Vol 29, No 3 (2024)
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Effect of glass compression plate on EBT-XD film dosimetry for pretreatment quality assurance of stereotactic body radiotherapy

Sathiya Raj1, Nithya Shree1, K M Ganesh1
DOI: 10.5603/rpor.101095
Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2024;29(3):357-361.


Background: EBT-XD film is specially designed for high dose verifications such as stereotactic treatments. The dose response of the film can be affected by several factors, the curly nature of the film being one of them. In this study this curly nature of the film was investigated for stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) plan verifications.

Materials and methods: For this study, 18 SBRT (11 prostate, 3 spines, and 4 lungs) cases were enrolled. For all the cases, volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) plans were created in the Monaco treatment planning system and plan was delivered in Elekta Versa HD linear accelerator and delivered fluence was captured by EBT-XD films. All films were scanned with and without a compression plate. All the films were analyzed using the single-channel film method using the red channel.

Results: A significant difference in the gamma passing rates (GPR) for the films scanned with and without the compression plate was observed. The maximum percentage differences in GPR between using and not using a compression plate were 12.7% for 1% 1 mm, 8.1% for 2% 2 mm, 7.5% for 3% 2 mm, and 5% for 3% 3mm criteria. Similarly, the mean %difference in GPR was 5.8% for 1% 1 mm, 2.4% for 2% 2 mm, 1.6% for 3% 2 mm and 0.96% for 3% 3 mm criteria.

Conclusion: The results suggest that placing a compression plate over the film during scanning provided a great advantage in achieving a more accurate gamma passing rate irrespective of gamma criteria.

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