261).

    4.2 In the use of a specific dosimetry system, a calibration curve or response function relates the dosimeter’s response to an absorbed dose traceable to a nationally or internationally recognized standard (11, 12).

    4.3 The absorbed dose that is measured is usually specified in water. Absorbed dose in other materials may be evaluated by applying the conversion factors discussed in ISO/ASTM Guide 51261.

    NOTE 2—For a comprehensive discussion of various dosimetry methods applicable to the radiation types and energies discussed in this practice, see ICRU Reports 14, 17, 34, 35, and 37.

    4.4 These dosimetry systems may be used in the industrial radiation processing of a variety of products, for example the sterilization of medical devices and radiation processing of foods (5, 7, 13).

    4.5 The available dynamic range indicated in 1.2.1 is achieved by using a variety of radiochromic leuco dyes (Table 1) in a variety of solutions (Table 2).


    4.6 The ingredients of the solutions, in particular the solvents, can be varied so as to simulate a number of materials in terms of the photon mass energy-absorption coefficients, (μen/ρ), for X-rays and gamma-rays and electron mass collision stopping powers, [(1/ρ) dE/dx], over a broad spectral energy range from 0.01 to 100 MeV (18). For special applications certain tissue-equivalent radiochromic solutions have been designed to simulate various materials and anatomical tissues, in terms of values of (μen/ρ) for photons and [(1/ρ) dE/dx] for electrons (18) (see also ICRU Report 44). Tabulations of the values of (μen/ρ) for water (19), the anatomical tissues (17, 19), and three specially designed radiochromic solutions, for photons over the energy range from 0.01 to 20 MeV, and tabulations of the values of [(1/ρ) dE/dx] (17) for water, the tissues and the radiochromic solutions for electrons over the energy range from 0.01 to 20 MeV are given in Refs (12, 13, 18). For additional information see ISO/ASTM Guide 51261, ASTM Practice E 666, and ICRU Reports 14, 17, 35, 37, and 44.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers the procedures for preparation, handling, testing, and using radiochromic liquid dosimetry systems of radiochromic dye solutions held in sealed or capped containers (for example, ampoules, vials). It also covers the use of spectrophotometric or photometric readout equipment for measuring absorbed dose in materials irradiated by photons and electrons.

    1.2 This practice applies to radiochromic liquid dosimeter solutions that can be used within part or all of the specified ranges as follows:

    1.2.1 The absorbed dose range is from 0.5 to 40 000 Gy for photons and electrons.

    1.2.2 The absorbed dose rate is from 10−3 to 1011 Gy/s.

    1.2.3 The radiation energy range for photons is from 0.01 to 20 MeV.

    1.2.4 The radiation energy range for electrons is from 0.01 to 20 MeV.

    NOTE 1—Since electrons with energies less than 0.01 MeV may not penetrate the container of the solution, the solutions may be stirred in an open beaker with the electrons entering the solutions directly (1).

    1.2.5 The irradiation temperature range is from −40 to +60°C.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.240 (Radiation measurements)

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    DOI: 10.1520/ISOASTM51540-04R12

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    ISO / ASTM51540-04(2012), Standard Practice for Use of a Radiochromic Liquid Dosimetry System, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012,

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