Poster - 53: Improving inter-linac DMLC IMRT dose precision by fine tuning of MLC leaf calibration

Authors

  • Nakonechny Keith,

    1. Simcoe-Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, CancerCare Manitoba, CancerCare Manitoba, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Royal Victoria Hospital
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  • Tran Muoi,

    1. Simcoe-Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, CancerCare Manitoba, CancerCare Manitoba, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Royal Victoria Hospital
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  • Sasaki David,

    1. Simcoe-Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, CancerCare Manitoba, CancerCare Manitoba, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Royal Victoria Hospital
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  • Beck James,

    1. Simcoe-Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, CancerCare Manitoba, CancerCare Manitoba, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Royal Victoria Hospital
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  • Poirier Yannick,

    1. Simcoe-Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, CancerCare Manitoba, CancerCare Manitoba, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Royal Victoria Hospital
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  • Malkoske Kyle

    1. Simcoe-Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, CancerCare Manitoba, CancerCare Manitoba, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Royal Victoria Hospital
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Abstract

Purpose:

To develop a method to improve the inter-linac precision of DMLC IMRT dosimetry.

Methods:

The distance between opposing MLC leaf banks (“gap size”) can be finely tuned on Varian linacs. The dosimetric effect due to small deviations from the nominal gap size (“gap error”) was studied by introducing known errors for several DMLC sliding gap sizes, and for clinical plans based on the TG119 test cases. The plans were delivered on a single Varian linac and the relationship between gap error and the corresponding change in dose was measured. The plans were also delivered on eight Varian 2100 series linacs (at two institutions) in order to quantify the inter-linac variation in dose before and after fine tuning the MLC calibration.

Results:

The measured dose differences for each field agreed well with the predictions of LoSasso et al. Using the default MLC calibration, the variation in the physical MLC gap size was determined to be less than 0.4 mm between all linacs studied. The dose difference between the linacs with the largest and smallest physical gap was up to 5.4% (spinal cord region of the head and neck TG119 test case). This difference was reduced to 2.5% after fine tuning the MLC gap calibration.

Conclusions:

The inter-linac dose precision for DMLC IMRT on Varian linacs can be improved using a simple modification of the MLC calibration procedure that involves fine adjustment of the nominal gap size.

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