New radiochromic film densitometry system using commercially available digital camera and LEDs

Tran, T 2008, New radiochromic film densitometry system using commercially available digital camera and LEDs, Masters by Research, Applied Sciences, RMIT University.


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Title New radiochromic film densitometry system using commercially available digital camera and LEDs
Author(s) Tran, T
Year 2008
Abstract This project involved designing and building a radiochromic film (RCF) densitometer using a still digital camera as the light detector and light emitting diode, LED, as the light source. The behaviour of the LED and charged coupled device (CCD) in the still digital camera, under different light exposure settings (by changing LED current and camera shutter speed) were measured and an optimal setting was determined. Additionally, methods were devised and tests were carried out in order to spread the illumination area of the single light source. Uniform spreading of the LED illumination area was possible by the use of two diffusers placed at an optimum separation distance that was determined in this work.

The usefulness of this custom-made RCF densitometer was demonstrated by using this device to image exposed RCF and using the film analysis software, Image J, to determine the film absorbed dose. Two clinical situations were examined: open and virtual wedge radiation beams.

It was concluded that still digital cameras can be used in RCF densitometers provided they can capture and store raw images, a single diffused LED can illumination an area large enough for RCF densitometry and appropriate film analysis software is needed to extract and handle the large volume of greyscale data from the RCF.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Applied Sciences
Keyword(s) Medical photography
Digital photography
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