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Title: SU-F-T-219: Verification of the Accuracy of a Relative Stopping Power (RSP) to Hounsfield Unit (HU) Calibration Curve Produced for Proton Treatment Planning Using EBT3-Gafchromic Film Dosimetry

Abstract

Purpose: Accuracy of a RSP-HU calibration curve produced for proton treatment planning is tested by comparing the treatment planning system dose grid to physical doses delivered on film by a Mevion S250 double-scattering proton unit. Methods: A single batch of EBT3 Gafchromic film was used for calibration and measurements. The film calibration curve was obtained using Mevion proton beam reference option 20 (15cm range, 10cm modulation). Paired films were positioned at the center of the spread out Bragg peak (SOBP) in solid water. The calibration doses were verified with an ion chamber, including background and doses from 20cGy to 350cGy. Films were scanned in a flatbed Epson-Expression 10000-XL scanner, and analyzed using the red channel. A Rando phantom was scanned with a GE LightSpeed CT Simulator. A single-field proton plan (Eclipse, Varian) was calculated to deliver 171cGy to the pelvis section (heterogeneous region), using a standard 4×4cm aperture without compensator, 7.89cm beam range, and 5.36cm SOBP. Varied depths of the calculated distal 90% isodose-line were recorded and compared. The dose distribution from film irradiated between Rando slices was compared with the calculated plans using RIT v.6.2. Results: Distal 90% isodose-line depth variation between CT scans was 2mm on average, andmore » 4mm at maximum. Fine calculation of this variation was restricted by the dose calculation grid, as well as the slice thickness. Dose differences between calibrated film measurements and calculated doses were on average 5.93cGy (3.5%), with the large majority of differences forming a normal distribution around 3.5cGy (2%). Calculated doses were almost entirely greater than those measured. Conclusion: RSP to HU calibration curve is shown to produce distal depth variation within the margin of tolerance (±4.3mm) across all potential scan energies and protocols. Dose distribution calculation is accurate to 2–4% within the SOBP, including areas of high tissue heterogeneity.« less

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  1. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22648836
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:
07 ISOTOPES AND RADIATION SOURCES; 60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; ACCURACY; BRAGG CURVE; CALIBRATION; CAT SCANNING; FILM DOSIMETRY; IONIZATION CHAMBERS; PLANNING; PROTON BEAMS; RADIATION DOSE DISTRIBUTIONS; STOPPING POWER; VARIATIONS

Citation Formats

Schnell, E, Ferreira, C, Ahmad, S, and De La Fuente Herman, T. SU-F-T-219: Verification of the Accuracy of a Relative Stopping Power (RSP) to Hounsfield Unit (HU) Calibration Curve Produced for Proton Treatment Planning Using EBT3-Gafchromic Film Dosimetry. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1118/1.4956358.
Schnell, E, Ferreira, C, Ahmad, S, & De La Fuente Herman, T. SU-F-T-219: Verification of the Accuracy of a Relative Stopping Power (RSP) to Hounsfield Unit (HU) Calibration Curve Produced for Proton Treatment Planning Using EBT3-Gafchromic Film Dosimetry. United States. doi:10.1118/1.4956358.
Schnell, E, Ferreira, C, Ahmad, S, and De La Fuente Herman, T. Wed . "SU-F-T-219: Verification of the Accuracy of a Relative Stopping Power (RSP) to Hounsfield Unit (HU) Calibration Curve Produced for Proton Treatment Planning Using EBT3-Gafchromic Film Dosimetry". United States. doi:10.1118/1.4956358.
@article{osti_22648836,
title = {SU-F-T-219: Verification of the Accuracy of a Relative Stopping Power (RSP) to Hounsfield Unit (HU) Calibration Curve Produced for Proton Treatment Planning Using EBT3-Gafchromic Film Dosimetry},
author = {Schnell, E and Ferreira, C and Ahmad, S and De La Fuente Herman, T},
abstractNote = {Purpose: Accuracy of a RSP-HU calibration curve produced for proton treatment planning is tested by comparing the treatment planning system dose grid to physical doses delivered on film by a Mevion S250 double-scattering proton unit. Methods: A single batch of EBT3 Gafchromic film was used for calibration and measurements. The film calibration curve was obtained using Mevion proton beam reference option 20 (15cm range, 10cm modulation). Paired films were positioned at the center of the spread out Bragg peak (SOBP) in solid water. The calibration doses were verified with an ion chamber, including background and doses from 20cGy to 350cGy. Films were scanned in a flatbed Epson-Expression 10000-XL scanner, and analyzed using the red channel. A Rando phantom was scanned with a GE LightSpeed CT Simulator. A single-field proton plan (Eclipse, Varian) was calculated to deliver 171cGy to the pelvis section (heterogeneous region), using a standard 4×4cm aperture without compensator, 7.89cm beam range, and 5.36cm SOBP. Varied depths of the calculated distal 90% isodose-line were recorded and compared. The dose distribution from film irradiated between Rando slices was compared with the calculated plans using RIT v.6.2. Results: Distal 90% isodose-line depth variation between CT scans was 2mm on average, and 4mm at maximum. Fine calculation of this variation was restricted by the dose calculation grid, as well as the slice thickness. Dose differences between calibrated film measurements and calculated doses were on average 5.93cGy (3.5%), with the large majority of differences forming a normal distribution around 3.5cGy (2%). Calculated doses were almost entirely greater than those measured. Conclusion: RSP to HU calibration curve is shown to produce distal depth variation within the margin of tolerance (±4.3mm) across all potential scan energies and protocols. Dose distribution calculation is accurate to 2–4% within the SOBP, including areas of high tissue heterogeneity.},
doi = {10.1118/1.4956358},
journal = {Medical Physics},
number = 6,
volume = 43,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Jun 15 00:00:00 EDT 2016},
month = {Wed Jun 15 00:00:00 EDT 2016}
}