Quality assurance of proton compensators

Qingya Zhao, Huanmei Wu, Indra J. Das

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Abstract

Distal dose conformity to a target volume is achieved by choosing proper range of the proton beam and modifying it by custom designed compensator. The voxel of the compensator is milled precisely using a computerized milling machine. The quality assurance of proton compensators used in patient treatment is a vital issue in proton therapy that is investigated. Forty one patient specific proton compensators were analyzed that were manufactured using Milltronics VM16 computerized machine. Comparisons were made between the treatment planning system output data file and the voxel depth of the compensator. Point depths were measured by Sheffield Discovery II and were input into OmniPro IMRT software. The spatial distributions and histograms of compensator depth differences were visualized and evaluated. The acceptable depth difference between the measured and specified depth 0.32mm was maintained. The acceptance criterion of the manufactured compensator was 95% data points. For 37 of the 41 compensators, all measured points passed the test. The average difference is ±0.04 mm with the max difference depth of 0.28mm. One compensator was rejected as 10.4% of the measured points failed the test. For 3 other compensators, about 2.7% of the measured points failed the test with the maximum difference of 9.8 mm. Spatial distribution of the poor quality points was evaluated to decide if the compensa- tors should be rejected. A method for proton compensator quality assurance based on an existing commercial software system is introduced. The QA approach is coupled with visualization and statistical evaluation. Spatial distributions of error points can be identified, which are valuable for further dose distribution analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIFMBE Proceedings
Pages1719-1722
Number of pages4
Volume39 IFMBE
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
EventWorld Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering - Beijing, China
Duration: May 26 2012May 31 2012

Other

OtherWorld Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period5/26/125/31/12

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Quality assurance
Protons
Spatial distribution
Patient treatment
Milling machines
Proton beams
Visualization
Planning

Keywords

  • Compensator
  • Proton Radiotherapy
  • Quality Assurance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioengineering

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Zhao, Q., Wu, H., & Das, I. J. (2013). Quality assurance of proton compensators. In IFMBE Proceedings (Vol. 39 IFMBE, pp. 1719-1722) https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-29305-4_452

Quality assurance of proton compensators. / Zhao, Qingya; Wu, Huanmei; Das, Indra J.

IFMBE Proceedings. Vol. 39 IFMBE 2013. p. 1719-1722.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Zhao, Q, Wu, H & Das, IJ 2013, Quality assurance of proton compensators. in IFMBE Proceedings. vol. 39 IFMBE, pp. 1719-1722, World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Beijing, China, 5/26/12. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-29305-4_452
Zhao Q, Wu H, Das IJ. Quality assurance of proton compensators. In IFMBE Proceedings. Vol. 39 IFMBE. 2013. p. 1719-1722 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-29305-4_452
Zhao, Qingya ; Wu, Huanmei ; Das, Indra J. / Quality assurance of proton compensators. IFMBE Proceedings. Vol. 39 IFMBE 2013. pp. 1719-1722
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