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Title: SU-E-J-158: Experimental Investigation of Proton Radiography Based On Time-Resolved Dose Measurements

Purpose: To use proton radiography for i) in-vivo range verification of the brain fields of medulloblastoma patients in order to reduce the exit dose to the cranial skin and thus the risk of permanent alopecia; ii) for performing patient specific optimization of the calibration from CT-Hounsfield units to proton relative stopping power in order to minimize uncertainties of proton rang Methods: We developed and tested a prototype proton radiography system based on a single-plane scintillation screen coupled with a fast CCD camera (1ms sampling rate, 0.29x0.29 mm{sup 2} pixel size, 30×30 cm{sup 2} field of view). The method is based on the principle that, for passively scattered beams, the radiological depth of any point in the plateau of a spread-out Bragg-Peak (SOBP) can be inferred from the time-pattern of the dose rate measurements. We performed detector characterization measurements using complex-shape homogeneous phantoms and an Alderson phanto Results: Detector characterization tests confirmed the robustness of the technique. The results of the phantom measurements are encouraging in terms of achievable accuracy of the water equivalent thickness. A technique to minimize the degradation of spatial resolution due to multiple Coulomb scattering is discussed. Our novel radiographic technique is rapid (100 ms) and simultaneousmore » over the whole field. The dose required to produce one radiograph, with the current settings, is ∼3 cG Conclusion: The results obtained with this simple and innovative radiography method are promising and motivate further development of technique. The system requires only a single-plane 2D dosimeter and it uses the clinical beam for a fraction of second with low dose to the patient.« less
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Massachusetts General Hospital ' Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (United States)
  2. University College London (United Kingdom)
  3. IBA, Warrenville, IL (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22334050
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Medical Physics; Journal Volume: 41; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: (c) 2014 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; 60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; ACCURACY; ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES; BRAIN; CALIBRATION; CAMERAS; CHARGE-COUPLED DEVICES; COULOMB SCATTERING; DOSE RATES; DOSEMETERS; IMAGES; IN VIVO; PATIENTS; PHANTOMS; PROTON RADIOGRAPHY; RADIATION DOSES; SCINTILLATIONS; SKIN; SPATIAL RESOLUTION; TIME RESOLUTION; VERIFICATION