MALAYSIAN PARTICIPATION IN THE IAEA/WHO TLD POSTAL DOSE QUALITY AUDIT SERVICE: DATA ANALYSIS FROM 2011-2015
In this paper, we report the dosimetry methodology used in the IAEA/WHO Thermoluminescent Dosimeter (TLD) Postal Dose Quality Audit Service and the results of 22 Malaysian radiotherapy centres participated in the audit from 2011 to 2015. Each participating centre was provided with a few sets of TLD capsule (two unit of TLD capsules to be irradiated and a control TLD in one set) as requested by the centres. The participating centres were asked to irradiate each TLD capsule at 2 Gy absorbed a dose to water under reference conditions i.e the TLD capsule is positioned at 10 cm depths in water, at central axis with 10 cm x 10 cm field size at 100 cm Source-Surface Distance or 100 cm Source-Axis Distance. In this period, a total of 70 photon beams consist of 43 beams and 27 beams produced by 6 MV and 10 MV photon beams, respectively have been audited. The results demonstrated that all participating centres comply with the acceptance limits of ± 5% as recommended by the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements (ICRU) Report 24, except eight photon beams from six centres. However, these centres presented better compliance results after being followed up with a second round of TLD irradiation.