Antonio Stefano Guerra

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Energy and angular distributions of electron beams with different energies were simulated by Monte Carlo calculations. These beams were generated by the NOVAC7 system (Hitesys, Italy), a mobile electron accelerator specifically dedicated to intra-operative radiation therapy (IORT). The electron beam simulations were verified by comparing the measured dose(More)
The primary standard of absorbed dose to water established at ENEA for the Co-60 gamma-ray quality is based on a graphite calorimeter and an ionometric transfer system. This standard was recently improved after a more accurate assessment of some perturbation effects in the calorimeter and a modification of the water phantom shape and size. The conversion(More)
The correction for charge recombination was determined for different plane-parallel ionization chambers exposed to clinical electron beams with low and high dose per pulse, respectively. The electron energy was nearly the same (about 7 and 9 MeV) for any of the beams used. Boag's two-voltage analysis (TVA) was used to determine the correction for ion(More)
High-energy electron beams generated by linear accelerators, typically in the range 6 to 20 MeV, are used in small field sizes for radiotherapy of localized superficial tumors. Unshielded silicon diodes (Si-D) are commonly considered suitable detectors for relative dose measurements in small electron fields due to their high spatial resolution. Recently, a(More)
PURPOSE Aim of the present work is to evaluate the synthetic single crystal diamond Schottky photodiode developed at the laboratories of "Tor Vergata" University in Rome in a new dosimeter configuration specifically designed for offline wireless in vivo dosimetry (IVD) applications. METHODS The new diamond based dosimeter, single crystal diamond detector(More)
In the present work, the correlated sampling technique in Monte Carlo calculations related to diamond dosimetry and graphite calorimetry will be described. The egs_chamber and DOSRZnrc user-codes included in the EGSnrc package are used. Egs_chamber is already provided with routines enabling the use of correlated sampling while an in-house implementation of(More)
Percentage depth doses (PDDs) and transverse dose profiles (TDPs) were calculated by a Monte Carlo simulation of electron beams of different energies (3, 5, 7 and 9 MeV) produced by a NOVAC7® accelerator. The NOVAC7® is a linear accelerator designed for Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT). The PDDs and TDPs were also experimentally determined. Both(More)
The purpose of this study was to compare the dosimetric properties of small field electron beams shaped by circular Cerrobend blocks and stainless steel tubular applicators. Percentage depth dose curves, beam profiles, and output factors of small-size circular fields from 2 to 5 cm diameter, obtained either by tubular applicators and Cerrobend blocks, were(More)
This paper summarizes the progress on the construction of a graphite calorimeter for the measurement of absorbed dose to water Dw in medium-energy filtered x-ray qualities, as part of the EMRPfunded project “Metrology for radiotherapy using complex radiation fields” (MetrExtRT, The design and the construction of a new primary(More)
− In the current brachytherapy practice, the procedures to determine the absorbed dose imparted to the patient are affected by an uncertainty higher than in radiotherapy with external beams. That could reduce the success of brachytherapy treatments. Most of the uncertainty is due to a lacking metrology: no absorbed-dose primary standards are so far(More)