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Microdosimetry with tissue-equivalent proportional counters (TEPC) has proven to be an ideal dosimetry technique for mixed radiation fields as those ones used in boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT). A new counter, composed of two twin cylindrical mini TEPCs inserted in a slim titanium sleeve of 2.7 mm external diameter, has been constructed. The detector(More)
1PhD, Medical Microbiology Laboratory, Universidade de Caxias do Sul, RS, Brazil 2MS; Medical Microbiology Laboratory, Universidade de Caxias do Sul, RS, Brazil 3Pharmacist; Medical Microbiology Laboratory, Universidade de Caxias do Sul, RS, Brazil 4PhD,Instituto de Biotecnologia, Universidade de Caxias do Sul, RS, Brazil 5PhD, Hospital de Clínicas de Porto(More)
A twin TEPC with electric-field guard tubes has been constructed to be used to characterize the BNCT field of the irradiation facility of LENA reactor. One of the two mini TEPC was doped with 50ppm of (10)B in order to simulate the BNC events occurring in BNCT. By properly processing the two microdosimetric spectra, the gamma, neutron and BNC spectral(More)
Ionisation cluster-size distributions in nanometric volumes of liquid water were determined for alpha particles at 4.6 and 5.4 MeV by measuring cluster-size frequencies in small gaseous volumes of nitrogen or propane at low gas pressure as well as by applying a suitable scaling procedure. This scaling procedure was based on the mean free ionisation lengths(More)
The probability of the formation of ionization clusters by primary alpha-particles at 5.4 MeV in nanometric volumes of propane was studied experimentally and by Monte Carlo simulation, as a function of the distance between the center line of the particle beam and the center of the target volume. The volumes were of cylindrical shape, 3.7 mm in diameter and(More)
A tissue-equivalent proportional counter (TEPC) simulates micrometric volumes of tissue if the energy deposited in the counter cavity is the same as that in the tissue volume. Nevertheless, a TEPC measures only the ionisations created in the gas, which are later converted into imparted energy. Therefore, the equivalence of the simulated diameter (Dρ) in two(More)
In view of the emerging interest of carbon ions in radiotherapy and of the strong correlation between the track structure and the radiobiological effectiveness of ionising radiations, the track-structure properties of (12)C-ions were studied at particle energies close to the Bragg peak. To perform the investigations, ionisation-cluster-size distributions(More)
A thermal column is available for dosimetric and radiobiological studies by the fast reactor TAPIRO, located at the ENEA research centre Casaccia. The TAPIRO neutron field has been studied (in the frame of LNL BNCT project) with a tissue-equivalent proportional counter, which has worked alternatively with an ordinary tissue-equivalent cathode and with a(More)
A mini-tissue-equivalent proportional-counter (TEPC) has been constructed to study the possibility to manufacture mini-counters without field-shaping tubes for radiation therapy. The mini-TEPC can be assembled with and without field-shaping tubes. It can be equipped with a mini-alpha source for a precise lineal energy calibration. After the positive(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the prevalence of class A extended spectrum β-lactamases (ESBL)-producing Escherichia coli and Klebsiella spp., and to investigate clonality among ESBL-producing isolates of nosocomial and community infections. METHODS The study involved 354 nosocomial infections samples and 992 community infections samples, obtained between 2003(More)