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Quantitative Dose Tracking Enabled Through a Novel Deformable 3D Dosimeter

T Juang

T Juang1*, J Newton1, S Das1, J Adamovics2, M Oldham1, (1) Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, (2) Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ

WE-E-BRB-4 Wednesday 2:00:00 PM - 3:50:00 PM Room: Ballroom B

To evaluate and investigate the feasibility of a new method for validating dose tracking algorithms in deforming tissues using a novel deformable 3D dosimeter.

A novel deformable 3D Presage dosimeter is reported consisting of a stretchy polyurethane matrix doped with radiochromic leuco-dye. Two deformable cylindrical dosimeters (6 cm diameter, 5 cm long) were manufactured and irradiated with a checkerboard arrangement of 5 mm square pencil beams created by MLC fields. One dosimeter was irradiated under lateral compression by 33% (6 cm down to 4 cm diameter) to simulate a deformed organ. A second control dosimeter was irradiated with the same checkerboard pattern but without deformation applied. High-resolution 3D dose distributions (isotropic 1 mm resolution) were obtained by optical-CT imaging. Physical dose deformation was quantified by comparing checkerboard pencil beam shapes and positions in the deformed and control dosimeters.

Deformation of dose in the deformed dosimeter was clearly visible in all 3 dimensions. The deformed checkerboard dose pattern showed expansion of 16% - 46% along the axis of compression, with higher expansion observed in the central regions of the dosimeter. Perpendicular to the compression axis, the dose pattern contracted by 7% - 13%. Peak dose changes of -6% and +30% were observed parallel and perpendicular to the compression axis respectively. Dose response was linear from 0 - 8 Gy.

Dose tracking was successfully quantified in a novel deforming 3D dosimeter. This capability has potential as a powerful new method for validating deformable dose tracking and registration algorithms.

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