Dose resolution in radiotherapy polymer gel dosimetry: effect of echo spacing in MRI pulse sequence

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


In polymer gel dosimetry using magnetic resonance imaging, the uncertainty in absorbed dose is dependent on the experimental determination of T2. The concept of dose resolution (Dpdelta) of polymer gel dosimeters is developed and applied to the uncertainty in dose related to the uncertainty in T2 from a range of T4 encountered in polymer gel dosimetry. Dpdelta is defined as the minimal separation between two absorbed doses such that they may be distinguished with a given level of confidence, p. The minimum detectable dose (MDD) is Dpdelta as the dose approaches zero. Dpdelta and the minimum detectable dose both give a quantifiable indication of the likely practical limitations and usefulness of the dosimeter. Dpdelta of a polyacrylamide polymer gel dosimeter is presented for customized 32-echo and standard multiple-spin-echo sequences on a clinical MRI scanner. In evaluating uncertainties in T2, a parameter of particular significance in the pulse sequence is the echo spacing (ES). For optimal results, ES should be selected to minimize Dpdelta over a range of doses of interest in polymer gel dosimetry.


  • C Baldoc
  • M Lepage
  • Sven Bäck
  • P J Murry
  • P M Jayasekera
  • D Porter
  • T Kron
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-460
JournalPhysics in Medicine and Biology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Publication categoryResearch