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Independent Remote Audits for TG51 NonCompliant Photon Beams Performed by the IROC Houston QA Center

P Alvarez

P Alvarez*, A Molineu , J Lowenstein , P Taylor , S Kry , D Followill , UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX


SU-F-T-485 (Sunday, July 31, 2016) 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Room: Exhibit Hall

IROC_H conducts external audits for output check verification of photon and electron beams. Many of these beams can meet the geometric requirements of the TG 51 calibration protocol. For those photon beams that are non TG 51 compliant like Elekta GammaKnife, Accuray CyberKnife and TomoTherapy, IROC_H has specific audit tools to monitor the reference calibration.

IROC_H used its TLD and OSLD remote monitoring systems to verify the output of machines with TG 51 non compliant beams. Acrylic OSLD miniphantoms are used for the CyberKnife. Special TLD phantoms are used for TomoTherapy and GammaKnife machines to accommodate the specific geometry of each machine. These remote audit tools are sent to institutions to be irradiated and returned to IROC_H for analysis.

The average IROC_H/institution ratios for 480 GammaKnife, 660 CyberKnife and 907 rotational TomoTherapy beams are 1.000±0.021, 1.008±0.019, 0.974±0.023, respectively. In the particular case of TomoTherapy, the overall ratio is 0.977±0.022 for HD units. The standard deviations of all results are consistent with values determined for TG 51 compliant photon beams. These ratios have shown some changes compared to values presented in 2008. The GammaKnife results were corrected by an experimentally determined scatter factor of 1.025 in 2013. The TomoTherapy helical beam results are now from a rotational beam whereas in 2008 the results were from a static beam. The decision to change modality was based on recommendations from the users.

External audits of beam outputs is a valuable tool to confirm the calibrations of photon beams regardless of whether the machine is TG 51 or TG 51 non compliant. The difference found for TomoTherapy units is under investigation.

Funding Support, Disclosures, and Conflict of Interest: This investigation was supported by IROC grant CA180803 awarded by the NCI

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