Retrospective radiation dosimetry using electron paramagnetic resonance in canine dental enamel

Rao F.H. Khan, J. Pekar, W. J. Rink, D. R. Boreham

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Abstract

Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) biodosimetry of human tooth enamel has been widely used for measuring radiation doses in various scenarios. We have now developed EPR dosimetry in tooth enamel extracted from canines. Molars and incisors from canines were cleaned by processing in supersaturated aqueous potassium hydroxide solution. The dosimetric signal in canine tooth enamel was found to increase linearly as a function of laboratory added dose from 0.44±0.02 to 4.42±0.22 Gy. The gamma radiation sensitivity of the canine molar enamel was found to be comparable to that of human tooth enamel. The dosimetric signal in canine enamel has been found to be stable up to at least 6 weeks after in vitro irradiation. A dosimetric signal variation of 10-25% was observed for canines ranging from in age 3 years to 16 year old.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-179
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Radiation and Isotopes
Volume62
Issue number2 SPEC. ISS.
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes

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