Three-dimensional dosimetry of TomoTherapy by MRI-based polymer gel technique

Yoichi Watanabe, N. Gopishankar

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Verification of the dose calculation model and the software used for treatment planning is an important step for accurate radiation delivery in radiation therapy. Using BANG3 polymer gel dosimeter with a 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, we examined the accuracy of TomoTherapy treatment planning and radiation delivery. We evaluated one prostate treatment case and found the calculated three-dimensional (3D) dose distributions agree with the measured 3D dose distributions with an exception in the regions where the dose was much smaller (25% or less) than the maximum dose (2.5 Gy). The analysis using the gamma-index (3% dose difference and 3 mm distance-to-agreement) for a volume of 12 cm × 11 cm × 9 cm containing the planning target volume showed that the gamma values were smaller than unity for 53% of the voxels. Our measurement protocol and analysis tools can be easily applied to the evaluation of other newer complex radiation delivery techniques, such as intensity-modulated arc therapy, with a reasonably low financial investment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-27
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011


  • 3D dose measurement
  • Helical TomoTherapy
  • IMRT
  • Polymer gel


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