Performance of independent dose calculation in helical tomotherapy: implementation of the mcsim code
2012 (English)In: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine, ISSN 0158-9938, Vol. 35, no 4, 423-438 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Currently, a software-based second check dose calculation for helical tomotherapy (HT) is not available. The goal of this study is to evaluate the dose calculation accuracy of the in-house software using EGS4/MCSIM Monte Carlo environment against the treatment planning system calculations. In-house software was used to convert HT treatment plan information into a non-helical format. The MCSIM dose calculation code was evaluated by comparing point dose calculations and dose profiles against those from the HT treatment plan. Fifteen patients, representing five treatment sites, were used in this comparison. Point dose calculations between the HT treatment planning system and the EGS4/MCSIM Monte Carlo environment had percent difference values below 5 % for the majority of this study. Vertical and horizontal planar profiles also had percent difference values below 5 % for the majority of this study. Down sampling was seen to improve speed without much loss of accuracy. EGS4/MCSIM Monte Carlo environment showed good agreement with point dose measurements, compared to the HT treatment plans. Vertical and horizontal profiles also showed good agreement. Significant time saving may be obtained by down-sampling beam projections. The dose calculation accuracy of the in-house software using the MCSIM code against the treatment planning system calculations was evaluated. By comparing point doses and dose profiles, the EGS4/MCSIM Monte Carlo environment was seen to provide an accurate independent dose calculation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 35, no 4, 423-438 p.
Independent dose calculation, Helical tomotherapy, Implementation, MCSIM code
Biomedical Laboratory Science/Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-88297DOI: 10.1007/s13246-012-0165-xISI: 000314407000006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-88297DiVA: diva2:612174