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Title: SU-F-R-12: Prediction of TrueBeam Hardware Issues Using Trajectory Log Analysis

Abstract

Purpose: To predict potential failures of hardware within the Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator in order to proactively replace parts and decrease machine downtime. Methods: Machine downtime is a problem for all radiation oncology departments and vendors. Most often it is the result of unexpected equipment failure, and increased due to lack of in-house clinical engineering support. Preventative maintenance attempts to assuage downtime, but often is ineffective at preemptively preventing many failure modes such as MLC motor failures, the need to tighten a gantry chain, or the replacement of a jaw motor, among other things. To attempt to alleviate downtime, software was developed in house that determines the maximum value of each axis enumerated in the Truebeam trajectory log files. After patient treatments, this data is stored in a SQL database. Microsoft Power BI is used to plot the average maximum error of each day of each machine as a function of time. The results are then correlated with actual faults that occurred at the machine with the help of Varian service engineers. Results: Over the course of six months, 76,312 trajectory logs have been written into the database and plotted in Power BI. Throughout the course of analysis MLC motorsmore » have been replaced on three machines due to the early warning of the trajectory log analysis. The service engineers have also been alerted to possible gantry issues on one occasion due to the aforementioned analysis. Conclusion: Analyzing the trajectory log data is a viable and effective early warning system for potential failures of the TrueBeam linear accelerator. With further analysis and tightening of the tolerance values used to determine a possible imminent failure, it should be possible to pinpoint future issues more thoroughly and for more axes of motion.« less

Authors:
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  1. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22626739
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Medical Physics; Journal Volume: 43; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: (c) 2016 American Association of Physicists in Medicine; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; ALARM SYSTEMS; COMPUTER CODES; ENGINEERING; EQUIPMENT; ERRORS; FAILURES; LINEAR ACCELERATORS; MOTORS

Citation Formats

DiCostanzo, D, Ayan, A, Woollard, J, and Gupta, N. SU-F-R-12: Prediction of TrueBeam Hardware Issues Using Trajectory Log Analysis. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1118/1.4955784.
DiCostanzo, D, Ayan, A, Woollard, J, & Gupta, N. SU-F-R-12: Prediction of TrueBeam Hardware Issues Using Trajectory Log Analysis. United States. doi:10.1118/1.4955784.
DiCostanzo, D, Ayan, A, Woollard, J, and Gupta, N. 2016. "SU-F-R-12: Prediction of TrueBeam Hardware Issues Using Trajectory Log Analysis". United States. doi:10.1118/1.4955784.
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title = {SU-F-R-12: Prediction of TrueBeam Hardware Issues Using Trajectory Log Analysis},
author = {DiCostanzo, D and Ayan, A and Woollard, J and Gupta, N},
abstractNote = {Purpose: To predict potential failures of hardware within the Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator in order to proactively replace parts and decrease machine downtime. Methods: Machine downtime is a problem for all radiation oncology departments and vendors. Most often it is the result of unexpected equipment failure, and increased due to lack of in-house clinical engineering support. Preventative maintenance attempts to assuage downtime, but often is ineffective at preemptively preventing many failure modes such as MLC motor failures, the need to tighten a gantry chain, or the replacement of a jaw motor, among other things. To attempt to alleviate downtime, software was developed in house that determines the maximum value of each axis enumerated in the Truebeam trajectory log files. After patient treatments, this data is stored in a SQL database. Microsoft Power BI is used to plot the average maximum error of each day of each machine as a function of time. The results are then correlated with actual faults that occurred at the machine with the help of Varian service engineers. Results: Over the course of six months, 76,312 trajectory logs have been written into the database and plotted in Power BI. Throughout the course of analysis MLC motors have been replaced on three machines due to the early warning of the trajectory log analysis. The service engineers have also been alerted to possible gantry issues on one occasion due to the aforementioned analysis. Conclusion: Analyzing the trajectory log data is a viable and effective early warning system for potential failures of the TrueBeam linear accelerator. With further analysis and tightening of the tolerance values used to determine a possible imminent failure, it should be possible to pinpoint future issues more thoroughly and for more axes of motion.},
doi = {10.1118/1.4955784},
journal = {Medical Physics},
number = 6,
volume = 43,
place = {United States},
year = 2016,
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