Development of an Independent Monitor Unit Verification Program for Photon Beams in 3-Dimensional Conformal Treatment Planning System

Authors(5) :-P. O. Kyeremeh, G. F. Acquah, M. Pokoo-Aikins, T. Dery, F. Hasford

This study focuses on the development of an independent monitor unit verification program for photon beams in 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy as patient specific QA for isocentric treatment. An in-house MS-Excel spreadsheet program was developed to validate monitor units generated by the treatment planning system, with sole intention of ensuring an accurate dose calculation. A total of 3339 treatment fields generated from over 667 patient data for different treatment sites treated with either 6MV or 15MV or both energies were analyzed. The treatment plans were generated with Oncentra Masterplan V4.3 running on collapsed cone algorithm with heterogeneity correction. The planning system’s generated monitor units for each field was based on prescribed dose per fractionation. The independent monitor unit verification program however was built with appropriate beam data obtained from ion chamber measurements. The planning system’s dose at isocentre were juxtaposed with, and tested for accuracy with that calculated by the independent verification program. Variations between the two dose sets as well as dose at Dmax for a given monitor unit were analyzed. For homogenous medium, there was a good agreement between the treatment planning system’s dose at isocentre and the Excel-developed program; with variations in dose at isocentre ranging between -0.15% and -1.73% (against a ±7% set-tolerance). Disparities in Dmax dose ranged between -0.34% and -1.4%. However, in analyzing heterogeneous patient media, disparity in dose at isocentre and Dmax were estimated as -2.09% and -2.12% respectively.

Authors and Affiliations

P. O. Kyeremeh
Department of Medical Physics, Sweden Ghana Medical Centre, P.O.Box MD 1879 Madina, Accra, Ghana
G. F. Acquah
Department of Allied Health, Radford University College, P.O.Box CT 2837, East-Legon, Accra, Ghana.
M. Pokoo-Aikins
Radiological and Medical Sciences Research Institute, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, P.O.Box LG 80, Accra, Ghana.
T. Dery
Radiological and Medical Sciences Research Institute, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, P.O.Box LG 80, Accra, Ghana.
F. Hasford
Department of Medical Physics, Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences, University of Ghana, Atomic Campus. P.O.Box AE 1. Accra-Ghana

Monitor Unit, Quality Assurance, Algorithm, Treatment Planning, Collapsed Cone.

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Published in : Volume 3 | Issue 3 | March-April 2017
Date of Publication : 2017-04-30
License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Page(s) : 554-560
Manuscript Number : IJSRST1733134
Publisher : Technoscience Academy

Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X

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P. O. Kyeremeh, G. F. Acquah, M. Pokoo-Aikins, T. Dery, F. Hasford, " Development of an Independent Monitor Unit Verification Program for Photon Beams in 3-Dimensional Conformal Treatment Planning System", International Journal of Scientific Research in Science and Technology(IJSRST), Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.554-560 , March-April-2017.
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