Evaluation of a Fluorochlorozirconate Glass-Ceramic Storage Phosphor Plate for Gamma-Ray Computed Radiography

Russell L. Leonard*, Sharon K. Gray, Carlos J. Alvarez, Alex K. Moses, Lloyd F. Arrowood, Anthony R. Lubinsky, Amanda K. Petford-Long, Jacqueline A. Johnson

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A fluorochlorozirconate (FCZ) glass-ceramic containing orthorhombic barium chloride crystals doped with divalent europium was evaluated for use as a storage phosphor in gamma-ray imaging. X-ray diffraction and phosphorimetry of the glass-ceramic sample showed the presence of a significant amount of orthorhombic barium chloride crystals in the glass matrix. Transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy were used to identify crystal size, structure, and morphology. The size of the orthorhombic barium chloride crystals in the FCZ glass matrix was very large, ~0.5-0.7 μm, which can limit image resolution. The FCZ glass-ceramic sample was exposed to 1 MeV gamma rays to determine its photostimulated emission characteristics at high energies, which were found to be suitable for imaging applications. Test images were made at 2 MeV energies using gap and step wedge phantoms. Gaps as small as 101.6 μm in a 440 stainless steel phantom were imaged using the sample imaging plate. Analysis of an image created using a depleted uranium step wedge phantom showed that emission is proportional to incident energy at the sample and the estimated absorbed dose. The results showed that the sample imaging plate has potential for gamma-ray-computed radiography and dosimetry applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2541-2547
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry


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