QUART Nonius - Quality Control in Radiation Therapy Without Film
H De las Heras1, K Mair2, D Coll Segarra3*, F Schoefer1, O Blanck4, S Szeglin3, (1) QUART GmbH, Zorneding, Germany,(2) Strahlentherapie Kempten am Klinikum Kempten, Kempten, Germany, (3) CNMC Company Inc, Nashville, TN, (4) CyberKnife Center Northern Germany & University Clinic Schleswig-Holstein, Luebeck, GermanySU-E-T-64 Sunday 3:00PM - 6:00PM Room: Exhibit Hall
Present a cost-efficient device for the measurement of therapy beam edges as an alternative to the use of conventional, radiochromic or CR films.
The Nonius device consists of a 4 cm ruler located above a radio-sensitive array of 16 photo-sensitive detectors. Each detector is 0.4 x 0.4 mm and separated by 2.56 mm. The Nonius' ruler is centered on the edge of the light field and then irradiated. A profile along the radiation field edge is displayed and the position corresponding to 50 % decay is automatically compared with the center of the ruler to determine the deviation of the radiation and light fields. Nonius was irradiated and evaluated using 15MV photons (with a flattening filter), 6-7MV photons FFF (flattening filter free) and 1MV photons (Carbon target) from a linear accelerator. The doses varied between 1 and 10 cGy (1 to 10 monitor units, MU).
Nonius is able to measure a useable profile signal with as little as a 2 MU dose. The measured profiles were validated with a conventional diode array. For the case of FFF profiles, the evaluation method should be adapted to determine the edge correctly. The results, including graphs and all data, can be directly printed from the software or stored.
The applicability of Nonius for accurately comparing the coincidence of therapy light and radiation fields was investigated and confirmed. The advantages of using this device in place of film is its ability to automatically and objectively evaluate the coincidence of these fields, the reduced time it takes to make and display measurement results, and the elimination of the repetitive costs and other complications incurred when using various types of film. Thus, a simplification of a necessary and required quality control procedure for linear accelerators and robotic radiosurgery seems to be possible.
Funding Support, Disclosures, and Conflict of Interest: H. de las Heras works part-time as consultant at QUART GmbH, the company that manufacturers the detector Nonius. F. Schoefer is th scientific leader of QUART GmbH. S. Szeglin and D. Coll work for CNMC Co., the company that distributes the detector Nonius in North America. O. Blanck works for German Cyberknife Services. K. Mair has no conflict of interest.