The growing interest for conformal radiotherapy originates from the need of giving the prescribed dose to the target volume, by sparing, at the same time, surrounding healthy tissues and organs. More dose to the target volume with respect to the healthy tissues always increases the curative possibilities of the treatment. However, the development of conformal techniques implies an increased complexity of the treatment and the solution of many technical and dosimetric problems. In our Institute we are developing new conformal techniques, based on the use of moving bars driven by a computer-controlled system in arc therapy. This paper refers to the conclusion of the preliminary part of our work: a movement (translating or rotating) of bars in arc therapy seems to have good chances to tailor dose distribution in a relatively simple way. We realized two mechanical systems driven by computer for translating and rotating movements of a bar. The two techniques have been tested by TLD and film dosimetry on acrylic phantoms. We present the results of these tests, and describe technical problems and the clinical possibilities of this method.
|Translated title of the contribution||Conformal technics by the movement of bars in pendular fields. 1. Prototype realization and the possible applications|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging