A 'quad-phantom' film dosimeter for use as a multi-planar verification tool for PRESAGE/optical-CT.


Journal Article

INTRODUCTION: To develop and characterize the accuracy and reproducibility of a quad-phantom dosimeter which will serve as an independent verification tool during commissioning of a PRESAGE/optical-CT 3D dosimetry system. METHODS: A 16cm × 12cm cylindrical quad-phantom was constructed from four pieces of solid polyurethane mimicking the PRESAGE material. Films were placed and anchored in orthogonal planes and the quad-phantom was fastened tightly together and placed in a water-filled Styrofoam container for irradiation. A simple, two-field plan consisting of 6×6cm anterior-posterior and right-lateral 6MV photon beams (400cGy) was delivered three times (fresh films inserted for each) with a Varian Clinac 600C. Image registration was performed in the Computational Environment for Radiological Research (CERR) and dose profiles and gamma analysis was performed in CERR and MATLAB. RESULTS #ENTITYSTARTX00026; DISCUSSION: Excellent reproducibility was observed during the irradiations, with ~2.3% standard deviation between all pixels. Using a 3%, 3mm gamma criteria, excellent dosimetric accuracy was observed, with 98.8% and 96.3% passing rates in the sagittal and axial planes, respectively. CONCLUSION: The preliminary results indicate that the quad-phantom can serve as a reproducible and accurate system for high resolution dosimetry in orthogonal planes and should serve as an effective verification tool for PRESAGE/optical-CT in more challenging clinical scenarios.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Stunja, L; Thomas, A; Adamovics, J; Deasy, J; Oldham, M

Published Date

  • 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 250 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 12097 -

PubMed ID

  • 21218141

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21218141

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1742-6588

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1088/1742-6596/250/1/012097


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England