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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094862/software-platform-for-simulation-of-a-prototype-proton-ct-scanner
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Valentina Giacometti, Vladimir A Bashkirov, Pierluigi Piersimoni, Susanna Guatelli, Tia E Plautz, Hartmut F-W Sadrozinski, Robert P Johnson, Andriy Zatserklyaniy, Thomas Tessonnier, Katia Parodi, Anatoly B Rosenfeld, Reinhard W Schulte
PURPOSE: Proton computed tomography (pCT) is a promising imaging technique to substitute or at least complement x-ray CT for more accurate proton therapy treatment planning as it allows calculating directly proton relative stopping power from proton energy loss measurements. A proton CT scanner with a silicon-based particle tracking system and a 5 stage scintillating energy detector has been completed. In parallel a modular software platform was developed to characterize the performance of the proposed pCT...
January 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092630/comparative-monte-carlo-study-on-the-performance-of-integration-and-list-mode-detector-configurations-for-carbon-ion-computed-tomography
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Sebastian Meyer, Chiara Gianoli, Lorena Magallanes, Benedikt Kopp, Thomas Tessonnier, Guillaume Landry, George Dedes, Bernd Voss, Katia Parodi
Ion beam therapy offers the possibility of a highly conformal tumor-dose distribution; however, this technique is extremely sensitive to inaccuracies in the treatment procedures. Ambiguities in the conversion of Hounsfield units of the treatment planning x-ray CT to relative stopping power (RSP) can cause uncertainties in the estimated ion range of up to several millimeters. Ion CT (iCT) represents a favorable solution allowing to directly assess the RSP. In this simulation study we investigate the performance of the integration-mode configuration for carbon iCT, in comparison with a single-particle approach under the same set-up...
February 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090633/magnetic-field-effects-on-particle-beams-and-their-implications-for-dose-calculation-in-mr-guided-particle-therapy
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Hermann Fuchs, Philipp Moser, Martin Gröschl, Dietmar Georg
PURPOSE: To investigate and model effects of magnetic fields on proton and carbonion beams for dose calculation. METHODS: In a first step Monte Carlo simulations using Gate 7.1/Geant4.10.0.p03 were performed for proton and carbon ion beams in magnetic fields ranging from 0 to 3 T. Initial particle energies ranged from 60-250 MeV (protons) and 120-400 MeV/u (carbon ions), respectively. The resulting dose distributions were analyzed focusing on beam deflection, dose deformation as well as the impact of material het- erogeneities...
January 16, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089602/particle-swarm-optimizer-for-weighting-factor-selection-in-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-optimization-algorithms
#4
Jie Yang, Pengcheng Zhang, Liyuan Zhang, Huazhong Shu, Baosheng Li, Zhiguo Gui
In inverse treatment planning of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), the objective function is typically the sum of the weighted sub-scores, where the weights indicate the importance of the sub-scores. To obtain a high-quality treatment plan, the planner manually adjusts the objective weights using a trial-and-error procedure until an acceptable plan is reached. In this work, a new particle swarm optimization (PSO) method which can adjust the weighting factors automatically was investigated to overcome the requirement of manual adjustment, thereby reducing the workload of the human planner and contributing to the development of a fully automated planning process...
January 12, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049613/a-13-c-d-n-based-epithermal-neutron-source-for-boron-neutron-capture-therapy
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M E Capoulat, A J Kreiner
PURPOSE: Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) requires neutron sources suitable for in-hospital siting. Low-energy particle accelerators working in conjunction with a neutron producing reaction are the most appropriate choice for this purpose. One of the possible nuclear reactions is (13)C(d,n)(14)N. The aim of this work is to evaluate the therapeutic capabilities of the neutron beam produced by this reaction, through a 30mA beam of deuterons of 1.45MeV. METHODS: A Beam Shaping Assembly design was computationally optimized...
December 31, 2016: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048812/su-f-j-197-a-novel-intra-beam-range-detection-and-adaptation-strategy-for-particle-therapy
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M Chen, S Jiang, Y Shao, W Lu
PURPOSE: In-vivo range detection/verification is crucial in particle therapy for effective and safe delivery. The state-of-art techniques are not sufficient for in-vivo on-line range verification due to conflicts among patient dose, signal statistics and imaging time. We propose a novel intra-beam range detection and adaptation strategy for particle therapy. METHODS: This strategy uses the planned mid-range spots as probing beams without adding extra radiation to patients...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048748/su-f-t-159-monte-carlo-simulation-studies-of-three-dimensional-dose-distribution-for-polymer-gel-dosimeter-and-radiochromic-gel-dosimeter-in-a-proton-beam
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M Park, G Kim, H Jung, S Park, S Park, Y Ji, J Yun
PURPOSE: The purpose of this simulation study is to evaluate the proton detectability of gel dosimeters, and estimate the three-dimensional dose distribution of protons in the radiochromic gel and polymer gel dosimeter compared with the dose distribution in water. METHODS: The commercial composition ratios of normoxic polymer gel and LCV micelle radiochromic gel were included in this simulation study. The densities of polymer and radiochromic gel were 1.024 and 1...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048635/su-f-t-184-3d-range-modulator-for-scanned-particle-therapy-development-monte-carlo-simulations-and-measurements
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Y Simeonov, P Penchev, T Printz Ringbaek, S Brons, U Weber, K Zink
PURPOSE: Active raster scanning in particle therapy results in highly conformal dose distributions. Treatment time, however, is relatively high due to the large number of different iso-energy layers used. By using only one energy and the so called 3D range-modulator irradiation times of a few seconds only can be achieved, thus making delivery of homogeneous dose to moving targets (e.g. lung cancer) more reliable. METHODS: A 3D range-modulator consisting of many pins with base area of 2...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048581/su-c-204-06-monte-carlo-dose-calculation-for-kilovoltage-x-ray-psoralen-activated-cancer-therapy-x-pact-preliminary-results
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S Mein, R Gunasingha, M Nolan, M Oldham, J Adamson
PURPOSE: X-PACT is an experimental cancer therapy where kV x-rays are used to photo-activate anti-cancer therapeutics through phosphor intermediaries (phosphors that absorb x-rays and re-radiate as UV light). Clinical trials in pet dogs are currently underway (NC State College of Veterinary Medicine) and an essential component is the ability to model the kV dose in these dogs. Here we report the commissioning and characterization of a Monte Carlo (MC) treatment planning simulation tool to calculate X-PACT radiation doses in canine trials...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048551/we-fg-brb-02-spatial-mapping-of-the-rbe-of-scanned-particle-beams
#10
D Grosshans
: The physical pattern of energy deposition and the enhanced relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of protons and carbon ions compared to photons offer unique and not fully understood or exploited opportunities to improve the efficacy of radiation therapy. Variations in RBE within a pristine or spread out Bragg peak and between particle types may be exploited to enhance cell killing in target regions without a corresponding increase in damage to normal tissue structures. In addition, the decreased sensitivity of hypoxic tumors to photon-based therapies may be partially overcome through the use of more densely ionizing radiations...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048464/su-c-brc-06-opencl-based-cross-platform-monte-carlo-simulation-package-for-carbon-ion-therapy
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N Qin, M Pinto, Z Tian, G Dedes, A Pompos, S Jiang, K Parodi, X Jia
PURPOSE: Monte Carlo (MC) simulation is considered to be the most accurate method for calculation of absorbed dose and fundamental physical quantities related to biological effects in carbon ion therapy. Its long computation time impedes clinical and research applications. We have developed an MC package, goCMC, on parallel processing platforms, aiming at achieving accurate and efficient simulations for carbon therapy. METHODS: goCMC was developed under OpenCL framework...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048419/th-cd-209-02-beam-angle-optimization-incorporating-anatomical-heterogeneities-for-pencil-beam-scanning-charged-particle-therapy
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C Toramatsu, T Inaniwa
PURPOSE: In charged particle therapy with pencil beam scanning (PBS), localization of the dose in the Bragg peak makes dose distributions sensitive to lateral tissue heterogeneities. Sensitivity of a PBS plan to lateral tissue heterogeneity can be reduced by selecting suitable beam angles. The purpose of this study is to establish a fast and accurate method of beam angle selection for PBS. METHODS: The lateral tissue heterogeneity surrounding the path of respective pencil beams at a given angle was quantified with the heterogeneity number using effective density data of patients...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048340/su-f-j-190-time-resolved-range-measurement-system-using-scintillator-and-ccd-camera-for-the-slow-beam-extraction
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N Saotome, T Furukawa, K Mizushima, E Takeshita, Y Hara, Y Saraya, R Tansho, T Shirai, K Noda
PURPOSE: To investigate the time structure of the range, we have verified the rang shift due to the betatron tune shift with several synchrotron parameters. METHODS: A cylindrical plastic scintillator block and a CCD camera were installed on the black box. Using image processing, the range was determined the 80 percent of distal dose of the depth light distribution. The root mean square error of the range measurement using the scintillator and CCD system is about 0...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048285/su-g-tep1-12-random-repainting-as-mitigation-for-scanned-ion-beam-interplay-effects
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M Bach, J Wulff
PURPOSE: Interference of dose application in scanned beam particle therapy and organ motion may lead to interplay effects with distorted dose to target volumes. Interplay effects depend on the speed and direction of the scanning beam, leading to fringed field edges (scanning parallel to organ motion direction) or over- and under-dosed regions (both directions are orthogonal). Current repainting methods can mitigate interplay effects, but are susceptible to artefacts when only a limited number of repaints are applied...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048194/we-fg-brb-01-clinical-significance-of-rbe-variations-in-proton-therapy
#15
H Paganetti
: The physical pattern of energy deposition and the enhanced relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of protons and carbon ions compared to photons offer unique and not fully understood or exploited opportunities to improve the efficacy of radiation therapy. Variations in RBE within a pristine or spread out Bragg peak and between particle types may be exploited to enhance cell killing in target regions without a corresponding increase in damage to normal tissue structures. In addition, the decreased sensitivity of hypoxic tumors to photon-based therapies may be partially overcome through the use of more densely ionizing radiations...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048155/th-ef-brb-04-4%C3%AF-dynamic-conformal-arc-therapy-dynamic-conformal-arc-therapy-dcat-for-sbrt
#16
T Chiu, T Long, A Modiri, Z Tian, A Sawant, Y Yan, S Jiang, X Gu
PURPOSE: To develop an efficient and effective trajectory optimization methodology for 4π dynamic conformal arc treatment (4π DCAT) with synchronized gantry and couch motion; and to investigate potential clinical benefits for stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) to breast, lung, liver and spine tumors. METHODS: The entire optimization framework for 4π DCAT inverse planning consists of two parts: 1) integer programming algorithm and 2) particle swarm optimization (PSO) algorithm...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048070/su-f-t-149-development-of-the-monte-carlo-simulation-platform-using-geant4-for-designing-heavy-ion-therapy-beam-nozzle
#17
Jae-Ik Shin, SeungHoon Yoo, Sungho Cho, Eun Ho Kim, Yongkeun Song, Won-Gyun Jung
PURPOSE: The significant issue of particle therapy such as proton and carbon ion was a accurate dose delivery from beam line to patient. For designing the complex delivery system, Monte Carlo simulation can be used for the simulation of various physical interaction in scatters and filters. In this report, we present the development of Monte Carlo simulation platform to help design the prototype of particle therapy nozzle and performed the Monte Carlo simulation using Geant4. Also we show the prototype design of particle therapy beam nozzle for Korea Heavy Ion Medical Accelerator (KHIMA) project in Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Science(KIRAMS) at Republic of Korea...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048023/tu-fg-brb-09-thermoacoustic-range-verification-with-perfect-co-registered-overlay-of-bragg-peak-onto-ultrasound-image
#18
S Patch, M Kireeff Covo, A Jackson, Y Qadadha, K Campbell, R Albright, P Bloemhard, A Donoghue, C Siero, T Gimpel, S Small, B Ninemire, M Johnson, L Phair
PURPOSE: The potential of particle therapy has not yet been fully realized due to inaccuracies in range verification. The purpose of this work was to correlate the Bragg peak location with target structure, by overlaying thermoacoustic localization of the Bragg peak onto an ultrasound image. METHODS: Pulsed delivery of 50 MeV protons was accomplished by a fast chopper installed between the ion source and the inflector of the 88″ cyclotron at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047827/su-c-204-01-a-dosimetric-investigation-into-the-effects-of-yttrium-90-radioembolization-on-the-gi-tract-in-vivo-and-histological-analysis-in-an-animal-model
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A Pasciak, L Nodit, A Bourgeois, B Paxton, A Arepally, Y Bradley
PURPOSE: In Yttrium-90 (90Y) radioembolization, non-target embolization (NTE) to the stomach or small bowel can result in ulceration, a rare but difficult to manage clinical complication. However, dosimetric thresholds for toxicity to these tissues from radioembolization have never been evaluated in a controlled setting. We performed an analysis of the effect of 90Y radioembolization in a porcine model at different absorbed-dose endpoints. METHODS: Under approval of the University of Tennessee IACUC, 6 female pigs were included in this study...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047699/su-c-brc-03-development-of-a-novel-strategy-for-on-demand-monte-carlo-and-deterministic-dose-calculation-treatment-planning-and-optimization-for-external-beam-photon-and-particle-therapy
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Y M Yang, K Bush, B Han, L Xing
PURPOSE: Accurate and fast dose calculation is a prerequisite of precision radiation therapy in modern photon and particle therapy. While Monte Carlo (MC) dose calculation provides high dosimetric accuracy, the drastically increased computational time hinders its routine use. Deterministic dose calculation methods are fast, but problematic in the presence of tissue density inhomogeneity. We leverage the useful features of deterministic methods and MC to develop a hybrid dose calculation platform with autonomous utilization of MC and deterministic calculation depending on the local geometry, for optimal accuracy and speed...
June 2016: Medical Physics
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