In the last years, the application of semiconductor detectors in radiation spectroscopy and dosimetry has increased. Silicon diodes have found utility in radiation dosimetry principally because a diode produces a current approximately 18000 times larger than of an ionization chamber of an equal sensitive volume. As the characteristics of the semiconductor detectors are the same as the common photodiode, a gamma dosimeter using this type of electronic component was developed. The photodiode SFH206 operating in photovoltaic mode was used. An electrometric unit was constructed to measure the current generated in this detector. The results obtained showed: the response of the photodiode was linear with the dose and that variation of 40 degrees in the incidence angle of the radiation caused a variation of 5% in the dose determination; the response reproducibility of the photodiode was studied, and the results showed that the variation coefficient is smaller than 0,02%; the small dimension of the silicon photodiode recommend its use as a gamma dosimeter for medical applications. (author). 19 refs, 32 figs, 1 tab.