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A Novel GPU-Based Fast Monte Carlo Photon Dose Calculating Method for Accurate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning

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M Tavakoli

M Tavakoli*1, M Karbalaee 1 , D Shahbazi1 ,(1) Department of Medical Physics, School of Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran


SU-I-GPD-T-357 (Sunday, July 30, 2017) 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Room: Exhibit Hall

Purpose: This work aimed to create a novel GPU-based Fact Monte Carlo Photon Dose Code (called MCPDC in this work) as a fast and accurate tool in dose calculation for radiotherapy treatment planning.

Methods: MCPDC was written to implement photon Monte Carlo simulation for energies in the range of 0.01–20 MeV and run on an NVIDIA GTX970. The code was validated using DOSXYZnrc results and experimental measurements, performed by a Mapcheck dosimeter.

Results: Using the innovative definition of the photon and electron interactions, the average calculation time for the MCPDC was 5.4 sec for 5e7 source particle history, significantly less than that of DOSXYZnrc which was 400 min. Considering the simulations in the anthropomorphic phantom with bone and lung inhomogeneity, in all cases, 96.1% or more of all significant voxels passed the gamma criteria of 3%-3 mm. Compared to the experimental dosimetry results, 97.6% or more of all significant voxels passed the acceptable clinical gamma index of 3%-3 mm.

Conclusion: Very fast calculation speed and high accuracy in dose calculation may allow the MCPDC to be used in routine radiotherapy clinics as the central component of a treatment plan verification system and also as the dose calculation engine for MC-based planning. MCPDC is currently under development for electron dose calculation module and graphic user interface. In addition, future work on the applicability of the improved version of the FMCPDC in transit dosimetry of Megavoltage CT is under process.

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