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Feasibility Study of Proton Digital Tomosynthesis in Proton Beam Therapy

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B Min

B Min1*, J Kwak2, J Lee3, S Cho3, S Park4, S Yoo1, K Chung1, S Cho1, Y Lim1, D Shin1, S Lee1, J Kim1, (1) Proton Therapy Center, National Cancer Center, Goyang-si, (2) Department of Radiation Oncology, Asan Medical Center, (3) Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, KAIST, (4) McLaren Regional Medical Center, FLINT, MI

SU-E-J-63 Sunday 3:00:00 PM - 6:00:00 PM Room: Exhibit Hall

Purpose: We investigated the feasibility of proton tomosynthesis as daily positioning of patients and compared the results with photon tomosynthesis as an alternative to conventional portal imaging or on-board cone-beam computed tomography. Methods: Dedicated photon-like proton beam using the passively scattered proton beams by the cyclotron was generated for proton imaging. The eleven projections were acquired over 30 degree with 3 degree increment in order to investigate the performance of proton tomosynthesis. The cylinder blocks and resolution phantom were used to evaluate imaging performance. Resolution phantom of a cylinder of diameter 12 cm was used to investigate the reconstructed imaging characteristics. Electron density cylinder blocks with diameter of 28 mm and height of 70 mm were employed to assess the imaging quality. The solid water, breast, bone, adipose, lung, muscle, and liver, which were tissue equivalent inserts, were positioned around the resolution phantom. The images were reconstructed by projection onto convex sets (POCS) algorithm and total variation minimization (TVM) methods. The Gafchromic EBT films were utilized for measuring the photon-like proton beams as a proton detector. In addition, the photon tomosynthesis images were obtained for a comparison with proton tomosynthesis images. The same angular sampling data were acquired for both proton and photon tomosynthesis. Results: In the resolution phantom image obtained proton tomosynthesis, down to 1.6 mm diameter rods were resolved visually, although the separation between adjacent rods was less distinct. In contrast, down to 1.2 mm diameter rods were resolved visually in the reconstructed image obtained photon tomosynthesis. Both proton and photon tomosynthesis images were similar in intensities of different density blocks. Conclusions: Our results demonstrated that proton tomosynthesis could make it possible to provide comparable tomography imaging to photon tomosynthesis for positioning as determined by manual registration of high density materials.

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