Investigating end-to-end accuracy of image guided radiation treatment delivery using a micro-irradiator

L. J. Rankine, J. Newton, S. T. Bache, S. K. Das, J. Adamovics, D. G. Kirsch, M. Oldham

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There is significant interest in delivering precisely targeted small-volume radiation treatments, in the pre-clinical setting, to study dose-volume relationships with tumour control and normal tissue damage. For these studies it is vital that image guidance systems and target positioning are accurately aligned (IGRT), in order to deliver dose precisely and accurately according to the treatment plan. In this work we investigate the IGRT targeting accuracy of the X-RAD 225 Cx system from Precision X-Ray using high-resolution 3D dosimetry techniques. Small cylindrical PRESAGE® dosimeters were used with optical-CT readout (DMOS) to verify the accuracy of 2.5, 1.0, and 5.0 mm X-RAD cone attachments. The dosimeters were equipped with four target points, visible on both CBCT and optical-CT, at which a 7-field coplanar treatment plan was delivered with the respective cone. Targeting accuracy (distance to agreement between the target point and delivery isocenter) and cone alignment (isocenter precision under gantry rotation) were measured using the optical-CT images. Optical-CT readout of the first 2.5 mm cone dosimeter revealed a significant targeting error of 2.1 ± 0.6 mm and a cone misalignment of 1.3 ± 0.1 mm. After the IGRT hardware and software had been recalibrated, these errors were reduced to 0.5 ± 0.1 and 0.18 ± 0.04 mm respectively, within the manufacturer specified 0.5 mm. Results from the 1.0 mm cone were 0.5 ± 0.3 mm targeting accuracy and 0.4 ± 0.1 mm cone misalignment, within the 0.5 mm specification. The results from the 5.0 mm cone were 1.0 ± 0.2 mm targeting accuracy and 0.18 ± 0.06 mm cone misalignment, outside of accuracy specifications. Quality assurance of small field IGRT targeting and delivery accuracy is a challenging task. The use of a 3D dosimetry technique, where targets are visible on both CBCT and optical-CT, enabled identification and quantification of a targeting error in 3D. After correction, the targeting accuracy of the irradiator was verified to be within 0.5 mm (or 1.0 mm for the 5.0 mm cone) and the cone alignment was verified to be within 0.2 mm (or 0.4 mm for the 1.0 mm cone). The PRESAGE®/DMOS system proved valuable for end-to-end verification of small field IGRT capabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7791-7801
Number of pages11
JournalPhysics in Medicine and Biology
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 7 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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