Performance of independent dose calculation in helical tomotherapy: Implementation of the MCSIM code

Eric Dzintars, Sotirios Stathakis, Panayiotis Mavroidis, Amir Sadeghi, Nikos Papanikolaou

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-438
Number of pages16
JournalAustralasian Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

Keywords

  • Helical tomotherapy
  • Implementation
  • Independent dose calculation
  • MCSIM code

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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