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Depth dose comparison of measured and calculated dose for the Eclipse virtual carbon couch top models with air gap variation

, : Depth dose comparison of measured and calculated dose for the Eclipse virtual carbon couch top models with air gap variation. Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine 36(4): 457-463

This study assessed the accuracy of Eclipse™ (Varian Medical Systems, Palo Alto, CA, USA) treatment planning system (TPS) dose calculations when using virtual couch top models to account for couch presence in patient treatments. The Flat panel and Unipanel couch tops for the Varian Exact Couch were used in this study. Assigned Hounsfield unit (HU) for the virtual couch tops were varied and TPS calculated dose was compared to measured data to determine an optimal assigned HU. Air gaps of up to 10 cm were introduced between couch and phantom to assess the ability of the models to replicate dose in this situation, commonly seen clinically. Dose was measured at a range of depths, for each air gap thickness, in order to assess the model both near surface and at various depths beyond the dose maximum. Optimal HU was taken to be that which had the best agreement between measured and calculated dose over the range of gaps and depths tested. For the Flat panel couch top this was found to be -500 HU and for the Unipanel couch top, -200 HU. Default HU parameters originally set in the models was found to be not optimal for the whole range of depths studied. With optimal HU parameters set, there was good agreement between calculated and measured dose for depths greater than 0.5 cm, but discrepancies were still observed near surface. When implementing virtual couch top models, users could improve dose calculation accuracy by determining the optimal HU from comparisons over several clinical depths rather than a single depth.


PMID: 24132584

DOI: 10.1007/s13246-013-0224-y

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