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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 156-162

Performance characteristics of an independent dose verification program for helical tomotherapy

1 London Regional Cancer Program, London Health Sciences Centre, London, ON, Canada
2 London Regional Cancer Program, London Health Sciences Centre; Department of Oncology; Department of Medical Biophysics, Western University, London, ON, Canada

Correspondence Address:
Slav Yartsev
London Regional Cancer Program, 790 Commissioners Road East, London, ON N6A 4L6
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jmp.JMP_48_17

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Helical tomotherapy with its advanced method of intensity-modulated radiation therapy delivery has been used clinically for over 20 years. The standard delivery quality assurance procedure to measure the accuracy of delivered radiation dose from each treatment plan to a phantom is time-consuming. RadCalc®, a radiotherapy dose verification software, has released specifically for beta testing a module for tomotherapy plan dose calculations. RadCalc®'s accuracy for tomotherapy dose calculations was evaluated through examination of point doses in ten lung and ten prostate clinical plans. Doses calculated by the TomoHDA™ tomotherapy treatment planning system were used as the baseline. For lung cases, RadCalc® overestimated point doses in the lung by an average of 13%. Doses within the spinal cord and esophagus were overestimated by 10%. Prostate plans showed better agreement, with overestimations of 6% in the prostate, bladder, and rectum. The systematic overestimation likely resulted from limitations of the pencil beam dose calculation algorithm implemented by RadCalc®. Limitations were more severe in areas of greater inhomogeneity and less prominent in regions of homogeneity with densities closer to 1 g/cm3. Recommendations for RadCalc® dose calculation algorithms and anatomical representation were provided based on the results of the study.

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