SU-F-T-456: Tomotherapy MLC Synchronization and Leaf Open Time Measurements Using ArcCheck




To develop a practical method for routine QA of the MLC of a Tomotherapy unit using ArcCheck.


Two standard test plans were used in this study. One was a helical test, in which the central leaves No. 32 and 33 opened simultaneously for 277.8ms at projections centered at 0°, 120° and 240° gantry angles. The other test plan was a static test with the gantry angle set at 0°, 45°, 90° and 135° respectively and leaves No. 32 and 33 opened sequentially for total 20s which was further divided into eleven or ten segments at each beam angle. The ArcCheck was isocentrically set up and adjusted for couch sag. Movie files which took a snapshot exposure every 50ms were recorded. The start/stop time of leaf open was decided by the ramp-up/ramp-down of the detectors.


The percentage differences between measured and planned leaf open time were calculated to be within 0.5% in all the tests. In static test, if leaves are synchronized perfectly, the sum of the two detectors’ signals after normalization should equal one when the leaves are in transition. Our results showed mean values of 0.982, 0.983, 0.978 and 0.995 at static gantry angle 0°, 45°, 90° and 135° respectively.


A method for estimating the Tomotherapy binary MLC leaf open time using ArcCheck is proposed and proved to be precise enough to verify the planned leaf open time as small as 277.8ms. This method also makes the observation and quantification of the synchronization of leaves possible.