Patient-specific in-vivo QA in MRGRT: 3D EPID dosimetry for the Unity MR-linac

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Patient-specific in-vivo QA in MRGRT: 3D EPID dosimetry for the Unity MR-linac

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Patient-specific in-vivo QA in MRGRT: 3D EPID dosimetry for the Unity MR-linac
Author: Torres Xirau, I.
Issue Date: 2020-09-15
Keywords: EPID
Dosimetry
MR-linac
Unity
Radiotherapy
Verification
Quality control
Quality assurance
In-vivo
MRGRT
Abstract: Radiotherapy treatments need adequate quality control (QC) to ensure a correct delivery of the prescribed dose to the target area. One of the most extended safety nets for treatments in conventional radiotherapy machines is in-vivo EPID dosimetry, which uses the dose acquired by an Electronic Portal Imaging Device (EPID) during treatment to accurately reconstruct the dose as it was delivered to the patient.We developed a method to validate radiotherapy treatments delivered on a novel system: the Unity MR-Linac. This machine, which combines a radiation source (linac) and an imaging device (MRI), will help to irradiate tumors more accurately by means of a new range of techniques only available thanks to the image guidance of the MRI during irradiation. The verification of such treatments can be performed by using images of the delivered beam captured by an EPID situated opposite to the radiation source, behind the cryostat of the MRI scanner. This project focuses on the adaptation of an already existing algorithm used with conventional linacs to the new physics and design characteristics of the Unity MR-linac. The main challenge for this adaptation is the presence of the MRI scanner between the patient and the EPID, acting as a secondary source of scatter and as an attenuation medium for the beam.
Promotor: Supervisor: Heide U.A. van der Co-Supervisor: Mans A.
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC)
University: Leiden University
Uri: urn:isbn:9789464161298
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/136754
 

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