Fifty-eighth annual meeting of the american association of physicists in medicine
SU-F-T-176: Therapeutic Proton Beam Range Measurement Method with EBT3 Film
Ocular proton therapy has the following advantages: i) sparing optic nerve, ii) the minimal dose is delivered to surrounding normal tissues. Since the proton therapy center was opened in 2007, 30 patients with ocular tumor have been treated at National Cancer Center using single scattering technique. To develop a solid eye phantom which can verify the output and the beam range with EBT3 film for independent patient QA in ocular proton therapy.
The proton therapy is very effective to treat ocular tumor, because of the Bragg peak feature. In general, the beam shape of eye treatment is about 3 cm in diameter and the beam range is under 5 cm. However, proton therapy has uncertainty of beam range problem due to various stopping power of normal tissue, bone, air and so on, so that we should verify the beam range before treatment. For this purpose, a new PMMA phantom with wedge has been developed to use the film dosimetry and the ionization chamber. It is able to place a film on the slope of the phantom, which the spread out Bragg Peak by the water equivalent thickness value of PMMA can be made on the film. We considered to relation with quenching effect of proton energy and range for simple second check. In addition, the ionization chamber (Pin-point chamber, PTW 31014) can be inserted into a hole in the phantom to measure the absolute dose.
The output difference and beam range difference were less than 2% and 1.0 mm, respectively, between the measurement and the plan.
An eye phantom was developed and its performance was evaluated successfully and it was useful to verify the output. Also with EBT3 film with the quenching effect for measurement depth-dose profile, range to patient QA