A quality assurance method with submillimeter accuracy for stereotactic linear accelerators.

Jimm Grimm, Shu Ya Lisa Grimm, Indra J. Das, Yunping Zhu, Inhwan Yeo, Jinyu Xue, Larry Simpson, Dayee Jacob, Abhirup Sarkar

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The Stereotactic Alignment for Linear Accelerator (S. A. Linac) system is developed to conveniently improve the alignment accuracy of a conventional linac equipped with stereotactic cones. From the Winston-Lutz test, the SAlinac system performs three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of the quality assurance (QA) ball coordinates with respect to the radiation isocenter, and combines this information with digital images of the laser target to determine the absolute position of the room lasers. A handheld device provides near-real-time repositioning advice to enable the user to align the QA ball and room lasers to within 0.25 mm of the centroid of the radiation isocenter. The results of 37 Winston-Lutz tests over 68 days showed that the median 3D QA ball alignment error was 0.09 mm, and 97% of the time the 3D error was ≤ 0.25 mm. All 3D isocentric errors in the study were 0.3 mm or less. The median x and y laser alignment coordinate error was 0.09 mm, and 94% of the time the x and y laser error was ≤ 0.25 mm. A phantom test showed that the system can make submillimeter end-to-end accuracy achievable, making a conventional linac a "Submillimeter Knife".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3365
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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