Kalibrierung der Strahlmonitore einer synchrotronbasierten Teilchentherapieanlage

Translated title of the contribution: Beam monitor calibration of a synchrotron-based scanned light-ion beam delivery system

Jhonnatan Osorio*, Ralf Dreindl, Loïc Grevillot, Virgile Letellier, Peter Kuess, Antonio Carlino, Alessio Elia, Markus Stock, Stanislav Vatnitsky, Hugo Palmans

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal article (peer-reviewed)Journal article

12 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Purpose: This paper presents the implementation and comparison of two independent methods of beam monitor calibration in terms of number of particles for scanned proton and carbon ion beams. Methods: In the first method, called the single-layer method, dose-area-product to water (DAPw) is derived from the absorbed dose to water determined using a Roos-type plane-parallel ionization chamber in single-energy scanned beams. This is considered the reference method for the beam monitor calibration in the clinically relevant proton and carbon energy ranges. In the second method, called the single-spot method, DAPw of a single central spot is determined using a Bragg-peak (BP) type large-area plane-parallel ionization chamber. Emphasis is given to the detailed characterization of the ionization chambers used for the beam monitor calibration. For both methods a detailed uncertainty budget on the DAPw determination is provided as well as on the derivation of the number of particles. Results: Both calibration methods agreed on average within 1.1% for protons and within 2.6% for carbon ions. The uncertainty on DAPw using single-layer beams is 2.1% for protons and 3.1% for carbon ions with major contributions from the available values of kQ and the average spot spacing in both lateral directions. The uncertainty using the single-spot method is 2.2% for protons and 3.2% for carbon ions with major contributions from the available values of kQ and the non-uniformity of the BP chamber response, which can lead to a correction of up-to 3.2%. For the number of particles, an additional dominant uncertainty component for the mean stopping power per incident proton (or the CEMA) needs to be added. Conclusion: The agreement between both methods enhances confidence in the beam monitor calibration and the estimated uncertainty. The single-layer method can be used as a reference and the single-spot method is an alternative that, when more accumulated knowledge and data on the method becomes available, can be used as a redundant dose monitor calibration method. This work, together with the overview of information from the literature provided here, is a first step towards comprehensive information on the single-spot method.

Translated title of the contributionBeam monitor calibration of a synchrotron-based scanned light-ion beam delivery system
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)154-165
Number of pages12
JournalZeitschrift fur Medizinische Physik
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Calibration
  • Protons
  • Radiometry
  • Synchrotrons
  • Uncertainty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Biophysics
  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Imaging

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