Microdosimetry: Experimental Methods and Applications

Lennart Lindborg, Anthony Waker

July 11, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 204 Pages - 77 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781482217407 - CAT# K22103

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  • Provides a description of the fundamental stochastic quantities used in microdosimetry
  • Includes a detailed account of both pulse height analyses of single event energy deposition and variance-covariance analyses of multiple events as well as general procedures for using tissue equivalent proportional counters and ionization chambers
  • Reviews and illustrates the interpretation of microdosimetric spectra
  • Discusses a critical overview of the theories and models of radiation action and the applications of experimental microdosimetry in radiation biology and radiation therapy
  • Presents an overview of the quantities used in radiation protection dosimetry and the application of experimental microdosimetry in practical radiation protection and radiation metrology


Experimental microdosimetry deals with the measurement of charged particle energy deposition in tissue equivalent volumes, ranging in size from nanometres to micrometres. Microdosimetry is employed to improve our understanding of the relationship between radiation energy deposition, the resulting biological effects, and the appropriate quantities to be used in characterizing and quantifying radiation quality.

Although many reviews and contributions to the field have been published over the past fifty years, this new book is the first to provide a single, up to date, and easily accessible account of experimental microdosimetry.

This book is designed to be used in medical, radiation, and health physics courses and by Master’s and PhD students. In addition to serving as an introductory text to the field for graduate students, this book will also be of interest as a teaching and reference resource for graduate supervisors and established researchers.

Drs. Lennart Lindborg and Anthony Waker have spent a life-time career in experimental microdosimetry research in academic, industrial and regulatory environments and have observed the development of the field from its early days as a recognized discipline; they bring to this book particular knowledge and experience in the design, construction, operation and use of tissue equivalent gas ionization counters and chambers.


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