SU-E-T-614: Derivation of Equations to Define Inflection Points and Its Analysis in Flattening Filter Free Photon Beams Based On the Principle of Polynomial function




The objective of this work is to present a mechanism for calculating inflection points on profiles at various depths and field sizes and also a significant study on the percentage of doses at the inflection points for various field sizes and depths for 6XFFF and 10XFFF energy profiles.


Graphical representation was done on Percentage of dose versus Inflection points. Also using the polynomial function, the authors formulated equations for calculating spot-on inflection point on the profiles for 6X FFF and 10X FFF energies for all field sizes and at various depths.


In a flattening filter free radiation beam which is not like in Flattened beams, the dose at inflection point of the profile decreases as field size increases for 10XFFF. Whereas in 6XFFF, the dose at the inflection point initially increases up to 10×10cm2 and then decreases. The polynomial function was fitted for both FFF beams for all field sizes and depths. For small fields less than 5×5 cm2 the inflection point and FWHM are almost same and hence analysis can be done just like in FF beams. A change in 10% of dose can change the field width by 1mm.


The present study, Derivative of equations based on the polynomial equation to define inflection point concept is precise and accurate way to derive the inflection point dose on any FFF beam profile at any depth with less than 1% accuracy. Corrections can be done in future studies based on the multiple number of machine data. Also a brief study was done to evaluate the inflection point positions with respect to dose in FFF energies for various field sizes and depths for 6XFFF and 10XFFF energy profiles.