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# Interaction of Radiation with Matter 21 – 28 Janurary, 2010

Kalpana M. Kanal, Ph.D. 1
Chapter 3: Interaction of Ionizing Radiation and Chapter 3: Interaction of Ionizing Radiation and
Matter Matter
Kalpana M. Kanal, PhD, DABR Kalpana M. Kanal, PhD, DABR
Course Director Course Director
a copy of this lecture may be found at: a copy of this lecture may be found at:
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Chapter 3 Lecture Objectives Chapter 3 Lecture Objectives
Describe the types of radiation Describe the types of radiation - - Electromagnetic and Particulate Electromagnetic and Particulate
Particle interactions with matter Particle interactions with matter
X X- -ray interactions with matter ray interactions with matter
Rayleigh, Compton, Photoelectric and Pair Production Rayleigh, Compton, Photoelectric and Pair Production
Describe the Describe the energy dependence energy dependence of these interactions of these interactions
Describe and calculate the various Describe and calculate the various quantitative parameters quantitative parameters used to used to
characterize characterize x x- -ray ray attenuation attenuation
Differentiate between radiographic exposure Differentiate between radiographic exposure absorbed dose absorbed dose and and
equivalent dose equivalent dose as well as use the correct as well as use the correct radiological units radiological units
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The propagation of energy through Space or Matter The propagation of energy through Space or Matter
Can be thought of as either: Can be thought of as either:
Electromagnetic ( Electromagnetic (EM EM) [visible light, radio waves, x ) [visible light, radio waves, x- -rays] rays]
Particulate (e.g., electron) Particulate (e.g., electron)
EM EM radiation radiation – – propagates as a pair of electric and magnetic fields propagates as a pair of electric and magnetic fields
Wave characteristics Wave characteristics – – c [speed, m/sec] = c [speed, m/sec] = λ λ [wavelength, m] [wavelength, m] · · ν ν
[frequency, 1/sec] [frequency, 1/sec]
As c is essentially constant, then As c is essentially constant, then ν ν ∝ ∝1/ 1/λ λ (inversely proportional) (inversely proportional)
c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics
of Medical Imaging, 2 of Medical Imaging, 2
nd nd
ed., p.19. ed., p.19.
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When interacting with matter, EM When interacting with matter, EM
behavior with bundles of energy behavior with bundles of energy
known as photons, known as photons, E=h E=hν = ν = hc hc/λ /λ
E (keV) = 1.24/ E (keV) = 1.24/ λ λ ( (nm) nm)
λ λ often often measured in angstroms, measured in angstroms,
1 1 Å Å=10 =10
- -10 10
m or 0.1 nm m or 0.1 nm
Multiples of the electron volt (eV) Multiples of the electron volt (eV)
common to medical imaging are the common to medical imaging are the
keV (1000 eV) and the MeV keV (1000 eV) and the MeV
(1,000,000 eV) (1,000,000 eV)
The most significant charged The most significant charged
are: are:
Alpha particles, Electrons, Alpha particles, Electrons,
Positrons, Protons, Neutrons (see Positrons, Protons, Neutrons (see
table 2 table 2- -1 on page 20 of Bushberg) 1 on page 20 of Bushberg)
c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics
of Medical Imaging, 2 of Medical Imaging, 2
nd nd
ed., p.18 ed., p.18
One eV is defined as the energy acquired by an electron as it traverses an electrical potential difference (voltage) of one volt in vacuum
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Physical manifestations are classified in the Physical manifestations are classified in the Ē ĒM M spectrum based on spectrum based on
energy (E) and wavelength ( energy (E) and wavelength (λ λ) and comprise the following general ) and comprise the following general
categories: categories:
rays, gamma rays) rays, gamma rays)
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Except for nuclear medicine, the EM radiation required also inte Except for nuclear medicine, the EM radiation required also interacts racts
(via absorption, scatter) with tissues it penetrates (via absorption, scatter) with tissues it penetrates
In NM, radioactive agents are injected or ingested, and the meta In NM, radioactive agents are injected or ingested, and the metabolic bolic
or physiologic interactions of the agent give rise to the inform or physiologic interactions of the agent give rise to the information in ation in
the images the images
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Particle Interactions Particle Interactions
Energetic charged particles Energetic charged particles
interact with matter via interact with matter via
electrical forces electrical forces
Lose kinetic energy through Lose kinetic energy through
excitation excitation, , ionization ionization and and
Excitation Excitation: transfer of some of : transfer of some of
the incident particle the incident particle’ ’s energy to s energy to
electrons in absorbing material electrons in absorbing material
promoting them to higher promoting them to higher
electron orbitals electron orbitals
Imparted E < E Imparted E < E
b b
→ → emits EM emits EM
(de (de- -excitation) excitation)
c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics
of Medical Imaging, 2 of Medical Imaging, 2
nd nd
ed., p.32. ed., p.32. Kanal Kanal 8 8
Particle Interactions Particle Interactions
Ionization Ionization: imparted E > E : imparted E > E
b b
→ →electron ejected from atom electron ejected from atom
Ion pair formed consisting of Ion pair formed consisting of
ejected electron and positively ejected electron and positively
charged atom charged atom
sometimes sometimes electrons electrons with with
enough kinetic energy produce enough kinetic energy produce
further ionizations (secondary further ionizations (secondary
ionizations) ionizations)
Such e Such e
- -
are called are called ‘ ‘delta delta
rays rays’ ’
Approx. 70% of electron Approx. 70% of electron
non non- -ionizing excitation ionizing excitation
c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics
of Medical Imaging, 2 of Medical Imaging, 2
nd nd
ed., p.32. ed., p.32.
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Specific Ionization Specific Ionization
The number of primary and secondary ion pairs produced per unit The number of primary and secondary ion pairs produced per unit
length of the charged particle is called specific ionization (IP length of the charged particle is called specific ionization (IP/mm) /mm)
SI increases as the particle charge increases and decreases as t SI increases as the particle charge increases and decreases as the he
velocity of the incident particle increases velocity of the incident particle increases
SI of alpha particle can be as high as 7000 IP/mm in air SI of alpha particle can be as high as 7000 IP/mm in air
SI of electrons is much lower in the range of 50 to 100 IP/mm in SI of electrons is much lower in the range of 50 to 100 IP/mm in
air air
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Linear Energy Transfer (LET) Linear Energy Transfer (LET)
Amount of energy deposited per unit length (eV/cm) Amount of energy deposited per unit length (eV/cm)
Product of the SI (IP/cm) and energy deposited per IP (eV/IP) Product of the SI (IP/cm) and energy deposited per IP (eV/IP)
LET LET ∝ ∝ q q
2 2
/KE /KE, q = charge of particle and KE is kinetic energy , q = charge of particle and KE is kinetic energy
Describes the energy deposition density which largely determines Describes the energy deposition density which largely determines
the biologic consequence of radiation exposure the biologic consequence of radiation exposure
High LET radiation: High LET radiation: alpha particles, protons etc. alpha particles, protons etc.
Electrons (electrons, beta particles, positrons) Electrons (electrons, beta particles, positrons)
E EM M radiation (x radiation (x- -rays or rays or γ γ- -rays) rays)
High LET High LET >> >> damaging than low LET radiation damaging than low LET radiation
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Particle Interactions Particle Interactions
Deceleration of an electron around Deceleration of an electron around
a nucleus causes it to emit a nucleus causes it to emit EM EM
responsible for the majority of x responsible for the majority of x- -
rays produced by an x rays produced by an x- -ray tube ray tube
Probability of bremsstrahlung Probability of bremsstrahlung
emission emission ∝ ∝ Z Z
2 2
of the absorber of the absorber
Ratio of Ratio of electron electron energy loss due energy loss due
to to bremsstrahlung vs. excitation bremsstrahlung vs. excitation
and ionization = KE[MeV] and ionization = KE[MeV]· ·Z/820 Z/820
Thus, for an 100 keV electron and Thus, for an 100 keV electron and
tungsten (Z=74) tungsten (Z=74) ≈ ≈ 1% 1%
c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics
of Medical Imaging, 2 of Medical Imaging, 2
nd nd
ed., p.35. ed., p.35.
Z=atomic number
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X X- - and Gamma and Gamma- -Ray Interactions with Matter Ray Interactions with Matter
There are several ways for x There are several ways for x- -rays and gamma rays to be absorbed rays and gamma rays to be absorbed
or scattered by matter or scattered by matter
Four major interactions are of importance to diagnostic radiolog Four major interactions are of importance to diagnostic radiology y
and nuclear medicine, each characterized by a probability of and nuclear medicine, each characterized by a probability of
interaction interaction
Rayleigh (classical or coherent) scattering Rayleigh (classical or coherent) scattering
Compton scattering Compton scattering
Photoelectric effect Photoelectric effect
Pair production Pair production
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Rayleigh (Classical or Elastic) Scattering Rayleigh (Classical or Elastic) Scattering
Excitation of the total atom Excitation of the total atom
occurs as a result of interaction occurs as a result of interaction
with the incident photon with the incident photon
No ionization takes place No ionization takes place
The photon is scattered (re The photon is scattered (re- -
emitted) in different direction emitted) in different direction
No loss of energy No loss of energy
Interaction occurs at very low Interaction occurs at very low
energy diagnostic x energy diagnostic x- -rays such rays such
as in mammography as in mammography
Relatively infrequent Relatively infrequent
probability probability ≈ ≈ 5 5 - - 13% 13%
c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics
of Medical Imaging, 2 of Medical Imaging, 2
nd nd
ed., p.37. ed., p.37.
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Compton (Nonclassical or Inelastic) Scattering Compton (Nonclassical or Inelastic) Scattering
Dominant interaction of x Dominant interaction of x- -rays with soft tissue in the rays with soft tissue in the
diagnostic energy range (26 keV diagnostic energy range (26 keV – – 30 MeV) 30 MeV)
Occurs between the photon and a Occurs between the photon and a “ “free free” ”
outer shell electron outer shell electron
E E
o o
>> BE >> BE
e e
E E
o o
= E = E
sc sc
+ E + E
e e- - ( (BE BE
e e
ignored since very small) ignored since very small)
where m where m
e e
c c
2 2
= 511 = 511
keV keV
The probability of Compton interaction The probability of Compton interaction
proportional to material density ( proportional to material density (ρ ρ) )
Max. energy transferred to electron at 180 deg Max. energy transferred to electron at 180 deg
backscatter backscatter
Max energy to scattered photon is 511 keV at 90 deg Max energy to scattered photon is 511 keV at 90 deg
c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics
of Medical Imaging, 2 of Medical Imaging, 2
nd nd
ed., p.38. ed., p.38.
( )
0
sc
0
2
e
E
E =
E
1+ 1- cosθ
m c
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Compton (Nonclassical or Inelastic) Scattering Compton (Nonclassical or Inelastic) Scattering
E
sc
as a function of E
0
and angle (θ) – Excel spreadsheet
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Compton (Nonclassical or Inelastic) Scattering (2) Compton (Nonclassical or Inelastic) Scattering (2)
As incident photon energy increases As incident photon energy increases
Both scattered photons and Both scattered photons and
electrons are scattered more electrons are scattered more
towards the forward direction towards the forward direction
For a given scattering angle, the For a given scattering angle, the
fraction of energy transferred to the fraction of energy transferred to the
scattered photon decreases scattered photon decreases
At low diagnostic x At low diagnostic x- -ray energies, the ray energies, the
majority of the incident photon energy is majority of the incident photon energy is
transferred to the scattered photon, transferred to the scattered photon,
which if detected by image receptor which if detected by image receptor
would reduce contrast would reduce contrast
c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics
of Medical Imaging, 2 of Medical Imaging, 2
nd nd
ed., p.39. ed., p.39.
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Photoelectric Effect Photoelectric Effect
Interaction of incident photon, Interaction of incident photon, E E
0 0
with inner shell electron with inner shell electron
All E transferred to All E transferred to e e
- -
(ejected photoelectron) as kinetic energy (E (ejected photoelectron) as kinetic energy (E
e e
) )
less the binding energy: E less the binding energy: E
e e
= E = E
0 0
– – E E
b b
Photon totally absorbed Photon totally absorbed
Empty shell immediately filled with Empty shell immediately filled with e e
- -
from outer orbitals resulting in from outer orbitals resulting in
the emission of characteristic x the emission of characteristic x- -rays rays
c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics
of Medical Imaging, 2 of Medical Imaging, 2
nd nd
ed., p.41. ed., p.41. Kanal Kanal 18 18
Photoelectric Effect (2) Photoelectric Effect (2)
Products: Products:
Characteristic x Characteristic x- -rays and/or auger electrons rays and/or auger electrons
Negative ion (photoelectron) and positive ion (atom) Negative ion (photoelectron) and positive ion (atom)
Probability of photoelectric absorption Probability of photoelectric absorption ∝ ∝ Z Z
3 3
/ /E E
3 3
Due to the absorption of the incident x Due to the absorption of the incident x- -ray without scatter, ray without scatter, maximum maximum
subject contrast arises with a subject contrast arises with a photoelectric photoelectric effect interaction effect interaction
Explains why Explains why contrast contrast ↓ ↓ as higher energy x as higher energy x- -rays are used rays are used in the in the
imaging process imaging process
If photon energies are doubled, the probability of photoelectric If photon energies are doubled, the probability of photoelectric
interaction is decreased by a factor of 8 interaction is decreased by a factor of 8
Increased probability of Increased probability of photoelectric photoelectric absorption just above the absorption just above the E E
b b
of of
the inner shells cause discontinuities in the attenuation profil the inner shells cause discontinuities in the attenuation profiles (e.g., es (e.g.,
K K- -edge edge) )
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Photoelectric Effect (3) Photoelectric Effect (3)
c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics
of Medical Imaging, 2 of Medical Imaging, 2
nd nd
ed., p.43. ed., p.43.
33.2 keV
37.4 keV
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Photoelectric Effect (4) Photoelectric Effect (4)
Edges become significant factors for higher Z materials as the E Edges become significant factors for higher Z materials as the E
b b
are in the diagnostic energy range: are in the diagnostic energy range:
Contrast agents Contrast agents – – barium (Ba, Z=56) and iodine (I, Z=53) barium (Ba, Z=56) and iodine (I, Z=53)
Rare earth materials used for intensifying screens Rare earth materials used for intensifying screens – – lanthanum lanthanum
(La, Z=57) and gadolinium (Gd, Z=64) (La, Z=57) and gadolinium (Gd, Z=64)
Increased absorption probabilities improve subject contrast and Increased absorption probabilities improve subject contrast and
quantum detective efficiency quantum detective efficiency
At photon E << 50 keV, the photoelectric effect plays an importa At photon E << 50 keV, the photoelectric effect plays an important nt
role in imaging soft tissue, amplifying small differences in tis role in imaging soft tissue, amplifying small differences in tissues of sues of
slightly different Z, thus improving subject contrast (e.g., in slightly different Z, thus improving subject contrast (e.g., in
mammography) mammography)
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The photoelectric process dominates when lower energy photons
interact with high Z materials. This it the primary mode of interaction of
x-rays with screen phosphors, contrast materials and bone.
Compton scattering will dominate at most photon energies in
materials of lower atomic number such as tissue and air.
c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics
of Medical Imaging, 2 of Medical Imaging, 2
nd nd
ed., p.43. ed., p.43.
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Pair Production Pair Production
Conversion of energy to mass occurs upon the interaction of a hi Conversion of energy to mass occurs upon the interaction of a high gh
E photon (> 1.02 MeV; rest mass of e E photon (> 1.02 MeV; rest mass of e
- -
= 511 keV) in the vicinity of a = 511 keV) in the vicinity of a
nucleus nucleus
Creates a negatron ( Creates a negatron (β β
- -
) ) - - positron ( positron (β β
+ +
) pair ) pair
The The β β
+ +
annihilates with an annihilates with an e e
- -
to create two 511 keV photons to create two 511 keV photons
separated at an separated at an θ of 180 of 180
o o
Not important in diagnostic x Not important in diagnostic x- -ray imaging because of the high ray imaging because of the high
energy threshold requirement for this to occur energy threshold requirement for this to occur
c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics
of Medical Imaging, 2 of Medical Imaging, 2
nd nd
ed., p.44. ed., p.44.
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Question Question
In comparison to 20 keV photons, the probability of photoelectri In comparison to 20 keV photons, the probability of photoelectric c
interaction in bone at 60 keV is approximately: interaction in bone at 60 keV is approximately:
A. 27 times as great. A. 27 times as great.
B. 3 times as great. B. 3 times as great.
C. The same. C. The same.
D. 3 times less. D. 3 times less.
E. 27 times less. E. 27 times less.
remember: PE remember: PE ∝ ∝ Z Z
3 3
/ /E E
3 3
≈ ≈ (Z/60) (Z/60)
3 3
/ /(Z/20) (Z/20)
3 3
= (20/60) = (20/60)
3 3
= (1/3) = (1/3)
3 3
= 1/27 = 1/27
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Question Question
Electrons lose energy when passing through matter by: Electrons lose energy when passing through matter by:
1. Production of bremsstrahlung. 1. Production of bremsstrahlung.
2. Photoelectric interactions. 2. Photoelectric interactions.
3. Collisions with other electrons. 3. Collisions with other electrons.
4. Production of delta rays. 4. Production of delta rays.
A. 1 and 2 A. 1 and 2
B. 3 and 4 B. 3 and 4
C. 1, 3 and 4 C. 1, 3 and 4
D. 1, 2 and 3 D. 1, 2 and 3
E. All of the above. E. All of the above.
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Question Question
Which is characteristic of photon interaction with soft tissue? Which is characteristic of photon interaction with soft tissue?
A. A. Some Compton, some PE, no pair production. Some Compton, some PE, no pair production.
B. B. Some Compton, some pair production, no PE. Some Compton, some pair production, no PE.
C. C. Brehmstralung only. Brehmstralung only.
D. D. Pair production only. Pair production only.
E. E. Compton only. Compton only.
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Question Question
In Compton interactions, the primary x ray will interact with an In Compton interactions, the primary x ray will interact with an outer outer
electron resulting in electron resulting in
A) ejected electron + positron A) ejected electron + positron
B) ejected electron + characteristic x ray B) ejected electron + characteristic x ray
C) recoil electron + photon of less energy C) recoil electron + photon of less energy
D) conversion electron + photon of less energy D) conversion electron + photon of less energy
E) auger electron + photon of less energy E) auger electron + photon of less energy
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Attenu Attenuation of X ation of X- - and Gamma Rays and Gamma Rays
Attenu Attenuation ation is the removal of photons from a beam of x is the removal of photons from a beam of x- - or gamma or gamma
rays as it passes through matter rays as it passes through matter
Attenu Attenuation is c ation is caused by both absorption and scattering of the aused by both absorption and scattering of the
primary photons primary photons
Linear Linear Attenu Attenuation Coefficient ( ation Coefficient (μ μ) )
Fraction of photons removed from a Fraction of photons removed from a monoenergetic monoenergetic beam of x beam of x- -
and gamma rays per unit thickness of material and gamma rays per unit thickness of material (cm (cm
- -1 1
) )
The number of photons removed from the beam traversing a very The number of photons removed from the beam traversing a very
small thickness small thickness Δ Δx x can be expressed as: can be expressed as:
n n = = μ μ Ν Ν Δ Δx x
n n = number of photons removed from beam = number of photons removed from beam
N N = number of photons incident on the material = number of photons incident on the material
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Attenu Attenuation of X ation of X- - and Gamma Rays (2) and Gamma Rays (2)
n n = = μ μ Ν Ν Δ Δx x
However, as the thickness increases, the relationship is not lin However, as the thickness increases, the relationship is not linear ear
Thus for a Thus for a monoenergetic monoenergetic beam of photons incident upon either beam of photons incident upon either
thick or thin slabs of material, an exponential relationship exi thick or thin slabs of material, an exponential relationship exists sts
between the number of incident photons (N between the number of incident photons (N
0 0
) ) a and nd tr tra ansmitted nsmitted
photons (N) through thickness x without inter photons (N) through thickness x without intera action ction
N = N N = N
0 0
e e
- -μ μ· ·x x
μ μ
total total
(E (E) = ) = μ μ
RS RS
(E) + (E) + μ μ
PE PE
(E) + (E) + μ μ
CS CS
(E) + (E) + μ μ
PP PP
(E) (E)
Energy dependent, Energy dependent, μ μ(E) (E) ↓ ↓ as E as E ↑ ↑ (except (except at k at k- -edge) edge), ,
e.g., for soft tissue e.g., for soft tissue
μ μ(30 (30 keV keV) = 0.35 cm ) = 0.35 cm
- -1 1
and and μ μ(100 (100 keV keV) = 0.16 cm ) = 0.16 cm
- -1 1
Multiply by 100% to get % removed from the beam/cm Multiply by 100% to get % removed from the beam/cm
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Attenu Attenuation of X ation of X- - and Gamma Rays (3) and Gamma Rays (3)
At At low x low x- -ray E ray E: : μ μ
PE PE
(E) dominates and (E) dominates and μ μ(E) (E) ∝ ∝ Z Z
3 3
/ /E E
3 3
At At high x high x- -ray E ray E: : μ μ
CS CS
(E) dominates and (E) dominates and μ μ(E) (E) ∝ ∝ ρ ρ
Only at very Only at very- -high E (> 1MeV) does high E (> 1MeV) does μ μ
PP PP
(E) contribute (E) contribute
The value of The value of μ μ(E) is dependent on the phase state: (E) is dependent on the phase state:
μ μ
water vapor water vapor
< < μ μ
ice ice
< < μ μ
water water
c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics
of Medical Imaging, 2 of Medical Imaging, 2
nd nd
ed., p.46. ed., p.46.
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Attenu Attenuation of X ation of X- - and Gamma Rays (4) and Gamma Rays (4)
The linear attenuation coefficient, The linear attenuation coefficient,
normalized to unit density is called normalized to unit density is called
the mass attenuation coefficient the mass attenuation coefficient
μ μ
m m
= = μ μ [ [cm cm
- -1 1
] ] / / ρ ρ [g/cm [g/cm
3 3
] ]
μ μ
m m
[cm [cm
2 2
/g] /g]
Independent of density ( Independent of density (ρ ρ) )
N = N N = N
0 0
e e
- -(u/ (u/ρ ρ) ) · ·ρ ρx x
ρ ρx x - - m ma ass ss thickness or thickness or a are rea al l
thickness thickness
two ice cubes
c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics
of Medical Imaging, 2 of Medical Imaging, 2
nd nd
ed., p.47. ed., p.47.
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Linear and Mass Attenuation Coefficients Linear and Mass Attenuation Coefficients
c.f. Wolbarst. Physics of Radiology, pp. 108, 110. c.f. Wolbarst. Physics of Radiology, pp. 108, 110.
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Half Value Layer Half Value Layer
Thickness of material required to reduce the intensity of the in Thickness of material required to reduce the intensity of the incident cident
beam by beam by ½ ½
½ ½ = e = e
- -μ μ(E) (E)· ·HVL HVL
or or HVL = 0.693/ HVL = 0.693/μ μ(E) (E)
Units of HVL expressed in Units of HVL expressed in mm Al mm Al for a Dx x for a Dx x- -ray beam ray beam a and nd is is a a
surrog surroga ate te me mea asure of the sure of the a aver vera age ge energy of the photons in the energy of the photons in the
be bea am m
Reduction in be Reduction in bea am intensity c m intensity ca an be expressed n be expressed a as s ( (½ ½) )
n n
The HVL is function of photon energy, geometry The HVL is function of photon energy, geometry and attenuating and attenuating
material material
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Question Question
If the linear attenuation coefficient is 0.05 cm If the linear attenuation coefficient is 0.05 cm
- -1 1
, the HVL is: , the HVL is:
A. 0.0347 cm A. 0.0347 cm
B. 0.05 cm B. 0.05 cm
C. 0.693 cm C. 0.693 cm
D. 1.386 cm D. 1.386 cm
E. 13.86 cm E. 13.86 cm
HVL = 0.693/ HVL = 0.693/μ μ = 0.693/0.05 cm = 0.693/0.05 cm
- -1 1
≈ ≈ 0.7 x 20 cm = 14 cm 0.7 x 20 cm = 14 cm
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Effective Energy, Mean Free Path and Effective Energy, Mean Free Path and
Beam Hardening Beam Hardening
The The effective (avg.) E effective (avg.) E of an polychromatic x of an polychromatic x- -ray beam is ray beam is ⅓ ⅓ to to ½ ½ the peak the peak
value (kVp) and is essentially an estimate of the penetration po value (kVp) and is essentially an estimate of the penetration power of the x wer of the x- -
ray beam ray beam
Mean free path Mean free path (avg. path length of x (avg. path length of x- -ray) = 1/ ray) = 1/μ μ = HVL/0.693 = 1.44 HVL = HVL/0.693 = 1.44 HVL
Beam hardening Beam hardening
The Bremsstrahlung process produces a wide spectrum of energies The Bremsstrahlung process produces a wide spectrum of energies
As lower E photons have a greater attenuation coefficient, they As lower E photons have a greater attenuation coefficient, they are are
preferentially removed from the beam, thus the mean energy of th preferentially removed from the beam, thus the mean energy of the e
resulting beam is shifted to higher E resulting beam is shifted to higher E
Homogeneity coefficient = 1 Homogeneity coefficient = 1
st st
HVL/2 HVL/2
nd nd
HVL HVL
c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics
of Medical Imaging, 2 of Medical Imaging, 2
nd nd
ed., p.51. ed., p.51.
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Question Question
The intensity of a beam is reduced by 50% after passing through The intensity of a beam is reduced by 50% after passing through x x
cm of an absorber. Its attenuation coefficient, cm of an absorber. Its attenuation coefficient, μ μ, is: , is:
A. (0.693) A. (0.693)· ·x x
B. x/0.693 B. x/0.693
C. 0.693/x C. 0.693/x
D. 2x D. 2x
E. (0.693) E. (0.693)· ·x x
2 2
HVL = 0.693/ HVL = 0.693/μ μ, so , so μ μ = 0.693/HVL = 0.693/x = 0.693/HVL = 0.693/x
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Fluence, Flux and Energy Fluence Fluence, Flux and Energy Fluence
Fluence ( Fluence (Φ Φ) = number of photons/cross sectional area [cm ) = number of photons/cross sectional area [cm
- -2 2
] ]
Flux (d Flux (dΦ Φ/dt) /dt) = fluence rate = fluence/sec [cm = fluence rate = fluence/sec [cm
- -2 2
- -sec sec
- -1 1
] ]
Energy fluence ( Energy fluence (Ψ Ψ) = (photons/area) ) = (photons/area)· ·(energy/photon) = (energy/photon) = Φ Φ · ·E [keV E [keV- -
cm cm
- -2 2
] or [J ] or [J- -m m
- -2 2
] ]
Energy flux (d Energy flux (dΨ Ψ/dt) /dt) = energy fluence rate = energy fluence/sec [keV = energy fluence rate = energy fluence/sec [keV- -
cm cm
- -2 2
- -sec sec
- -1 1
] ]
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Kerma Kerma
Kerma Kerma = Kinetic Energy Released in MAtter = Kinetic Energy Released in MAtter
Defined as the kinetic energy transferred to charged particles b Defined as the kinetic energy transferred to charged particles by indirectly y indirectly
Units are J/kg or gray Units are J/kg or gray
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Absorbed Dose Absorbed Dose
Absorbed Dose = energy deposited Absorbed Dose = energy deposited
by ionizing radiation per unit mass of by ionizing radiation per unit mass of
material material
Δ ΔE/ E/Δ Δm m [J/kg] [J/kg]
SI units of absorbed dose = gray SI units of absorbed dose = gray
(Gy); 1 Gy = 1 J/kg (Gy); 1 Gy = 1 J/kg
a absorbed bsorbed d dose) ose) = 10 mGy; 100 rads = 10 mGy; 100 rads
= 1 Gy = 1 Gy
c.f. http://www.uic.com.au/ral.htm c.f. http://www.uic.com.au/ral.htm
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Exposure and Dose Exposure and Dose
Exposure (X): the amount of Exposure (X): the amount of
electrical charge ( electrical charge (Δ ΔQ Q) produced by ) produced by
ionizing radiation per mass ( ionizing radiation per mass (Δ Δm) of m) of
air air = = Δ ΔQ/ Q/Δ Δm m [C/kg] [C/kg]
2.58x10 2.58x10
- -4 4
C/kg C/kg
also mR = 10 also mR = 10
- -3 3
R R
Measured using an air Measured using an air- -filled filled
ionization chamber ionization chamber
Output intensity of an x Output intensity of an x- -ray tube (I) ray tube (I)
= X/mAs [mR/mAs] = X/mAs [mR/mAs]
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Exposure and Dose Exposure and Dose
Dose (Gy) = Exposure (R) Dose (Gy) = Exposure (R) · · (R to (R to
or or Gray conversion factor) Gray conversion factor)
R to Gray conversion factor = R to Gray conversion factor =
0.00876 0.00876 ≈ ≈ 1 1 for air for air
D D
a air ir
(mGy) = 8.76 (mGy) = 8.76 · · X (R) X (R)
D D
air air
( (μ μGy) = 8.76 Gy) = 8.76 · · X ( X (mR mR) )
Exposure is ne Exposure is nearly proportional to arly proportional to
dose in soft tissue over the dose in soft tissue over the
For bone, the roentgen For bone, the roentgen- -to to- -rad rad
conversion factor approaches 4 conversion factor approaches 4
c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics
of Medical Imaging, 2 of Medical Imaging, 2
nd nd
ed., p.55. ed., p.55.
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Imparted Energy and Equivalent Dose Imparted Energy and Equivalent Dose
Imparted Energy [J] = Dose [J/kg] Imparted Energy [J] = Dose [J/kg] · · mass [kg] mass [kg]
Equivalent Dose (H) [Sievert or Sv] Equivalent Dose (H) [Sievert or Sv]
In general, In general, ‘ ‘high LET high LET’ ’ radiation (e.g., alpha particles and protons) radiation (e.g., alpha particles and protons)
are much more damaging than are much more damaging than ‘ ‘low LET low LET’ ’ radiation, which include radiation, which include
electrons and ionizing radiation such as x electrons and ionizing radiation such as x- -rays and gamma rays rays and gamma rays
and thus are given different radiation weighting factors ( and thus are given different radiation weighting factors (w w
R R
) )
X X- -rays/gamma rays/electrons: LET rays/gamma rays/electrons: LET ≈ ≈ 2 keV/ 2 keV/μ μm; m; w w
R R
= 1 = 1
Protons (< 2MeV): LET Protons (< 2MeV): LET ≈ ≈ 20 keV/ 20 keV/μ μm; m; w w
R R
= 5 = 5- -10 10
Neutrons (E dep.): LET Neutrons (E dep.): LET ≈ ≈ 4 4- -20 keV/ 20 keV/μ μm; m; w w
R R
= 5 = 5- -20 20
Alpha Particle: LET Alpha Particle: LET ≈ ≈ 40 keV/ 40 keV/μ μm; m; w w
R R
= 20 = 20
H = D H = D · · w w
R R
; 1 Sv = 100 rem (traditional unit), 1 rem = 10 mSv ; 1 Sv = 100 rem (traditional unit), 1 rem = 10 mSv
Replaced the quantity formerly known as dose equivalent Replaced the quantity formerly known as dose equivalent
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Effective Dose Effective Dose
Not all tissues equally Not all tissues equally
ICRP publication 60 (1991): tissue ICRP publication 60 (1991): tissue
weighting factors ( weighting factors (w w
T T
) )
First calculate the equivalent dose First calculate the equivalent dose
to each organ: to each organ: ( (H H
T T
) [Sv] ) [Sv]
Effective Dose (E) [Sv] Effective Dose (E) [Sv]
E = E = ∑ ∑ w w
T T
· · H H
T T
Replaces the Replaces the quantity formerly quantity formerly
known as effective dose known as effective dose
equivalent ( equivalent (H H
E E
) using different ) using different w w
T T
per ICRP publication 26 (1977) per ICRP publication 26 (1977)
c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics
of Medical Imaging, 2 of Medical Imaging, 2
nd nd
ed., p.58. ed., p.58.
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Summary Summary
c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics c.f. Bushberg, et al. The Essential Physics
of Medical Imaging, 2 of Medical Imaging, 2
nd nd
ed., p.59. ed., p.59.
Used to Used to
compare compare
assessment assessment
of equi pment of equi pment
performance performance
etc. etc.
Used to Used to
calculate organ calculate organ
dose such as dose such as
dose to uterus dose to uterus
Used to Used to
compare risk of compare risk of
stochastic stochastic
effects, effects,
compare compare
different different
imaging proc. imaging proc.
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Question Question
Match the type of radiation with its description. Match the type of radiation with its description.
A. Ionizing elementary particles A. Ionizing elementary particles
B. Non B. Non- -ionizing elementary particles ionizing elementary particles
C. Ionizing photons C. Ionizing photons
D. Non D. Non- -ionizing photons ionizing photons
E. Other E. Other
G46 G46. Betas . Betas
G48 G48. Visible light . Visible light
G49 G49. X . X- -rays rays
G50 G50. Ultrasound . Ultrasound
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Question Question
Match the quality factor (Q) or radiation weighting factor (w Match the quality factor (Q) or radiation weighting factor (w
R R
) used in ) used in
A. 10 A. 10
B. 2 B. 2
C. 1 C. 1
D. 0.693 D. 0.693
E. 20 E. 20
G2 G2. 1.25 MeV gammas . 1.25 MeV gammas
G3 G3. 100 keV x . 100 keV x- -rays rays
G4 G4. 200 keV neutrons . 200 keV neutrons
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Question Question
Match the following units with the quantities below: Match the following units with the quantities below:
A. Bq A. Bq
B. Sv B. Sv
C. C/kg C. C/kg
D. Gy D. Gy
E. J E. J
G3 G3. Absorbed dose . Absorbed dose
G4 G4. . Activity Activity
G5 G5. Exposure . Exposure
G6 G6. Equivalent Dose . Equivalent Dose
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Question Question
Equivalent Equivalent Dose is greater than absorbed dose for __________. Dose is greater than absorbed dose for __________.
A. X A. X- -rays above 10 MeV rays above 10 MeV
B. Kilovoltage x B. Kilovoltage x- -rays rays
C. Electrons C. Electrons
D. Neutrons D. Neutrons
E. All charged particles E. All charged particles
Remember: Remember: H = D H = D · · w w
R R
X X- -rays/gamma rays/electrons: LET rays/gamma rays/electrons: LET ≈ ≈ 2 keV/ 2 keV/μ μm; w m; w
R R
= 1 = 1
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Question Question
Match the unit with the quantity it measures. (Answers may be us Match the unit with the quantity it measures. (Answers may be used ed
more than once or not at all.) more than once or not at all.)
A. Frequency. A. Frequency.
B. Wavelength. B. Wavelength.
C. Power. C. Power.
D. Absorbed dose. D. Absorbed dose.
E. Energy. E. Energy.
G2 G2. Electron volt . Electron volt
G3 G3. Hertz . Hertz
G4 G4. Joule . Joule
G5 G5. Gray . Gray