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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 352-361

Commissioning validation of a brachytherapy treatment planning system with egsnrc monte carlo code and EBT3 GAFChromic film

1 Department of Radiotherapy, Central Hospital of the Army, Kouba, Algiers
2 PTHIRM Laboratory, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Saad Dahlab University Blida 1, Blida, Algeria

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Dr. Mohammed Lahlabou
Department of Radiotherapy, Central Hospital of the Army, B. P. 244, Kouba, Algiers
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jmp.jmp_30_22

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Aims: Most brachytherapy treatment planning system (TPS) commissioning requires data input based on the American Association of Physicists in Medicine Task Group-43 formalism. The commissioning accuracy is very important for dose calculation. The aim of this study is the implementation of a brachytherapy TPS into a clinical environment and check the TPS calculated dose accuracy. Subjects and Methods: After introducing data of the different catheters (CIS Bio International, Saclay, France), composed of several Cesium-137 Eckert and Ziegler BEBIG CSM-11 radioactive sources; for XiO (CMS, St. Louis) brachytherapy TPS, the TPS dose calculation accuracy was investigated by comparing between the TPS calculated dose distribution (DD) for all the catheters with (1) the measuring DD using EBT3 GAFChromic film and (2) calculating DD by egs_brachy (Electron Gamma Shower, National Research Council of Canada) Monte Carlo simulation. The phantom used for this study consists of six PTW slabs 30 cm × 30 cm × 1 cm of polymethyl methacrylate with a Delouche MEDpro applicator on the top. The TPS DD was calculated on the computed tomography scan of this phantom. Statistical Analysis Used: PTW VeriSoft version (PTW-Freiburg, Germany) software was used for analyzing scanned films and to perform the comparison based on the gamma index distribution. Results: For each catheter, the gamma index distribution showed agreement >95% of all pixels in both verification methods, with gamma ≤1. Conclusions: We confirm the commissioning accuracy and that the TPS can be used for clinical purposes.

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