Dosimetric accuracy assessment of a treatment plan verification system for scanned proton beam radiotherapy: One-year experimental results and Monte Carlo analysis of the involved uncertainties

S. Molinelli, A. Mairani, A. Mirandola, G. Vilches Freixas, T. Tessonnier, S. Giordanengo, K. Parodi, M. Ciocca, R. Orecchia

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Abstract

During one year of clinical activity at the Italian National Center for Oncological Hadron Therapy 31 patients were treated with actively scanned proton beams. Results of patient-specific quality assurance procedures are presented here which assess the accuracy of a three-dimensional dose verification technique with the simultaneous use of multiple small-volume ionization chambers. To investigate critical cases of major deviations between treatment planning system (TPS) calculated and measured data points, a Monte Carlo (MC) simulation tool was implemented for plan verification in water. Starting from MC results, the impact of dose calculation, dose delivery and measurement set-up uncertainties on plan verification results was analyzed. All resulting patient-specific quality checks were within the acceptance threshold, which was set at 5% for both mean deviation between measured and calculated doses and standard deviation. The mean deviation between TPS dose calculation and measurement was less than ±3% in 86% of the cases. When all three sources of uncertainty were accounted for, simulated data sets showed a high level of agreement, with mean and maximum absolute deviation lower than 2.5% and 5%, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3837-3847
Number of pages11
JournalPhysics in Medicine and Biology
Volume58
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 7 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Medicine(all)

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