Fifty-sixth annual meeting of the American association of physicists in medicine
TH-C-19A-04: Commissioning and Validation of EBT3 Gafchromic Films for Measurements of Dose Profiles and Integrals of Dose in Small Fields
The use of a primary dosimeter larger than the radiation field gives access to the integral of dose over a specified surface normal to the beam. If a relative dose profile of the beam is well known, it is then possible to calculate the distribution of the absorbed dose at any point on the considered surface. This study aims at validating the use of EBT3 gafchromic films for the measurement of 2D dose distribution and integrals of dose in small fields for such use.
New EBT3 films have been fully characterized: the response versus energy, dose-rate and dose has been investigated. Profiles measured in circular field with a diameter of 20 mm have been compared to the ones measured with a diamond detector developed at CEA/LIST/LCD. The ratio of dose area products measured with EBT3 on a 6 mm and 30 mm diameter surface has been compared to the ratio measured with primary dosimeters (calorimeters) and calculated with Monte Carlo simulations.
There was no significant difference between the dose-calibration curves in a 6 MV and a 60Co beam. Deviation was within uncertainty bars when the dose rate inside a pulse was divided by a factor of 80 in the 6 MV photon beam. Profiles in small fields are in good agreement with the diamond profiles. Dose area product ratios obtained with EBT3, calorimeters and simulations are within 1%.
EBT3 films are good candidates for the measurement of relative dose distribution in small fields as long as the average of several films is considered. They can be used in association with primary measurements to determinate dosimetric references in small fields and to transfer them to the end user.