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J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2012 Sep 6;13(5):3960. doi: 10.1120/jacmp.v13i5.3960.

Monte Carlo modeling of a Novalis Tx Varian 6 MV with HD-120 multileaf collimator.

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  • 1Cancer Therapy and Research Center, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX 78229-4427, USA.


A Monte Carlo model of the Novalis Tx linear accelerator equipped with high-definition multileaf collimator (HD-120 HD-MLC) was commissioned using ionization chamber measurements in water. All measurements in water were performed using a liquid filled ionization chamber. Film measurements were made using EDR2 film in solid water. Open rectangular fields defined by the jaws or the HD-MLC were used for comparison against measurements. Furthermore, inter- and intraleaf leakage calculated by the Monte Carlo model was compared against film measurements. The statistical uncertainty of the Monte Carlo calculations was less than 1% for all simulations. Results for all regular field sizes show an excellent agreement with commissioning data (percent depth-dose curves and profiles), well within 1% of difference in the relative dose and 1 mm distance to agreement. The computed leakage through HD-MLCs shows good agreement with film measurements. The Monte Carlo model developed in this study accurately represents the new Novalis Tx Varian linac with HD-MLC and can be used for reliable patient dose calculations.

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