New cancer treatment modalities aim to improve the dose delivered to the tumor while sparing healthy tissue as much as possible. Various approaches are being developed, including the temporal optimization of the dose delivered with very high dose rate irradiation (FLASH).
In this particular case, recent studies have shown that FLASH irradiation with electrons was as effective as photon beam treatments for tumor destruction while being less harmful to healthy tissue. For these beams, the instantaneous doses are up to several orders of magnitude higher than those produced by conventional beams. Conventional active dosimeters saturate under irradiation conditions at very high dose rates per pulse, therefore on-line dosimetry of the beam is not possible.
We propose to develop a dosimeter dedicated to the measurement of beams in FLASH radiotherapy based on an ultra-fast plastic scintillator coupled with a silicon photomultiplier sensor (SiPM). The novelty of the project lies both in the chemical composition of the plastic scintillator which will be chosen for its response time and its wavelength emission to have a response adapted to the impulse characteristics of the beam, and in the final sensor with the possibility of coupling the plastic scintillator to a miniaturized SiPM matrix.
The final goal is to be able to access, with a reliable methodology, the dosimetry and in-line geometry of FLASH beams.