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Fast Processed 3D Printing-Aided Urethane Resin (PUR) Bolus in Radiation Therapy

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B Zhao

B Zhao*, T Chiu , X Gu , H Lee , L Nedzi , S Jiang , UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX


TU-H-CAMPUS-TeP1-5 (Tuesday, August 2, 2016) 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Room: ePoster Theater

Purpose: 3D printed custom bolus is regularly used in radiation therapy clinic as a compensator. However, usual method of bolus printing with 100% filling is very time-consuming. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the feasibility and benefit of 3D printed bolus filled with UR.

Methods: Two boluses were designed on nose (9e electrons) and ear (6x photons) for a head phantom in treatment planning system (TPS) to achieve dose coverage to the skin. The bolus structures (56-167cc) were converted to STereoLithographic (STL) model using an in-house developed algorithm and sent to a commercial fused deposition modeling (FDM) printer. Only shells were printed with polylactic acid (PLA) material. Liquid UR was then placed in a vacuum pump and slowly poured into the hollow bolus from its top opening. Liquid UR hardened in around half an hour. The phantom was rescanned with custom boluses attached and the dosimetry was compared with original design in TPS. Basic CT and dose properties were investigated. GaF films were irradiated to measure dose profile and output of several open photon and electron beams under solid water and UR slabs of same thicknesses.

Results: CT number was 11.2±7.3 and 65.4±7.8, respectively for solid water(~1.04g/cc) and UR(~1.08g/cc). The output measurement at dmax for 6x was within 2% for the two materials. The relative dose profiles of the two materials above dmax show 94-99% Gamma analysis passing rates for both photons and electrons. Dose distributions with 3D PUR boluses maintained great coverage on the intended skin regions and resembled that with computer generated boluses. Manufacturing 3D PUR boluses was 3-4 times faster than 100% printed boluses. The efficiency significantly improves for larger boluses.

Conclusion: The study suggests UR has similar dose responses as solid water. Making custom bolus with UR greatly increases clinical workflow efficiency.

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