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Accurately simulating the production of radiotherapy portal images using non-zero beam angles

Kairn, T., Warne, D., Kenny, J., & Dwyer, M. (2011) Accurately simulating the production of radiotherapy portal images using non-zero beam angles. Radiation Measurements, 46(12), pp. 1967-1970.

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Abstract

In this study, the delivery and portal imaging of one square-field and one conformal radiotherapy treatment was simulated using the Monte Carlo codes BEAMnrc and DOSXYZnrc. The treatment fields were delivered to a humanoid phantom from different angles by a 6 MV photon beam linear accelerator, with an amorphous-silicon electronic portal imaging device (a-Si EPID) used to provide images of the phantom generated by each field. The virtual phantom preparation code CTCombine was used to combine a computed-tomography-derived model of the irradiated phantom with a simple, rectilinear model of the a-Si EPID, at each beam angle used in the treatment. Comparison of the resulting experimental and simulated a-Si EPID images showed good agreement, within gamma, indicating that this method may be useful in providing accurate Monte Carlo predictions of clinical a-Si EPID images, for use in the verification of complex radiotherapy treatments.

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ID Code: 46092
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Computer simulation, EPID, Medical imaging, Radiation therapy
DOI: 10.1016/j.radmeas.2011.05.074
ISSN: 1350-4487
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHYSICAL SCIENCES (020000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OTHER MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (119900) > Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified (119999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Learning Support
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Research Centres > High Performance Computing and Research Support
Deposited On: 06 Mar 2012 08:23
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2012 08:24

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