Fricke gel radiochemical sensors based on various matrices have been studied for decades as 3D dosimeters for radiotherapy. Despite their many appealing features, progressive aging and blurring of the signal have prevented the widespread use of these dosimeters, so far. We have addressed these shortcomings and hereby present our development of a Fricke gel based on a chemically crosslinked PVA matrix. We investigated the influence of several parameters of the polymeric matrix on sensitivity, diffusion coefficient and spontaneous oxidation of the proposed gel dosimeter. Based on these findings, we optimized the gel compositions. Our new gel formulation combines transparency, high sensitivity and simple production method, typical of gels based on natural polymers, with low diffusion coefficient and slow spontaneous oxidation typical of PVA gels made by freezing-thawing.
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