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Thermolucent Detectors are small fluorescent materials, chips or powder that are used to measure radiation. Lithium Fluoride is the most common TLD material used and can be used in chips as small as 1/8 inch in size. They are rugged and can be read out with a reading device which heats the material there by releasing the electrons trapped in an excited state, resulting in light being emitted by the TLD material. The intensity of the light emitted is related to radiation intensity.

A program by the Radiological Physics Center and MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texax provides TLDs to a facility to verify the accuracy of the calibration of a clinical radiation beam. Irradiated TLDs are returned to Houston periodically, and an evaluation report insures that the calibration of an institution's beams are within an acceptable range.

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