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Physica Medica 26, 4 (2010) 202-8
Influence of Geant4 parameters on dose distribution and computation time for carbon ion therapy simulation.
N. Zahra1, 2, 3, T. Frisson1, 2, 3, L. Grevillot2, 3, P. Lautesse1, D. Sarrut2, 3
CCIN2P3 Collaboration(s)

The aim of this work was to study the influence of Geant4 parameters on dose distribution and computational time for simulations of carbon ion therapy. The study was done using Geant4 version 9.0. The dose distribution in water for incident monoenergetic carbon ion beams of 300 MeV/u were compared for different values of secondary particle production threshold and different step limits. Variations of depth dose of about 2 mm were observed in some cases, which induced a 30% variation of dose deposit in the Bragg peak region. Other tests were done using Geant4 version 9.2 to verify the results from this study. The two versions provided converging results and led to the same conclusions.
1 :  IPNL - Institut de Physique Nucléaire de Lyon
2 :  CREATIS - Centre de recherche en applications et traitement de l'image pour la santé
3 :  Centre Léon Bérard
matiere nucleaire
Sciences du Vivant/Ingénierie biomédicale