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The influence of acquisition mode on the dosimetric performance of an amorphous silicon electronic portal imaging device

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Aims: This study investigates the impact of cine acquisition mode on the dosimetric characteristics of a Varian aS500 amorphous silicon electronic portal imaging device (a-Si EPID). Materials and Methods: The performance of an a-Si EPID operated in cine mode was assessed and compared to its performance when operated in an integrated mode and dose measurements using an ionization chamber. This study was conducted at different photon energies and the EPID performance was assessed as function of the delivered dose, dose rate, multileaf collimator speed, field size, phantom thickness, and intensity-modulated radiation therapy fields. Results: The worst nonlinearity was observed at low monitor unit (MU) settings < 100 MU with the highest dose per frame. The nonlinearity of response at a low MU setting was attributed due to the loss of four cine images during each delivery. The EPID response with changing dose rate for 10 MU delivered had similar results to its performance in an integrated mode and ionization chamber. Despite the nonlinearity of response with low MU delivered, EPID performance operated in cine and integrated acquisition modes had comparable responses within 2%. Conclusions: For EPID dosimetry application using cine mode, this study recommends the calibration of the EPID images to be undertaken at a large MU. There were no additional corrections that were required when the EPID operated in cine acquisition mode as compared to calibration in integrated mode.

UOW Authors


  •   Kron, Tomas (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Bawazeer, O., Herath, S., Sarasanandarajah, S., Kron, T., & Deb, P. (2017). The influence of acquisition mode on the dosimetric performance of an amorphous silicon electronic portal imaging device. Journal of Medical Physics, 42(2), 90-95. doi:10.4103/jmp.JMP_98_16

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85021212794

Start Page


  • 90

End Page


  • 95

Volume


  • 42

Issue


  • 2

Abstract


  • Aims: This study investigates the impact of cine acquisition mode on the dosimetric characteristics of a Varian aS500 amorphous silicon electronic portal imaging device (a-Si EPID). Materials and Methods: The performance of an a-Si EPID operated in cine mode was assessed and compared to its performance when operated in an integrated mode and dose measurements using an ionization chamber. This study was conducted at different photon energies and the EPID performance was assessed as function of the delivered dose, dose rate, multileaf collimator speed, field size, phantom thickness, and intensity-modulated radiation therapy fields. Results: The worst nonlinearity was observed at low monitor unit (MU) settings < 100 MU with the highest dose per frame. The nonlinearity of response at a low MU setting was attributed due to the loss of four cine images during each delivery. The EPID response with changing dose rate for 10 MU delivered had similar results to its performance in an integrated mode and ionization chamber. Despite the nonlinearity of response with low MU delivered, EPID performance operated in cine and integrated acquisition modes had comparable responses within 2%. Conclusions: For EPID dosimetry application using cine mode, this study recommends the calibration of the EPID images to be undertaken at a large MU. There were no additional corrections that were required when the EPID operated in cine acquisition mode as compared to calibration in integrated mode.

UOW Authors


  •   Kron, Tomas (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Bawazeer, O., Herath, S., Sarasanandarajah, S., Kron, T., & Deb, P. (2017). The influence of acquisition mode on the dosimetric performance of an amorphous silicon electronic portal imaging device. Journal of Medical Physics, 42(2), 90-95. doi:10.4103/jmp.JMP_98_16

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85021212794

Start Page


  • 90

End Page


  • 95

Volume


  • 42

Issue


  • 2