SU-F-T-190: Homogeneity Study of Proton and Heavy Ion Scanning Beams Based On Different Compositions of Spot Sizes (FWHM) and Grid Sizes




Different particle scanning beam delivery systems have different delivery accuracies. This study was performed to determine, for our particle treatment system, an appropriate composition (n=FWHM/GS) of spot size(FWHM) and grid size (GS), which can provide homogenous delivered dose distributions for both proton and heavy ion scanning beam radiotherapy.


We analyzed the delivery errors of our beam delivery system using log files from the treatment of 28 patients. We used a homemade program to simulate square fields for different n values with and without considering the delivery errors and analyzed the homogeneity. All spots were located on a rectilinear grid with equal spacing in the × and y directions. After that, we selected 7 energy levels for both proton and carbon ions. For each energy level, we made 6 square field plans with different n values (1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5). Then we delivered those plans and used films to measure the homogeneity of each field.


For program simulation without delivery errors, when n≥1.1 the homogeneity can be within ±3%. For both proton and carbon program simulations with delivery errors and film measurements, the homogeneity can be within ±3% when n≥2.5.


For our facility with system errors, the n≥2.5 is appropriate for maintaining homogeneity within ±3%.