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Dose-area product ratio in external small-beam radiotherapy: beam shape, size and energy dependencies in clinical photon beams




List of Authors: Niemelä Jarkko, Partanen Mari, Ojala Jarkko, Kapanen Mika, Keyriläinen Jani

Publisher: IOP PUBLISHING LTD

Publication year: 2021

Journal: Biomedical Physics and Engineering Express

Journal name in source: BIOMEDICAL PHYSICS & ENGINEERING EXPRESS

Journal acronym: BIOMED PHYS ENG EXPR

Volume number: 7

Issue number: 3

Number of pages: 9

ISSN: 2057-1976

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/2057-1976/abf6aa

Self-archived copy’s web address: https://research.utu.fi/converis/portal/detail/Publication/58622054


Abstract
In small-field radiotherapy (RT), a significant challenge is to define the amount of radiation dose absorbed in the patient where the quality of the beam has to be measured with high accuracy. The properties of a proposed new beam quality specifier, namely the dose-area-product ratio at 20 and 10 cm depths in water or DAPR(20,10), were studied to yield more information on its feasibility over the conventional quality specifier tissue-phantom ratio or TPR20,10. The DAPR(20,10) may be measured with a large-area ionization chamber (LAC) instead of small volume chambers or semi-conductors where detector, beam and water phantom positioning and beam perturbations introduce uncertainties. The effects of beam shape, size and energy on the DAPR(20,10) were studied and it was shown that the DAPR(20,10) increases with increasing beam energy similarly to TPR20,10 but in contrast exhibits a small beam size and shape dependence. The beam profile outside the beam limiting devices has been shown to have a large contribution to the DAPR(20,10). There is potential in large area chambers to be used in DAPR measurement and its use in dosimetry of small-beam RT for beam quality measurements.


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