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Cardiovasc Radiat Med. 2002 Jul-Dec;3(3-4):199-204.

Measured TG-60 dosimetric parameters of the Novoste Beta-Cath 90Sr/Y source trains for intravascular brachytherapy.

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Department of Therapeutic Radiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06510, USA.


Measurements were performed on the 30, 40 and 60-mm 90Sr/Y beta-emitter source trains used in the Novoste Beta-Cath system to determine the dosimetric characteristics of the sources at millimeter distances and provide the necessary TG-60 dosimetry parameters for mapping the dose distributions. These measurements were carried out in a Solid Water phantom where MD-55-2 Gafchromic films were placed in direct contact with a 5 French (F) catheter used for the 30 and 60-mm source trains and a 3.5 F catheter used for a thinner 40-mm source train. The dosimetric analysis was performed according to the AAPM TG-60 formalism. For the 30-mm source train, data were collected with the source axis at distances of 0.41 and 1.19 mm from the film surface, respectively, in order to investigate possible dosimetric effects due to the intrinsic off centering of the source train lumen within the 5 F catheter. Absolute dose rates at 2 mm were determined by calibrating the radiochromic film in a high energy electron beam from a radiotherapy accelerator. The dose rates at a radial distance of 2 mm were found to be within 10% of the values provided by Novoste. Radial dose functions from this study were in good agreement (< or = 10%) with a 30-mm, 90Sr/Y source train dose data generated from C. G. Soares et al. 90Sr/Y single seed data. However, larger differences were observed at distances shorter than 1 mm when compared to radial dose functions from the Novoste Monte Carlo data.

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