SU-F-T-488: Comparison of the TG-51 and TG-51 Addendum Calibration Protocols

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Abstract

Purpose:

To quantify differences between the TG51 and TG51 addendum calibration protocols.

Methods:

Beam energies of 6X, 6XSRS, 10X, 15X, 23X, 6XFFF, and 10XFFF were calibrated following both the TG51 and TG51 addendum protocols using both a Farmer and a scanning ionization chamber with traceable absorbed dose-to-water calibrations. For the TG51 addendum procedure, the collimating jaws were positioned to define a 10×10cm2 radiation field, a lead foil was only used for kQ measurements of FFF energies, and a volume-averaging correction was applied based on crossline and inline dose profiles. For the TG51 procedure, the collimating jaws were set to 10×10cm2 according to the digital readout, and a lead foil was used for kQ measurements of energies greater than 10MV.

Results:

For beam energies with a flattening filter, absorbed dose-to-water determined by the two protocols differed by 0.1%–0.3%. For FFF beam energies, differences between the protocols were up to 0.2% and 0.8% for the scanning and Farmer ionization chambers, respectively. Differences between the protocols were due to kQ determination, volume-averaging correction, and measurement of raw ionization. Differences in kQ values between the two protocols were up to 0.4% and 0.2% for the scanning and Farmer ionization chambers, respectively. Volume-averaging corrections were less than 0.1% for the scanning ionization chamber, and up to 0.4% and 0.6% for the Farmer ionization chamber in beams with a flattening filter and FFF beams, respectively. Raw ionization measurements differed up to 0.3%±0.07% due to differences in jaw settings.

Conclusion:

The TG51 and TG51 addendum calibration protocols differed less than 0.3% for the scanning ionization chamber. For the Farmer chamber in FFF energies, volume-averaging corrections of up to 0.6% contributed to calibration differences of up to 0.8%. Failure to verify the radiation field size can produce calibration differences of up to 0.3%.

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