Fifty-eighth annual meeting of the american association of physicists in medicine
SU-F-P-56: On a New Approach to Reconstruct the Patient Dose From Phantom Measurements
The development of complex radiation treatment schemes emphasizes the need for advanced QA analysis methods to ensure patient safety. One such tool is the Delta4 DVH Anatomy software, where the patient dose is reconstructed from phantom measurements. Deviations in the measured dose are transferred to the patient anatomy and their clinical impact is evaluated in situ. Results from the original algorithm revealed weaknesses that may introduce artefacts in the reconstructed dose. These can lead to false negatives or obscure the effects of minor dose deviations from delivery failures. Here, we will present results from a new patient dose reconstruction algorithm.
The main steps of the new algorithm are: (1) the dose delivered to a phantom is measured in a number of detector positions. (2) The measured dose is compared to an internally calculated dose distribution evaluated in said positions. The so-obtained dose difference is (3) used to calculate an energy fluence difference. This entity is (4) used as input to a patient dose correction calculation routine. Finally, the patient dose is reconstructed by adding said patient dose correction to the planned patient dose. The internal dose calculation in step (2) and (4) is based on the Pencil Beam algorithm.
The new patient dose reconstruction algorithm have been tested on a number of patients and the standard metrics dose deviation (DDev), distance-to-agreement (DTA) and Gamma index are improved when compared to the original algorithm. In a certain case the Gamma index (3%/3mm) increases from 72.9% to 96.6%.
The patient dose reconstruction algorithm is improved. This leads to a reduction in non-physical artefacts in the reconstructed patient dose. As a consequence, the possibility to detect deviations in the dose that is delivered to the patient is improved. An increase in Gamma index for the PTV can be seen.
The corresponding author is an employee of ScandiDos