Comparison of four commercial devices for RapidArc and sliding window IMRT QA

Varatharaj Chandraraj, Sotirios Stathakis, Ravikumar Manickam, Carlos Esquivel, Sanjay S. Supe, Nikos Papanikolaou

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For intensity-modulated radiation therapy, evaluation of the measured dose against the treatment planning calculated dose is essential in the context of patient-specific quality assurance. The complexity of volumetric arc radiotherapy delivery attributed to its dynamic and synchronization nature require new methods and potentially new tools for the quality assurance of such techniques. In the present study, we evaluated and compared the dosimetric performance of EDR2 film and three other commercially available quality assurance devices: IBA I'MatriXX array, PTW Seven29 array and the Delta4 array. The evaluation of these dosimetric systems was performed for RapidArc and IMRT deliveries using a Varian NovalisTX linear accelerator. The plans were generated using the Varian Eclipse treatment planning system. Our results showed that all four QA techniques yield equivalent results. All patient QAs passed our institutional clinical criteria of gamma index based on a 3% dose difference and 3 mm distance to agreement. In addition, the Bland-Altman analysis was performed which showed that all the calculated gamma values of all three QA devices were within 5% from those of the film. The results showed that the four QA systems used in this patient-specific IMRT QA analysis are equivalent. We concluded that the dosimetric systems under investigation can be used interchangeably for routine patient specific QA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)338-349
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2011


  • Film dosimetry
  • IMRT
  • Photons
  • Quality assurance
  • RapidArc

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Radiation
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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