Evaluation of a 3D diamond detector for medical radiation dosimetry

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  • External authors:
  • K. Kanxheri
  • L. Servoli
  • Giulio Forcolin
  • Steven Murphy
  • Adam Aitkenhead
  • C. J. Moore
  • A Morozzi
  • D. Passeri
  • M Bellini
  • C Corsi
  • S. Lagomarsino
  • S. Sciortino


Synthetic diamond has several properties that are particularly suited to applications in medical radiation dosimetry. It is tissue equivalent, not toxic and shows a high resistance to radiation damage, low leakage current and stability of response. It is an electrical insulator, robust and realizable in small size; due to these features there are several examples of diamond devices, mainly planar single-crystalline chemical vapor depositation (sCVD) diamond, used for relative dose measurement in photon beams. Thanks to a new emerging technology, diamond devices with 3-dimensional structures are produced by using laser pulses to create graphitic paths in the diamond bulk. The necessary bias voltage to operate such detector decreases considerably while the signal response and radiation resistance increase. In order to evaluate the suitability of this new technology for measuring the dose delivered by radiotherapy beams in oncology a 3D polycrystalline (pCVD) diamond detector designed for single charged particle detection has been tested and the photon beam profile has been studied. The good linearity and high sensitivity to the dose observed in the 3D diamond, opens the way to the possibility of realizing a finely segmented device with the potential for dose distribution measurement in a single exposure for small field dosimetry that nowadays is still extremely challenging.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2017