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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410679/dual-energy-imaging-method-to-improve-the-image-quality-and-the-accuracy-of-dose-calculation-for-cone-beam-computed-tomography
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Kuo Men, Jianrong Dai, Xinyuan Chen, Minghui Li, Ke Zhang, Peng Huang
PURPOSE: To improve the image quality and accuracy of dose calculation for cone-beam computed tomography (CT) images through implementation of a dual-energy cone-beam computed tomography method (DE-CBCT), and evaluate the improvement quantitatively. METHODS: Two sets of CBCT projections were acquired using the X-ray volumetric imaging (XVI) system on a Synergy (Elekta, Stockholm, Sweden) system with 120kV (high) and 70kV (low) X-rays, respectively. Then, the electron density relative to water (relative electron density (RED)) of each voxel was calculated using a projection-based dual-energy decomposition method...
April 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410678/novel-6mv-x-ray-photoneutron-detection-and-dosimetry-of-medical-accelerators
#2
Mehdi Sohrabi, Amir Hakimi
PURPOSE: Dosimetry of fast, epithermal and thermal photoneutrons in 6MV X-ray beams of two medical accelerators were studied by novel dosimetry methods. METHODS: A Siemens ONCOR and an Elekta COMPACT medical accelerators were used. Fast, epithermal and thermal photoneutron dose equivalents in 10cm×10cm 6MV X-rays fields were determined in air and on surface of a polyethylene phantom in X and Y directions. Polycarbonate dosimeters as bare or with enriched (10)B convertors (with or without cadmium covers) were used applying a 50Hz-HV electrochemical etching method...
April 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391596/technical-note-is-bulk-electron-density-assignment-appropriate-for-mri-only-based-treatment-planning-for-lung-cancer
#3
Phil Prior, Xinfeng Chen, Elizabeth Gore, Candice Johnstone, X Allen Li
PURPOSE: MRI-based treatment planning in radiation therapy (RT) is prohibitive, in part, due to the lack of electron density (ED) information within the image. The dosimetric differences between MRI- and CT-based planning for intensity modulated RT (IMRT) of lung cancer were investigated to assess the appropriateness of bulk ED assignment. METHODS: Planning CTs acquired for six representative lung cancer patients were used to generate bulk ED IMRT plans. To avoid the effect of anatomic differences between CT and MRI, "simulated MRI-based plans" were generated by forcing the relative ED (rED) to water on CT-delineated structures using organ specific values from the ICRU Report 46 and using the mean rED value of the internal target volume (ITV) from the planning CT...
April 9, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385495/dosimetric-characterization-of-small-fields-using-a-plastic-scintillator-detector-a-large-multicenter-study
#4
Pietro Mancosu, Massimo Pasquino, Giacomo Reggiori, Laura Masi, Serenella Russo, Michele Stasi
PURPOSE: In modern radiation therapy accurate small fields dosimetry is a challenge and its standardization is fundamental to harmonize delivered dose in different institutions. This study presents a multicenter characterization of MLC-defined small field for Elekta and Varian linear accelerators. Measurements were performed using the Exradin W1 plastic scintillator detector. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The project enrolled 24 Italian centers. Each center performed Tissue Phantom Ratio (TPR), in-plane and cross-plane dose profiles of 0...
April 3, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370918/effect-of-beam-profile-measurement-on-arc-therapy-plan-quality-assurance-a-case-study
#5
Leonard H Kim, Irina Malajovich, Meral L Reyhan, Jinyu Xue, Joo Han Park
We present an example when profile measurement and modeling of an Elekta Agility multileaf collimator (MLC) had a large effect specifically on arc therapy plan quality assurance (QA) results using ArcCheck. ArcCheck absolute dose measurements of these plans were systematically lower than planned by 3-10%. Failing QA results were seen even with unmodulated static and conformal arcs. Furthermore, the effect was found to be dependent on collimator angle, with worse results associated with near-zero collimator angles...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368501/cystic-vestibular-schwannomas-respond-best-to-radiosurgery
#6
Greg Bowden, Jonathon Cavaleri, Edward Monaco Iii, Ajay Niranjan, John Flickinger, L Dade Lunsford
BACKGROUND: Vestibular schwannomas (VS) have a well-documented response to Gamma Knife® (Elekta AB, Stockholm, Sweden) Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). However, there are limited data available regarding the volumetric response of cystic tumors. OBJECTIVE: This report correlates the radiographic appearance of VS before radiosurgery with the delayed volumetric response. METHODS: This study reviewed our SRS experience with 219 VS patients between 2003 and 2013...
March 28, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342596/the-practical-application-of-scintillation-dosimetry-in-small-field-photon-beam-radiotherapy
#7
Elisa Burke, Daniela Poppinga, Andreas A Schönfeld, Dietrich Harder, Björn Poppe, Hui Khee Looe
Plastic scintillation detectors are a new instrument of stereotactic photon-beam dosimetry. The clinical application of the plastic scintillation detector Exradin W1 at the Siemens Artiste and Elekta Synergy accelerators is a matter of current interest. In order to reduce the measurement uncertainty, precautions have to be taken with regard to the geometrical arrangement of the scintillator, the light-guide fiber and the photodiode in the radiation field. To determine the "Cerenkov light ratio" CLR with a type A uncertainty below 1%, the Cerenkov calibration procedure for small-field measurements based on the two-channel spectral method was used...
March 22, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Medizinische Physik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297462/surface-dose-variations-in-6-and-10-mv-flattened-and-flattening-filter-free-fff-photon-beams
#8
Jason Cashmore
As the use of linear accelerators operating in flattening filter-free (FFF) modes becomes more widespread, it is important to have an understanding of the surface doses delivered to patients with these beams. Flattening filter removal alters the beam quality and relative contributions of low-energy X-rays and contamination electrons in the beam. Having dosimetric data to describe the surface dose and buildup regions under a range of conditions for FFF beams is important if clinical decisions are to be made...
September 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297443/comparison-of-automatic-image-registration-uncertainty-for-three-igrt-systems-using-a-male-pelvis-phantom
#9
Jeffrey Barber, Jonathan R Sykes, Lois Holloway, David I Thwaites
A series of phantom images using the CIRS Virtual Human Male Pelvis was acquired across available dose ranges for three image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) imaging systems: Elekta XVI CBCT, Varian TrueBeam CBCT, and TomoTherapy MV CT. Each image was registered to a fan-beam CT within the XVI software 100 times with random initial offsets. The residual registration error was analyzed to assess the role of imaging hardware and reconstruction in the uncertainty of the IGRT process. Residual translation errors were similar for all systems and <0...
September 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297419/radiation-leakage-dose-from-elekta-electron-collimation-system
#10
Garrett M Pitcher, Kenneth R Hogstrom, Robert L Carver
This study provided baseline data required for a greater project, whose objective was to design a new Elekta electron collimation system having significantly lighter electron applicators with equally low out-of field leakage dose. Specifically, off-axis dose profiles for the electron collimation system of our uniquely configured Elekta Infinity accelerator with the MLCi2 treatment head were measured and calculated for two primary purposes: 1) to evaluate and document the out-of-field leakage dose in the patient plane and 2) to validate the dose distributions calculated using a BEAMnrc Monte Carlo (MC) model for out-of-field dose profiles...
September 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297340/dosimetric-properties-of-equivalent-quality-flattening-filter-free-fff-and-flattened-photon-beams-of-versa-hd-linear-accelerator
#11
Mukesh N Meshram, Srimanta Pramanik, C P Ranjith, Saravana K Gopal, Rishabh Dobhal
This study presents the basic dosimetric properties of photon beams of a Versa HD linear accelerator (linac), which is capable of delivering flattening filter-free (FFF) beams with a beam quality equivalent to the corresponding flattened beams based on comprehensive beam data measurement. The analyzed data included the PDDs, profiles, penumbra, out-of-field doses, surface doses, output factors, head and phantom scatter factors, and MLC transmissions for both FFF and flattened beams of 6 MV and 10 MV energy from an Elekta Versa HD linac...
May 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297337/one-year-analysis-of-elekta-cbct-image-quality-using-nps-and-mtf
#12
Satomi Nakahara, Masayuki Tachibana, Yoichi Watanabe
The image quality (IQ) of imaging systems must be sufficiently high for image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). Hence, users should implement a quality assurance program to maintain IQ. In our routine IQ tests of the kV cone-beam CT system (Elekta XVI), image noise was quantified by noise standard deviation (NSD), which was the standard deviation of CT numbers measured in a small area in an image of an IQ test phantom (Catphan), and the high spatial resolution (HSR) was evaluated by the number of line-pairs (LPN) visually recognizable in the image...
May 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297327/small-field-detector-correction-factors-effects-of-the-flattening-filter-for-elekta-and-varian-linear-accelerators
#13
Madelaine K Tyler, Paul Z Y Liu, Christopher Lee, David R McKenzie, Natalka Suchowerska
Flattening filter-free (FFF) beams are becoming the preferred beam type for stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic ablative radiation therapy (SABR), as they enable an increase in dose rate and a decrease in treatment time. This work assesses the effects of the flattening filter on small field output factors for 6 MV beams generated by both Elekta and Varian linear accelerators, and determines differences between detector response in flattened (FF) and FFF beams. Relative output factors were measured with a range of detectors (diodes, ionization chambers, radiochromic film, and microDiamond) and referenced to the relative output factors measured with an air core fiber optic dosimeter (FOD), a scintillation dosimeter developed at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, Sydney...
May 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297319/modeling-the-agility-mlc-in-the-monaco-treatment-planning-system
#14
Michael Snyder, Robert Halford, Cory Knill, Jeffrey N Adams, Todd Bossenberger, Adrian Nalichowski, Ahmad Hammoud, Jay Burmeister
We investigate the relationship between the various parameters in the Monaco MLC model and dose calculation accuracy for an Elekta Agility MLC. The vendor-provided MLC modeling procedure - completed first with external vendor participation and then exclusively in-house - was used in combination with our own procedures to investigate several sets of MLC modeling parameters to determine their effect on dose distributions and point-dose measurements. Simple plans provided in the vendor procedure were used to elucidate specific mechanical characteristics of the MLC, while ten complex treatment plans - five IMRT and five VMAT - created using TG-119-based structure sets were used to test clinical dosimetric effects of particular parameter choices...
May 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297304/evaluation-of-kidney-motion-and-target-localization-in-abdominal-sbrt-patients
#15
Marcus Sonier, William Chu, Nafisha Lalani, Darby Erler, Patrick Cheung, Renee Korol
The purpose of this study was to evaluate bilateral kidney and target translational/rotational intrafraction motion during stereotactic body radiation therapy treatment delivery of primary renal cell carcinoma and oligometastatic adrenal lesions for patients immobilized in the Elekta BodyFIX system. Bilateral kidney motion was assessed at midplane for 30 patients immobilized in a full-body dual-vacuum-cushion system with two patients immobilized via abdominal compression. Intrafraction motion was assessed for 15 patients using kilovoltage cone-beam computed tomography (kV-CBCT) datasets (n=151) correlated to the planning CT...
November 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297303/experimental-evaluation-of-a-gpu-based-monte-carlo-dose-calculation-algorithm-in-the-monaco-treatment-planning-system
#16
Moti R Paudel, Anthony Kim, Arman Sarfehnia, Sayed B Ahmad, David J Beachey, Arjun Sahgal, Brian M Keller
A new GPU-based Monte Carlo dose calculation algorithm (GPUMCD), developed by the vendor Elekta for the Monaco treatment planning system (TPS), is capable of modeling dose for both a standard linear accelerator and an Elekta MRI linear accelerator. We have experimentally evaluated this algorithm for a standard Elekta Agility linear accelerator. A beam model was developed in the Monaco TPS (research version 5.09.06) using the commissioned beam data for a 6 MV Agility linac. A heterogeneous phantom representing several scenarios - tumor-in-lung, lung, and bone-in-tissue - was designed and built...
November 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297279/difference-in-performance-between-3d-and-4d-cbct-for-lung-imaging-a-dose-and-image-quality-analysis
#17
Sheeba Thengumpallil, Kathleen Smith, Pascal Monnin, Jean Bourhis, François Bochud, Raphaël Moeckli
The study was to describe and to compare the performance of 3D and 4D CBCT imaging modalities by measuring and analyzing the delivered dose and the image quality. The 3D (Chest) and 4D (Symmetry) CBCT Elekta XVI lung IGRT protocols were analyzed. Dose profiles were measured with TLDs inside a dedicated phantom. The dosimetric indicator cone-beam dose index (CBDI) was evaluated. The image quality analysis was performed by assessing the contrast transfer function (CTF), the noise power spectrum (NPS) and the noise-equivalent quanta (NEQ)...
November 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297276/rounded-leaf-end-modeling-in-pinnacle-vmat-treatment-planning-for-fixed-jaw-linacs
#18
Lori A Young, Fei Yang, Ning Cao, Juergen Meyer
During volume-modulated arc therapies (VMAT), dosimetric errors are introduced by multiple open dynamic leaf gaps that are present in fixed diaphragm linear accelerators. The purpose of this work was to develop a methodology for adjusting the rounded leaf end modeling parameters to improve out-of-field dose agreement in SmartArc VMAT treatment plans delivered by fixed jaw linacs where leaf gap dose is not negligible. Leaf gap doses were measured for an Elekta beam modulator linac with 0.4 cm micro-multileaf collimators (MLC) using an A16 micro-ionization chamber, a MatriXX ion chamber detector array, and Kodak EDR2 film dosimetry in a solid water phantom...
November 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296328/out-of-field-doses-and-neutron-dose-equivalents-for-electron-beams-from-modern-varian-and-elekta-linear-accelerators
#19
Carlos E Cardenas, Paige L Nitsch, Rajat J Kudchadker, Rebecca M Howell, Stephen F Kry
Out-of-field doses from radiotherapy can cause harmful side effects or eventually lead to secondary cancers. Scattered doses outside the applicator field, neutron source strength values, and neutron dose equivalents have not been broadly investigated for high-energy electron beams. To better understand the extent of these exposures, we measured out-of-field dose characteristics of electron applicators for high-energy electron beams on two Varian 21iXs, a Varian TrueBeam, and an Elekta Versa HD operating at various energy levels...
July 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291912/improving-the-efficiency-of-breast-radiotherapy-treatment-planning-using-a-semi-automated-approach
#20
Robert A Mitchell, Philip Wai, Ruth Colgan, Anna M Kirby, Ellen M Donovan
OBJECTIVES: To reduce treatment planning times while maintaining plan quality through the introduction of semi-automated planning techniques for breast radiotherapy. METHODS: Automatic critical structure delineation was examined using the Smart Probabilistic Image Contouring Engine (SPICE) commercial autosegmentation software (Philips Radiation Oncology Systems, Fitchburg, WI) for a cohort of ten patients. Semiautomated planning was investigated by employing scripting in the treatment planning system to automate segment creation for breast step-and-shoot planning and create objectives for segment weight optimization; considerations were made for three different multileaf collimator (MLC) configurations...
January 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
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