SU-G-BRC-05: Conundrum for VMAT Cranial Multiple Lesions Treated with HD120 MLC




To commission a custom 6MV-SRS-AAA Eclipse beam model for VMAT multiple lesions cranial SRS treatment on a Varian TrueBeam STx.


Six clinical plans were created using a customized beam model with dosimetric-leaf-gap(DLG) optimized for clinical treatments. Each plan had 4–6 non-isocentric targets with size from 0.2 to 7.1cc. All fields were measured with EBT3 film in the coronal plane in a solid water phantom and with an AS1000 EPID using gantry rotation. In addition, an end-to-end test was performed with coronal and sagittal films in an anthropomorphic phantom verifying dosimetry and localization accuracy. Portal dose distributions were generated with a custom portal dosimetry algorithm(PDIP). Measured dose distributions were compared with calculations using average dose difference (DD), and gamma function, γ. Using a 1.25mm grid, the γ criteria, local DD ≤ 3% and 2mm distance-to-agreement, were applied in regions with dose 50% of maximum.


The respective DD and γ for all films were <±2% and >94.2%. The portal dose γ scores for all the plans were >94.9%. However, local regions with underdose >10%, were observed when targets were treated with the 5mm leaves. The same plans re-optimized with two isocenters such that all lesions were under the 2.5mm leaves did not show this effect. The DD and localization error of the end-to-end test were within 3.4% and 1.0mm respectively.


The custom AAA beam model is capable of calculating acceptable dosimetry for targets using only the 2.5 mm leaves. This restricts lesions to within ±4cm of isocenter. The observed underdose beneath the 5mm leaves is attributed to a limitation in Eclipse that uses a single DLG representing the DLG's of both 2.5mm and 5mm leaves. If lesions are >4cm from isocenter, a multiple isocenter technique should be considered to allow the use of only the 2.5mm leaves.