Patient dose estimation in TBI using portal film transit dosimetry in combination with semiconductor detectors

C. Fiorino, C. Uleri, G. M. Cattaneo, B. Longobardi, P. Signorotto, R. Calandrino

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The ability of portal films in combination with diode detectors in estimating in-vivo midline dose distributions during Total Body Irradiation (TBI) has been investigated. A method to estimate midline dose distributions in a lateral field technique for Total Body Irradiation (TBI) by using diodes and portal films has been suggested. The proposed technique has been verified in a phantom simulating quasi-clinical conditions. In order to better assess the reliability of the method in clinical conditions, we tested an algorithm for estimating midline doses in TBI in a number of situations with cork inhomogeneities both symmetrically and asymmetrically positioned with respect to the phantom midline, by on-axis diodes measurements. A good agreement between estimated and measured off-axis midline doses has been found in correspondence of cork inhomogeneities on a phantom simulating the head-thorax-abdomen region; when using high-Z lungs attenuators, the agreement is still acceptable. Regarding on-axis measurements, this agreement is within 1% (considering the sum of opposed fields for nonsymmetrical inhomogeneities), when the longitudinal dimension of the inhomogeneities is large (18 cm). For the critical case of inhomogeneities with a very small longitudinal dimension (6 cm) the agreement is worse but still acceptable for Quality Assurance aims (4.5% in the worst situation of 'large' distance between the inhomogeneities, better than 2% in the other situations). The reproducibility of the exit dose measurements by portal films has been found within 2% (1 S.D.), corresponding to about 1% at the midline level. Results indicate the possibility of application of portal films in combination with semiconductors in the in-vivo estimation of midline dose distributions in lateral opposed fields TBI techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-48
Number of pages8
JournalPhysica Medica
Volume12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1996

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Film Dosimetry
Semiconductors
Whole-Body Irradiation
transit
dosimeters
inhomogeneity
dosage
irradiation
detectors
diodes
estimating
Abdomen
thorax
abdomen
Thorax
attenuators
Head
assurance
Lung
lungs

Keywords

  • in-vivo dosimetry
  • portal dosimetry
  • Total Body Irradiation
  • treatment verification

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  • Biophysics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Patient dose estimation in TBI using portal film transit dosimetry in combination with semiconductor detectors. / Fiorino, C.; Uleri, C.; Cattaneo, G. M.; Longobardi, B.; Signorotto, P.; Calandrino, R.

In: Physica Medica, Vol. 12, No. 1, 01.1996, p. 41-48.

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Fiorino, C. ; Uleri, C. ; Cattaneo, G. M. ; Longobardi, B. ; Signorotto, P. ; Calandrino, R. / Patient dose estimation in TBI using portal film transit dosimetry in combination with semiconductor detectors. In: Physica Medica. 1996 ; Vol. 12, No. 1. pp. 41-48.
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