PMID: 1202508Nov 1, 1975

Spectra and dosimetry related to neutron irradiations of the human body

Physics in Medicine and Biology
H Ing, W G Cross


Neutron spectra at various locations in a phantom, irradiated by collimated beams of 14 MeV neutrons and neutrons from 252 Cf and Po-Be sources, were calculated using the Monte Carlo technique. These spectra give an indication of the distortion in source spectra associated with neutron irradiations of the body for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. The effect of the spectral distortions on the dose response of several activation and damage track detectors was investigated. Of the dosemeters studied, Np has a dose response most nearly independent (+/-10%) of the spectral changes.


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