Effect of computed tomography number-relative electron density conversion curve on the calculation of radiotherapy dose and evaluation of Monaco radiotherapy treatment planning system

Hasani, M. and Farhood, B. and Ghorbani, M. and Naderi, H. and Saadatmand, S. and Karimkhani Zandi, S. and Knaup, C. (2019) Effect of computed tomography number-relative electron density conversion curve on the calculation of radiotherapy dose and evaluation of Monaco radiotherapy treatment planning system. Australasian Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine.

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Abstract

The accuracy of a computed tomography (CT)-relative electron density (RED) curve may have an indirect impact on the accuracy of dose calculation by a treatment planning system (TPS). This effect has not been previously quantified for input of different CT-RED curves from different CT-scan units in the Monaco TPS. This study aims to evaluate the effect of CT-RED curve on the dose calculation by the Monaco radiotherapy TPS. Four CT images of the CIRS phantom were obtained by different CT scanners. The accuracy of the dose calculation in the three algorithms of the Monaco TPS (Monte Carlo, collapse cone, and pencil beam) is also evaluated based on TECDOC 1583. The CT-RED curves from the CT scanners were transferred to the Monaco TPS to audit the different algorithms of the TPS. The dose values were measured with an ionization chamber in the CIRS phantom. Then, the dose values were calculated by the Monaco algorithms in the corresponding points. For the Monaco TPS and based on TECDOC 1583, the accuracy of the dose calculation in all the three algorithms is within the agreement criteria for most of the points evaluated. For low dose regions, the differences between the calculated and measured dose values are higher than the agreement criteria in a number of points. For the majority of the points, the algorithms underestimate the calculated dose values. It was also found that the use of different CT-RED curves can lead to minor discrepancies in the dose calculation by the Monaco TPS, especially in low dose regions. However, it appears that these differences are not clinically significant in most of the cases. © 2019, Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Carrier concentration; Electron density measurement; Phantoms; Radiotherapy; Scanning, Audit; CT Image; CT scanners; Dose calculation; Monaco; Pencil beam; Radiotherapy treatment planning; Treatment planning systems, Computerized tomography
Subjects: Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Para medicine > Department of Management Radiology and Medical Physics
Depositing User: ART . editor
Date Deposited: 05 May 2019 12:05
Last Modified: 05 May 2019 12:05
URI: http://eprints.kaums.ac.ir/id/eprint/3772

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