alexa Technical note: patient-specific quality assurance methods for TomoDirect(TM) whole breast treatment delivery.
Cardiology

Cardiology

Atherosclerosis: Open Access

Author(s): Catuzzo P, Zenone F, Aimonetto S, Peruzzo A, Casanova Borca V,

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Abstract PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of implementing a novel approach for patient-specific QA of TomoDirect(TM) whole breast treatment. METHODS: The most currently used TomoTherapy DQA method, consisting in the verification of the 2D dose distribution in a coronal or sagittal plane of the Cheese Phantom by means of gafchromic films, was compared with an alternative approach based on the use of two commercially available diode arrays, MapCHECK2(TM) and ArcCHECK(TM). The TomoDirect(TM) plans of twenty patients with a primary unilateral breast cancer were applied to a CT scan of the Cheese Phantom and a MVCT dataset of the diode arrays. Then measurements of 2D dose distribution were performed and compared with the calculated ones using the gamma analysis method with different sets of DTA and DD criteria (3\%-3 mm, 3\%-2 mm). The sensitivity of the diode arrays to detect delivery and setup errors was also investigated. RESULTS: The measured dose distributions showed excellent agreement with the TPS calculations for each detector, with averaged fractions of passed Γ values greater than 95\%. The percentage of points satisfying the constraint Γ < 1 was significantly higher for MapCHECK2(TM) than for ArcCHECK(TM) and gafchromic films using both the 3\%-3 mm and 3\%-2 mm gamma criteria. Both the diode arrays show a good sensitivity to delivery and setup errors using a 3\%-2 mm gamma criteria. CONCLUSIONS: MapCHECK2™ and ArcCHECK(TM) may fulfill the demands of an adequate system for TomoDirect(TM) patient-specific QA. This article was published in Med Phys and referenced in Atherosclerosis: Open Access

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