The DOSIMAP, a high spatial resolution tissue equivalent 2D dosimeter for LINAC QA and IMRT verification

Abstract : The continual need for more accurate and effective techniques in radiation therapy makes it necessary to devise new control means combining high spatial resolution as well as high dose accuracy. Intensity modulated radio therapy (IMRT) allows highly conformed fields with high spatial gradient and therefore requires a precise monitoring of all the multileaf positions. In response to this need, the authors have developed a new 2D tissue equivalent dosimeter with high spatial resolution. A plastic scintillator sheet is sandwiched between two polystyrene blocks and the emitted light is captured by a high resolution camera. A newly developed procedure described herein allows efficient discrimination of the scintillation from the parasitic Čerenkov radiation. This processing is applied on the cumulated image from a sequence of images taken during an irradiation field at a rate of 10 images/s. It provides a high resolution mapping of the cumulated dose in quasireal time. The dosimeter is tissue equivalent (ICRU-44) and works both for electrons and photons without complex parameter adjustment since phantom and detector materials are identical. Instrument calibration is simple and independent of the irradiation conditions (energy, fluence, quality, ...). In this article, the authors present the principle of the dosimeter and its calibration procedure. They compare the results obtained for photons and electron beams with ionization chamber measurements in polystyrene. Technical specifications such as accuracy and repeatability are precisely evaluated and discussed. Finally, they present different IMRT field measurements and compare DOSIMAP measurements to TPS simulations and dosimetric film profiles. The results confirm the excellent spatial resolution of the instrument and its capacity to inspect the leaf positions for each segment of a given field.
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Medical Physics, American Association of Physicists in Medicine, 2009, 36, pp.317-328. 〈10.1118/1.3013703〉
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V. Collomb-Patton, P. Boher, T. Leroux, J.M. Fontbonne, A. Vela, et al.. The DOSIMAP, a high spatial resolution tissue equivalent 2D dosimeter for LINAC QA and IMRT verification. Medical Physics, American Association of Physicists in Medicine, 2009, 36, pp.317-328. 〈10.1118/1.3013703〉. 〈in2p3-00354888〉

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