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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 193-199

Fidelity of dose delivery at high dose rate of volumetric modulated arc therapy in a truebeam linac with flattening filter free beams

Department of Radiation Oncology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA

Correspondence Address:
Georgios Kalantzis
875 Blake Wilbur Drive, Stanford Cancer Center, Stanford, CA, 94305, California
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0971-6203.103604

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The purpose of this study is to assess fidelity of radiation delivery between high and low dose rates of the flattening filter free (FFF) modes of a new all-digital design medical linear accelerator (Varian TrueBeam TM ), particularly for plans optimized for volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT). Measurements were made for the two energies of flattening filter free photon beams with a Varian TrueBeam TM linac: 6 MV (6 XFFF) at 400 and 1400 MU/min, and 10 MV (10 XFFF) at 400 and 2400 MU/ min. Data acquisition and analysis was performed with both ionization chambers and diode detector system Delta 4 , for square radiation fields and for 8 VMAT treatment plans optimized for SBRT treatment of lung tumors. For the square fields, a percent dose difference between high and low dose rate of the order of 0.3-0.4% for both photon energies was seen with the ionization chambers, while the contribution to the difference from ion recombination was found to be negligible. For both the VMAT and square-field deliveries, the Delta 4 showed the same average percent dose difference between the two dose rates of ~0.8% and ~0.6% for 10 MV and 6 MV, respectively, with the lower dose rate values giving the greater measured dose compared to the high dose rate. Thus, the VMAT deliveries introduced negligible dose differences between high and low dose rate. Finally, reproducibility of dose measurements was good for both energies.

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