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Innovation in Radiation Therapy Delivery: Advanced Digital Linac Features

L Xing

J Wong

R Li

L Xing1*, J Wong2*, R Li3*, (1) Stanford University, Stanford, CA, (2) Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, (3) Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA


WE-D-BRD-1 Wednesday 11:00AM - 12:15PM Room: Ballroom D

Last few years has witnessed significant advances in linac technology and therapeutic dose delivery method. Digital linacs equipped with high dose rate FFF beams have been clinically implemented in a number of hospitals. Gated VMAT is becoming increasingly popular in treating tumors affected by respiratory motion. This session is devoted to update the audience with these technical advances and to present our experience in clinically implementing the new linacs and dose delivery methods. Topics to be covered include, technical features of new generation of linacs from different vendors, dosimetric characteristics and clinical need for FFF-beam based IMRT and VMAT, respiration-gated VMAT, the concept and implementation of station parameter optimized radiation therapy (SPORT), beam level imaging and onboard image guidance tools. Emphasis will be on providing fundamental understanding of the new treatment delivery and image guidance strategies, control systems, and the associated dosimetric characteristics. Commissioning and acceptance experience on these new treatment delivery technologies will be reported. Clinical experience and challenges encountered during the process of implementation of the new treatment techniques and future applications of the systems will also be highlighted.

Learning Objectives:
1. Present background knowledge of emerging digital linacs and summarize their key geometric and dosimetric features.
2. SPORT as an emerging radiation therapy modality specifically designed to take advantage of digital linacs.
3. Discuss issues related to the acceptance and commissioning of the digital linacs and FFF beams.
4. Describe clinical utility of the new generation of digital linacs and their future applications.


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