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SIM.RI(I)-K3 Comparison of Calibration Coefficients at Radiotherapy Level for Orthovoltage X-ray Beams



C M. O'Brien, J.P. McCaffrey, H Shen, M Saravi, G M. Ortiz, G Stefanic, M Carlos, C.N.M. da Silva, J L. Alvarez, V Tovar


Air-kerma calibration coefficients were compared at the radiotherapy level for orthovoltage x-ray beams in the SIM.RI(I)-K3 comparison for members of the Sistema Interamericano de Metrología (SIM). Five SIM laboratories participated in the comparison: NIST, NRC, ININ, CNEA and LNMRI, the NIST being the pilot laboratory. Results from the comparison are linked to the BIPM.RI(I)-K3 key comparison reference value through the NIST-BIPM comparison made in 2003 and will meet requirements of the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) to support several CMCs (calibration and measurement capability claims) of the participants. The comparison began in October of 2007 and the measurements were completed in September 2008. The results reveal the degree to which the participating calibration facility can demonstrate proficiency in transferring air-kerma calibrations under the conditions of the said facility at the time of the measurements. The evaluation of the degrees of equivalence was performed as described in the comparison protocol. The comparison of the calibration coefficients for the four chambers is based on the average ratios of the calibration coefficients measured at the NIST and at each participating laboratory.


air kerma, free-air ionization chamber, primary standard, reference radiation qualities, x-rays, x-ray calibration, transfer standard


O'Brien, C. , McCaffrey, J. , Shen, H. , Saravi, M. , Ortiz, G. , Stefanic, G. , Carlos, M. , da, C. , Alvarez, J. and Tovar, V. (2015), SIM.RI(I)-K3 Comparison of Calibration Coefficients at Radiotherapy Level for Orthovoltage X-ray Beams, Metrologia (Accessed May 24, 2024)


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Created February 2, 2015, Updated February 19, 2017