Dosimetric comparison of water phantoms, ion chambers, and data acquisition modes for LINAC characterization

Wilbert Cruz, Ganesh Narayanasamy, Niko Papanikolaou, Sotirios Stathakis

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Purpose In this study a dosimetric comparison utilizing continuous data acquisition and discrete data acquisition is examined using IBA Blue Phantom (IBA Dosimetry, Schwarzenbruck, Germany) and PTW (PTW, Freiberg, Germany) MP3-M water tanks. The tanks were compared according to several factors including set up time, ease of use, and data acquisition times. A tertiary objective is to study the response of several ionization chambers in the two tanks examined. Methods Measurements made using a Varian 23EX LINAC (Varian Medical Systems, Palo Alto, CA) include PDDs and beam profiles for various field sizes with IBA CC13, PTW Semiflex 31010, PTW Pinpoint N31016, and PTW 31013 ion chambers for photons (6, 18 MV) and electrons (6, 9, 12, 15, and 18 MeV). Radial and transverse profile scans were done at depths of maximum dose, 5 cm, 10 cm, and 20 cm using the same set of tanks and detectors for the photon beams. Radial and transverse profile scans were done at depth of maximum dose for the electron beams on the same tanks and chambers. Data processing and analysis was performed using PTW's MEPHYSTO Navigator software and IBA's OmniPro Accept version 6.6 for the respective water tank systems. Results PDD values agree to within 1% and dmax to within 1 mm for the PTW MP3-M tank using PTW 31010 and Blue Phantom using IBA CC13 chamber, respectively and larger discrepancy with the PTW PinPoint N31016 chamber at 6 MV. With respect to setup time the PTW MP3-M and IBA Blue phantom tank took about 20 and 40 min, respectively. Scan times were longer by 5-15 min per field size in the PTW MP3-M tank for the square field sizes from 1 cm to 40 cm as compared to the IBA Blue phantom. However, data processing times were higher by 7 min per field size with the IBA system. Conclusions Tank measurements showed little deviation with the higher energy photons as compared to the lower energy photons with regards to the PDD measurements. Chamber construction as well as tank set up may be causing the slight deviation in data. It is important to identify the exact source of the potential errors to ensure that proper tank usage is performed when making such measurements to ensure that patient safety is in compliance. Beam profiles done with different chambers and tanks showed little to no deviation from one to another. With regards to continuous versus discrete data measurements the main difference was in the data processing technique used. Discrete data obtained required less data processing as compared to the continuous data acquired.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5467
Pages (from-to)108-114
Number of pages7
JournalRadiation Measurements
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015


  • Chamber comparison
  • Continuous data acquisition
  • Discrete data acquisition
  • Dosimetry
  • Water tank

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Instrumentation


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