Comparison between two different methods used for IMRT plans QA of Prostate cancer

Document Type: Conference Proceedings

Authors

1 Department of Nuclear Engineering Central Tehran Branch of Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.

2 Department of Radiology, Faculty of Allied Medical Science, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Nuclear Engineering Central Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.

4 Department of Medical Physics, Shohada –e- Tajrish Hospital, Tehran, Iran.

5 Department of Radiotherapy & Oncology, Shohada- e- Tajrish Hospital, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Abstract

Introduction: The aim of this study is evaluation of two Quality Assurance methods in sliding window IMRT technique and Determination of gamma index in both methods
 
Materials and Methods: In this study two tools named" Delta4" phantom and " Epiqa" software has been used to perform QA on the treatment plan before the actual treatment by Varian linear accelerator Clinac 600C. For this purpose, 20 patient’s treatment plan were assessed with the 3% and 3mm criteria.
 
Results: Each treatment field demonstrated that the gamma index in the delta4 phantom was more than the Epiqa software for all patients. The most uncertainty for a treatment plan in delta4 phantom was 0.88% and for Epiqa software was 1.53%. (p- value <0.05)
Conclusion: In spite of these variations in results and also studying similar researches, these tools can be used as a reliable QA method in radiotherapy centers. Delta4 phantom is preferred to Epiqa software because it is a dosimeter. However, Epiqa software is economical to install. therefore can be used for those centers which cannot afford delta4 phantom due to economic consideration.

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