Korean J Med Phys.  2010 Mar;21(1):120-125.

Chamber-to-chamber Variations in the Same Type of a Cylindrical Chamber for the Measurements of Absorbed Doses

  • 1Department of Radiation Oncology, College of Medicine, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Radiation Oncology, College of Medicine, Inha University, Incheon, Korea.
  • 3National Institute of Food and Drug Safety Evaluation, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Radiation Oncology, College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Department of Radiation Oncology, Gachon Medical School, Gil Medical Center, Incheon, Korea. jinhoc@ghil.com


For the measurements of an absorbed dose using the standard dosimetry based on an absorbed dose to water the variety of factors, whether big, small, or tiny, may influence the accuracy of dosimetry. The beam quality correction factor kappa(Q, Q(0))of an ionization chamber might also be one of them. The cylindrical type of ionization chamber, the PTW30013 chamber, was chosen for this work and 9 chambers of the same type were collected from several institutes where the chamber types are used for the reference dosimetry. They were calibrated from the domestic Secondary Standard Dosimetry Laboratory with the same electrometer and cable. These calibrated chambers were used to measure absorbed doses to water in the reference condition for the photon beam of 6 MV and 10 MV and the electron beam of 12 MeV from Siemens ONCOR. The biggest difference among chambers amounts to 2.4% for the 6 MV photon beam, 0.8% for the 10 MV photon beam, and 2.4% for the 12 MeV electron beam. The big deviation in the photon of 6 MV demonstrates that if there had been no problems with the process of measurements application of the same kappa(Q, Q(0)) to the chambers used in this study might have influenced the deviation in the photon 6 MV and that how important an external audit is.


Cylindrical ionization chamber; Beam quality correction factor; Dosimetry; Absorbed dose to water calibration factor

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