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Paskalev KA , Seuntjens JP , Patrocinio HJ , Podgorsak EB
Physical aspects of dynamic stereotactic radiosurgery with very small photon beams (1.5 and 3 mm in diameter)
Medical Physics. 2003 Feb;30(2) :111-118
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Stereotactic radiosurgery is often used for treating functional disorders. For some of these disorders, the size of the target can be on the order of a millimeter and the radiation dose required for treatment on the order of 80 Gy. The very small radiation field and high prescribed dose present a difficult challenge in beam calibration, dose distribution calculation, and dose delivery. In this work the dose distribution for dynamic stereotactic radiosurgery, carried out with 1.5 and 3 mm circular fields, was studied. A 10 MV beam from a Clinac-18 linac (Varian, Palo Alto, CA) was used as the radiation source. The BEAM/EGS4 Monte Carlo code was used to model the treatment head of the machine along with the small-field collimators. The models were validated with the EGSnrc code, first through a calculation of percent depth doses (PDD) and dose profiles in a water phantom for the two small stationary circular beams and then through a comparison of the calculated with measured PDD and profile data. The three-dimensional (3-D) dose distributions for the dynamic rotation with the two small radiosurgical fields were calculated in a spherical water phantom using a modified version of the fast XVMC Monte Carlo code and the validated models of the machine. The dose distributions in a horizontal plane at the isocenter of the linac were measured with low-speed radiographic film. The maximum sizes of the Monte Carlo-calculated 50% isodose surfaces in this horizontal plane were 2.3 mm for the 1.5 mm diameter beam and 3.8 mm for the 3 mm diameter beam. The maximum discrepancies between the 50% isodose surface on the film and the 50% Monte Carlo-calculated isodose surfaces were 0.3 mm for both the 1.5 and 3 mm beams. In addition, the displacement of the delivered dose distributions with respect to the laser-defined isocenter of the machine was studied. The results showed that dynamic radiosurgery with very small beams has a potential for clinical use. 2003 American Association of Physicists in Medicine.
Reprtints: Paskalev, KA,Fox Chase Canc Ctr, Dept Radiat Oncol, 7701 Burholme Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111 USA Article English