This is the (still secret) TLD reader
Our 1mm calibrated thermoluminescent micro silica beads and arrays.
THE micro silica thermoluminescent radiation detector company!
TrueInvivo’s CTO, Dr. Shakardokht Jafari, discovered the excellent properties of glass bead detectors for measuring radiation. Today, the company’s micro silica thermoluminescent detectors can be used in radiotherapy, in nuclear areas, in food processing, in blood bank irradiation and in many other applications.
Today radiologists, medical physicists and clinicians spend a great deal of time preparing and testing radiation treatment for cancer patients. Fine radiation beams are coordinated into shaped beams and directed at the tumour from various angles. Great care is taken to minimise hitting the surrounding healthy tissue. Even more care is taken to avoid hitting – and hence seriously damaging – radiation sensitive organs. But, despite all the care, between 10% and 25% of radiotherapy patients worldwide do get damaged.
The problem is how to measure what actually happens during radiotherapy. No one can see what has been hit. No one knows the effects until the patient reports problems weeks or months later. Older style detectors such as diodes were used to measure the entry and exit doses on the patient’s skin but these do not work for shaped beams.
Trueinvivo micro silica TLDs can measure the dose and spread of the radiation received at the site of a tumour.
Research in Industry and Academia
With new discoveries and advances such as micro glass radiation detectors, it is important that the widest range of ideas be researched and tested to see what advances can be made. The number of directly relevant industries is already quite large and our aim is to help researchers and research projects around the world. For now we can provide characterised and calibrated micro silica TLDs for such research. For the future we are developing specialist products for the various sectors as well as building a new type of automated TLD reader. For more information, for samples, for potential collaboration or just to keep up to date do contact us.
Nuclear, Food, Blood Banks and the Rest!
If it emits radiation (of nearly all types), our micro silica thermoluminescent detectors can detect it! OK, there are a few limits but glass is so wonderfully inert, clean, small, simple and robust – and has high performance – that you can measure radiation doses in difficult conditions such as
- In aqueous environments
- In small radiation fields
- When high resolution is needed
- In invivo situations
Our TLD bead arrays can give 1mm resolution – it’s practically a radiation ruler.
For more information, for samples, for potential collaboration or just to keep up to date do contact us.
It was Shakar who said “I want to take the results of great research into the reality of people’s daily lives. Not just in advanced countries but everywhere in the world. Let’s improve health and well-being. Let’s save lives”. That is our mission.