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A Simple Correction-Based Method for Independent Monitor Unit (MU) Verification in Monte Carlo (MC) Lung SBRT Plans

D Pokhrel

D Pokhrel*, R Badkul , H Jiang , C Estes , P Kumar , F Wang , Univ Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS


SU-E-T-24 Sunday 3:00PM - 6:00PM Room: Exhibit Hall

Purpose:Lung-SBRT uses hypo-fractionated dose in small non-IMRT fields with tissue-heterogeneity corrected plans. An independent MU verification is mandatory for safe and effective delivery of the treatment plan. This report compares planned MU obtained from iPlan-XVMC-algorithm against spreadsheet-based hand-calculation using most commonly used simple TMR-based method.

Methods:Treatment plans of 15 patients who underwent for MC-based lung-SBRT to 50Gy in 5 fractions for PTV V100%=95% were studied. ITV was delineated on MIP images based on 4D-CT scans. PTVs(ITV+5mm margins) ranged from 10.1-106.5cc(average=48.6cc). MC-SBRT plans were generated using a combination of non-coplanar conformal arcs/beams using iPlan XVMC-algorithm (BrainLAB iPlan ver.4.1.2) for Novalis-TX consisting of micro-MLCs and 6MV-SRS (1000MU/min) beam. These plans were re-computed using heterogeneity-corrected Pencil-Beam (PB-hete) algorithm without changing any beam parameters, such as MLCs/MUs. Dose-ratio: PB-hete/MC gave beam-by-beam inhomogeneity-correction-factors (ICFs):Individual Correction. For independent-2nd-check, MC-MUs were verified using TMR-based hand-calculation and obtained an average ICF:Average Correction, whereas TMR-based hand-calculation systematically underestimated MC-MUs by ~5%. Also, first 10 MC-plans were verified with an ion-chamber measurement using homogenous phantom.

Results:For both beams/arcs, mean PB-hete dose was systematically overestimated by 5.5±2.6% and mean hand-calculated MU systematic underestimated by 5.5±2.5% compared to XVMC. With individual correction, mean hand-calculated MUs matched with XVMC by -0.3±1.4%/0.4±1.4 for beams/arcs, respectively. After average 5% correction, hand-calculated MUs matched with XVMC by 0.5±2.5%/0.6±2.0% for beams/arcs, respectively. Smaller dependence on tumor volume(TV)/field size(FS) was also observed. Ion-chamber measurement was within ±3.0%.

Conclusion:PB-hete overestimates dose to lung tumor relative to XVMC. XVMC-algorithm is much more-complex and accurate with tissues-heterogeneities. Measurement at machine is time consuming and need extra resources; also direct measurement of dose for heterogeneous treatment plans is not clinically practiced, yet. This simple correction-based method was very helpful for independent-2nd-check of MC-lung-SBRT plans and routinely used in our clinic. A look-up table can be generated to include TV/FS dependence in ICFs.

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