In the present paper, we estimated backscattering factors for the TLD and active personal
dosimeters using 662 keV gamma-ray photons on a PMMA surface, which are, for the TLD,
1.12; Dosicard, 1.116; DRD, 0.99; and Saphydose, 1.073, and on a water slab phantom
surface; for the TLD, 1.115; Dosicard, 1.112; DRD, 1; and Saphydose, 1.059. The
backscattering factor contribution for the Saphydose is nearly half that of the TLD and
Dosicard, whereas it is zero for the DRD. The DRD underestimates Hp(10)
by 10.3–11.6%, whereas for the Saphydose it is 3.4–5% compared with the TLD or Dosicard.
The response of the DRD to Hp(10) is nearly independent of the phantom,
whereas the TLD, Dosicard and Saphydose require phantoms for calibration for personal
monitoring. It is observed that the PMMA phantom contributes slightly higher
backscattering compared with the water slab phantom. The backscattering factor of the
selected dosimeters is comparable with ICRU tissue already reported.