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

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Abstract

Purpose:

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.

Methods:

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.

Results:

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.

Conclusion:

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

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