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Operation of An Electron Accelerator On An Integrated MR-Linac System

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J Harasimowicz

J Harasimowicz1*, J Kok2 , J Overweg3 , D Roberts1 , I Shinton1 , S Sund1 , H Wang4 , M Zhong4 , (1) Elekta Limited, Crawley, UK, (2) University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands, (3) Philips Innovative Technologies, Hamburg, Germany, (4) Elekta Beijing Medical Systems, Beijing, China


SU-E-J-200 (Sunday, July 12, 2015) 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Room: Exhibit Hall

An integrated MRI guided radiotherapy system poses a challenge of operating a linear accelerator in the presence of a magnetic field as the magnetic force acting on the electrons could result in radiation source displacement and subsequent reduction of dose output. It was the purpose of this work to test the performance of a linac in the presence of a 1.5T MRI system.

The first experimental MRI guided radiotherapy system at UMC-Utrecht consisting of an Elekta linac rotating around a 1.5T Magnex magnet was examined. A passive magnetic shield was simulated, designed and installed to reduce the influence of the MRI magnet stray field on the electron beamline. The B field inside the shield was measured as a function of gantry angle and measurements of dose rate constancy upon gantry rotation were performed.

The magnitude of the magnetic field on the electron beam path without the shield was as high as 70G. It varied by up to 15G with gantry rotation due to the presence of metal beams in the bunker floor which resulted in dose output drop of up to 70% at certain gantry angles. With the prototype shield, field magnitude was reduced to well below 0.5G everywhere along the electron beam path. Field variation with gantry rotation was decreased to below 0.2G and enabled dose output of the linac to be recovered at all gantry angles. The homogeneity of the field inside the MRI magnet has not been compromised.

It was demonstrated that the influence of the 1.5T magnet and the bunker design on the linac operation has been minimised. The performance will be further improved on the Elekta Atlantic system which incorporates a newly developed and optimised Philips magnet design and bunker construction.

Funding Support, Disclosures, and Conflict of Interest: J Harasimowicz, D Roberts, I Shinton and S Sund are employed by Elekta Limited Crawley, H Wang and M Zhong are employed by Elekta Beijing Medical Systems Co. Ltd., J Overweg is employed by Philips Technologie GmbH Forschungslaboratorien.

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