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How to Improve the Dose Accuracy for Gantry Angle Dependent Patient Specific IMRT QA Using 2D Ion Chamber Array with Octavius Phantom

D Choi

D Choi*, P Nookala, B Patyal, Loma Linda Univ Medical Center, LOMA LINDA, CA

SU-E-T-100 Sunday 3:00:00 PM - 6:00:00 PM Room: Exhibit Hall

Purpose: To determine the cross calibration factors which can predict more accurate dose distribution for fixed beam IMRT QA using Octavius phantom.

Methods: The ion chamber based Octavius 2D-array detector (PTW, Freiburg, Germany) is a step in the right direction to measure the absolute dose and dose distribution for patient specific IMRT QA. However, the directional dependency of this detector made it less than desirable for angle dependent IMRT QA. We evaluated the new Octavius system (PTW, Freiburg, Germany) for angle dependent IMRT QA which compensates the response due to directional dependency. The system is designed for full arc VMAT QA, but does not always work for the discrete angle IMRT QA due to non-averaging of errors caused by directional dependence of detectors. The proposed method uses correction factors for each gantry angle. The dose for a 10cm x 10cm open field for each gantry angle was calculated by treatment planning system and measured using the Octavius phantom. The correction factors were determined at each gantry angle and the dose distribution was renormalized at each angle using correction factors.

Results: The discrepancy between measured and planned dose per monitor unit depended on the gantry angle and were in the range of +-4% using the PTW method. Using our method, uncertainty due to the detector angle dependency was eliminated.

Conclusions: The new method removes the angle dependency of ion chamber based 2D array detector for the fixed beam IMRT QA. It provides fast, accurate and more realistic results for angle dependent IMRT QA.

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