SU-F-T-77: A Novel Test for Coincidence Between Light Fields and Electron Radiation Fields

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Abstract

Purpose:

To validate a novel real time quality assurance device, as a means to test coincidence of light fields to electron radiation fields. Method and Materials: Use a Raven™ (LAP of America Laser Applications) detector, both light fields and electron radiation fields of various electron cones and cutouts from two Clinacs (Varian Medical) were sensed by the phosphor screen and registered by a CCD camera of the device. During measurements, the screen surface of Raven was placed at ISO center level facing the radiation field at any setup angle. Subsequently the light field and the electron radiation field (with 100 MU) were captured separately by the device. The measurements were then analyzed using the Raven software with a maximal 25 by 25 cm^2 field size and 0.25 mm resolution. The results were further compared against those using chromic graphic film (EBT3). To ensure consistence only the dimensions through the central axis were recorded. All the films were analyzed with Dose Lab Pro™ v6.70. Coincidence comparisons were done within the tests on one Clinac and between the two Clinacs.

Results:

The similar difference means of the field coincidence are indicated from the 18 samples by EBT films and 34 by the Raven as 1.33 ± 0.87 mm verses 1.06 ± 0.58 mm (p = 0.74). The mean differences of the field coincidence between the two Clinacs, 1.16 ± 0.68 mm (n=16) and 1.16 ± 0.48 mm (n=18) respectively, also suggest no statistical difference (p= 0.40).

Conclusion:

The Raven™ is a comparable quality verification device to the chromic graphic film (EBT3) in checking the coincidence between light and electron radiation fields. In this investigation, the Raven device provided highly reproducible results with real time analysis. Further improvements in its resolution and automatic analyzing capability are warranted.

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