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Title: Impact of the differential fluence distribution of brachytherapy sources on the spectroscopic dose-rate constant

Purpose: To investigate why dose-rate constants for {sup 125}I and {sup 103}Pd seeds computed using the spectroscopic technique, Λ{sub spec}, differ from those computed with standard Monte Carlo (MC) techniques. A potential cause of these discrepancies is the spectroscopic technique’s use of approximations of the true fluence distribution leaving the source, φ{sub full}. In particular, the fluence distribution used in the spectroscopic technique, φ{sub spec}, approximates the spatial, angular, and energy distributions of φ{sub full}. This work quantified the extent to which each of these approximations affects the accuracy of Λ{sub spec}. Additionally, this study investigated how the simplified water-only model used in the spectroscopic technique impacts the accuracy of Λ{sub spec}. Methods: Dose-rate constants as described in the AAPM TG-43U1 report, Λ{sub full}, were computed with MC simulations using the full source geometry for each of 14 different {sup 125}I and 6 different {sup 103}Pd source models. In addition, the spectrum emitted along the perpendicular bisector of each source was simulated in vacuum using the full source model and used to compute Λ{sub spec}. Λ{sub spec} was compared to Λ{sub full} to verify the discrepancy reported by Rodriguez and Rogers. Using MC simulations, a phase space of the fluencemore » leaving the encapsulation of each full source model was created. The spatial and angular distributions of φ{sub full} were extracted from the phase spaces and were qualitatively compared to those used by φ{sub spec}. Additionally, each phase space was modified to reflect one of the approximated distributions (spatial, angular, or energy) used by φ{sub spec}. The dose-rate constant resulting from using approximated distribution i, Λ{sub approx,i}, was computed using the modified phase space and compared to Λ{sub full}. For each source, this process was repeated for each approximation in order to determine which approximations used in the spectroscopic technique affect the accuracy of Λ{sub spec}. Results: For all sources studied, the angular and spatial distributions of φ{sub full} were more complex than the distributions used in φ{sub spec}. Differences between Λ{sub spec} and Λ{sub full} ranged from −0.6% to +6.4%, confirming the discrepancies found by Rodriguez and Rogers. The largest contribution to the discrepancy was the assumption of isotropic emission in φ{sub spec}, which caused differences in Λ of up to +5.3% relative to Λ{sub full}. Use of the approximated spatial and energy distributions caused smaller average discrepancies in Λ of −0.4% and +0.1%, respectively. The water-only model introduced an average discrepancy in Λ of −0.4%. Conclusions: The approximations used in φ{sub spec} caused discrepancies between Λ{sub approx,i} and Λ{sub full} of up to 7.8%. With the exception of the energy distribution, the approximations used in φ{sub spec} contributed to this discrepancy for all source models studied. To improve the accuracy of Λ{sub spec}, the spatial and angular distributions of φ{sub full} could be measured, with the measurements replacing the approximated distributions. The methodology used in this work could be used to determine the resolution that such measurements would require by computing the dose-rate constants from phase spaces modified to reflect φ{sub full} binned at different spatial and angular resolutions.« less
Authors:
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  1. Department of Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53705 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22413554
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Medical Physics; Journal Volume: 42; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: (c) 2015 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; ANGULAR DISTRIBUTION; BRACHYTHERAPY; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; DOSE RATES; ENERGY SPECTRA; IODINE 125; MONTE CARLO METHOD; PALLADIUM 103; SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION