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A calibration method for patient specific IMRT QA using a single therapy verification film

Arvind Kumar Shukla, Arun S. Oinam, Sanjeev Kumar, I.S. Sandhu, S.C. Sharma
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2013.04.033
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2013;18(4):235-240.

open access

Vol 18, No 4 (2013)
Original research articles
Published online: 2013-07-01
Submitted: 2012-11-04

Abstract

Aim

The aim of the present study is to develop and verify the single film calibration procedure used in intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) quality assurance.

Background

Radiographic films have been regularly used in routine commissioning of treatment modalities and verification of treatment planning system (TPS). The radiation dosimetery based on radiographic films has ability to give absolute two-dimension dose distribution and prefer for the IMRT quality assurance. However, the single therapy verification film gives a quick and significant reliable method for IMRT verification.

Materials and methods

A single extended dose rate (EDR 2) film was used to generate the sensitometric curve of film optical density and radiation dose. EDR 2 film was exposed with nine 6[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]cm[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]×[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]6[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]cm fields of 6[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]MV photon beam obtained from a medical linear accelerator at 5-cm depth in solid water phantom. The nine regions of single film were exposed with radiation doses raging from 10 to 362[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]cGy. The actual dose measurements inside the field regions were performed using 0.6[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]cm3 ionization chamber. The exposed film was processed after irradiation using a VIDAR film scanner and the value of optical density was noted for each region. Ten IMRT plans of head and neck carcinoma were used for verification using a dynamic IMRT technique, and evaluated using the gamma index method with TPS calculated dose distribution.

Results

Sensitometric curve has been generated using a single film exposed at nine field region to check quantitative dose verifications of IMRT treatments. The radiation scattered factor was observed to decrease exponentially with the increase in the distance from the centre of each field region. The IMRT plans based on calibration curve were verified using the gamma index method and found to be within acceptable criteria.

Conclusion

The single film method proved to be superior to the traditional calibration method and produce fast daily film calibration for highly accurate IMRT verification.

Abstract

Aim

The aim of the present study is to develop and verify the single film calibration procedure used in intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) quality assurance.

Background

Radiographic films have been regularly used in routine commissioning of treatment modalities and verification of treatment planning system (TPS). The radiation dosimetery based on radiographic films has ability to give absolute two-dimension dose distribution and prefer for the IMRT quality assurance. However, the single therapy verification film gives a quick and significant reliable method for IMRT verification.

Materials and methods

A single extended dose rate (EDR 2) film was used to generate the sensitometric curve of film optical density and radiation dose. EDR 2 film was exposed with nine 6[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]cm[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]×[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]6[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]cm fields of 6[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]MV photon beam obtained from a medical linear accelerator at 5-cm depth in solid water phantom. The nine regions of single film were exposed with radiation doses raging from 10 to 362[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]cGy. The actual dose measurements inside the field regions were performed using 0.6[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]cm3 ionization chamber. The exposed film was processed after irradiation using a VIDAR film scanner and the value of optical density was noted for each region. Ten IMRT plans of head and neck carcinoma were used for verification using a dynamic IMRT technique, and evaluated using the gamma index method with TPS calculated dose distribution.

Results

Sensitometric curve has been generated using a single film exposed at nine field region to check quantitative dose verifications of IMRT treatments. The radiation scattered factor was observed to decrease exponentially with the increase in the distance from the centre of each field region. The IMRT plans based on calibration curve were verified using the gamma index method and found to be within acceptable criteria.

Conclusion

The single film method proved to be superior to the traditional calibration method and produce fast daily film calibration for highly accurate IMRT verification.

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Keywords

IMRT; EDR 2 film; Patient specific quality assurance; Sensitometric curve

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Title

A calibration method for patient specific IMRT QA using a single therapy verification film

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 18, No 4 (2013)

Pages

235-240

Published online

2013-07-01

DOI

10.1016/j.rpor.2013.04.033

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2013;18(4):235-240.

Keywords

IMRT
EDR 2 film
Patient specific quality assurance
Sensitometric curve

Authors

Arvind Kumar Shukla
Arun S. Oinam
Sanjeev Kumar
I.S. Sandhu
S.C. Sharma

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