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The Technology

A unique high performance thermoluminescent detector array consisting of any number (typically 100+) of small (1mm) microsilica bead TLDs packed together on a wire or thread depending on the intended use. For medical applications the bead TLDs can be inserted in a normal catheter for high resolution in-body invivo dose profile measurements or used in a 2D mesh arrangement on the skin surface.

The bead TLDs are stable, chemically inert and ideal for safe environmental disposal. They have a linear response from mGy to kGy levels, far exceeding other TLDs. After irradiation, the radiation levels and spread will be measured by our fully automated high-performance thermo-luminescent reader. The results for 100 beads will be ready, typically, in 15 minutes and are a unique “radiation ruler” or profile of the received radiation. There is no more manual loading of individual TLDs and the software will analyse and distribute the results. For medical applications the software can compare the results to the original clinician treatment plan enabling rapid corrections if necessary.

Micro silica thermoluminescent radiation detectors (bead TLDs) are new in dosimetry but already have over 30 published papers. TRUEinvivo encourages the widest range of bead TLD ideas to be researched and tested to see what advances can be made using this exciting new technology. Our aim is to help researchers and research projects around the world. We provide CE-marked characterised micro silica bead TLDs in a dedicated Researcher Kit for such investigations and projects.

There are many applications for our micro silica bead technology

Our micro silica thermoluminescent detectors (bead TLDs) can detect all types of ionising radiation. Glass beads are inert, small, simple and robust, have high performance, measure radiation doses in high resolution in difficult conditions such as in aqueous environments, in small or large radiation fields, or in-body situations.


TRUEinvivo encourages the widest range of bead TLD ideas to be researched and tested. Our Researcher Kit product provides 100 CE-marked fully characterised beads, extra accessories to make bead strings, and full instructions. All that is required to start a micro silica bead project.

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TRUEinvivo bead TLD technology can be used to measure radiation levels in a nuclear research or industrial setting. Nuclear decommissioning is hazardous for personnel and long strings of bead TLDs can be used to detect radiation over large areas rather than point detectors.  They can be used in a similar way in submarine applications.

Food & Industry

TRUEinvivo bead TLDs can be used to check irradiation of foodstuffs. This happens more in Europe and the USA but is vital to prove the applied doses are accurate and within food regulations.

Bead TLDs can also be used in industrial radiation applications like hardening of automobile wiring. They are robust, low cost and self-contained (i.e. the analyser is separate from the detector).


TRUEinvivo bead TLD technology can be used in radiotherapy to measure the accuracy of applied radiation treatment allowing clinicians to make quick corrections if required. The same technology can be used in animal health applications.

It also has uses in other medical fields like blood banks and personnel protection in radiation areas in hospitals.

Micro Silica Bead TLD Array

TRUEinvivo Microsilica Bead Thermoluminescent Dosimetry Material consists of Silicon Oxide. It is suitable for medical physics, research, and industrial dosimetry applications that use X, γ, β, proton and neutron radiations.

Bead Specifications
Product size 1mm/2mm characterised TLDs, ±3% (k=2)
Batch Homogeneity ±8% (k=2)
Description Spherical bead with a hole in the middle, capable of arrangement in 2 or 3 dimensions
Material Silicon dioxide (SiO2:Na. Ca. Al. K)
Measurement ranges 1mGy to >100kGy

Product Features

  • High spatial resolution (1-2 mm)
  • Accurate and precise (± 1.7%)
  • Linear response over wide dynamic range
  • No dose rate dependency
  • No directional dependency
  • Non-hygroscopic / inert nature
  • Suitable for use in aqueous environment e.g. invivo situations/in the water tanks
  • Readout and handling convenience
  • Small spherical shape with hole in the middle enables the TLDs to be threaded on a piece of wire and keep the sequence of TLDs during readout and annealing. A holder tray is not required! A vacuum tweezer is not required as the TLD can be easily handled using plastic/metallic tweezers.
  • Reusable
  • Robust
  • Can be used in extreme conditions of humidity and temperature
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