Presentation Title

Effects of Carbon-14 radioactivity variations in medical dosimetry

Presentation Type

Poster

Full Name of Faculty Mentor

Monica Gray, Physics and Engineering Science

Major

Applied Physics

Presentation Abstract

The half-life decay period has said to be a constant, meaning there were no discoverable environmental causes that could effect nor change the time at which an isotope decayed. Several other recent studies on this topic have taken various types of radioactive isotopes into account and experimented on their half-life decay, and how there may be factors affecting the, as of today known "˜constant', decay. The isotope Carbon-14 was one of the radioactive isoptope studied and experimented on, testing whether or not there were certain factors that influenced the decay rate of Carbon-14. Medical dosimetrists work with cancer patients and calculate doses of Carbon-14 appropriate for the specific tumors present, develop high level treatment procedures and use external beam radiation therapy for treatment. Results using a liquid scintillator, show that there are no factors that overly impact the Carbon-14 decay constant, or which would make a dramatic difference for medical dosimetrists.

Location

Poster Session 2

Start Date

22-4-2021 4:30 PM

End Date

22-4-2021 6:30 PM

Disciplines

Physics

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Effects of Carbon-14 radioactivity variations in medical dosimetry

Poster Session 2

The half-life decay period has said to be a constant, meaning there were no discoverable environmental causes that could effect nor change the time at which an isotope decayed. Several other recent studies on this topic have taken various types of radioactive isotopes into account and experimented on their half-life decay, and how there may be factors affecting the, as of today known "˜constant', decay. The isotope Carbon-14 was one of the radioactive isoptope studied and experimented on, testing whether or not there were certain factors that influenced the decay rate of Carbon-14. Medical dosimetrists work with cancer patients and calculate doses of Carbon-14 appropriate for the specific tumors present, develop high level treatment procedures and use external beam radiation therapy for treatment. Results using a liquid scintillator, show that there are no factors that overly impact the Carbon-14 decay constant, or which would make a dramatic difference for medical dosimetrists.

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