The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency ARPANSA

Yallambie, Australia

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency ARPANSA

Yallambie, Australia
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Oliver C.,The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency ARPANSA | Butler D.,The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency ARPANSA | Webb D.,The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency ARPANSA | Wright T.,The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency ARPANSA | And 4 more authors.
Australasian Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine | Year: 2015

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) maintains a 60Co teletherapy source primarily for the calibration of therapy dosemeters. The source and encapsulating head were replaced in early 2010 with an Eldorado 78 head and new60Co source. In this article we present the results of ongoing accuracy and stability measurements since the replacement. A number of formal and informal indirect comparisons have been carried out with laboratories holding primary and secondary standards for60Co. ARPANSA chambers have also been calibrated at international primary standard laboratories allowing comparison of calibration coefficients and thus60Co absorbed dose standards.60Co calibration coefficients supplied by manufacturers of chambers were compared to those measured at the ARPANSA when this calibration was traceable to a primary standard. ARPANSA also participates in an annual international mailed dosimetry audit conducted by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The results thus far demonstrate that the absorbed doses to water delivered by the new ARPANSA 60Co source are consistent with international doses within the stated uncertainties. © Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine 2015.


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Type: Journal Article | Journal: Australasian physical & engineering sciences in medicine | Year: 2015

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) maintains a (60)Co teletherapy source primarily for the calibration of therapy dosemeters. The source and encapsulating head were replaced in early 2010 with an Eldorado 78 head and new (60)Co source. In this article we present the results of ongoing accuracy and stability measurements since the replacement. A number of formal and informal indirect comparisons have been carried out with laboratories holding primary and secondary standards for (60)Co. ARPANSA chambers have also been calibrated at international primary standard laboratories allowing comparison of calibration coefficients and thus (60)Co absorbed dose standards. (60)Co calibration coefficients supplied by manufacturers of chambers were compared to those measured at the ARPANSA when this calibration was traceable to a primary standard. ARPANSA also participates in an annual international mailed dosimetry audit conducted by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The results thus far demonstrate that the absorbed doses to water delivered by the new ARPANSA (60)Co source are consistent with international doses within the stated uncertainties.

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