Usage of attenuation coefficients of some tissue-equivalent materials

Tanir A. G. , Ketenci F. S. , BÖLÜKDEMİR M. H.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF PHYSICS, vol.39, no.1, pp.69-74, 2015 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.3906/fiz-1406-10
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.69-74
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


The total attenuation coefficients of 11 biological targets against photon energies were plotted within the energy range 1-10 MeV. From these plots a possible equation describing the relationship between photon energy and the total attenuation coefficient was derived. The suggested equation is itilp = 0.0696/root E. To test the validity of the equation and to compare the results of the total attenuation coefficients of 3 tissue-equivalent materials (bolus, rice grains, and boiled rice) that could not be determined before, they were determined experimentally by using X-rays produced at 6 MV and 18 MV. The results of the experiment show a relatively good match with the computed values using the suggested equation. It is possible to conclude that 1) the suggested equation is a practical way to define the total attenuation coefficients of biological tissue or tissue -equivalent materials and 2) the attenuation coefficient is one of the most important to determine the absorbed dose by patients and so they should be worked out experimentally before treatment.