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Med Dosim. 2010 Winter;35(4):324-9. doi: 10.1016/j.meddos.2009.10.007. Epub 2010 Jan 22.

Evaluation of a 3D diode array dosimeter for helical tomotherapy delivery QA.

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Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL, USA.


The Delta4 biplanar diode array dosimeter was validated for helical tomotherapy delivery QA. The basic detector characteristics were found to be satisfactory in terms of short-term reproducibility (0.1%), linearity (<0.1%), dose rate dependence (0.4%), and absolute calibration accuracy (0.4% in the center of the phantom compared with the independently calibrated diode). Relative calibration of the arrays was verified by comparison with film and by rotating the detector 180°. The dosimeter response to rotational irradiation changed by no more than 0.2% when one of the detector boards was replaced by the homogeneous phantom material. The daily output correction factor can be derived from a Delta4 measurement in a uniform cylindrical field. The γ(3%, 3 mm) passing rate (absolute dose) was above 90% for all 9 evaluated clinical plans, and above 96% for all but one. The mean passing rate was 97 ± 2.7%. The plans varied in modulation factor, pitch, and calculation grid size. For best results, the phantom needs to be aligned carefully, preferably by megavoltage computed tomography imaging.

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