Marvin: an anatomical phantom for dosimetric evaluation of complex radiotherapy of the head and neck.
AffiliationChristie Medical Physics and Engineering, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK. Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC), Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
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AbstractWe report on the design of Marvin, a Model Anatomy for Radiotherapy Verification and audit In the head and Neck and present results demonstrating its use in the development of the Elekta volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) technique at the Christie, and in the audit of TomoTherapy and Varian RapidArc at other institutions. The geometry of Marvin was generated from CT datasets of eight male and female patients lying in the treatment position, with removable inhomogeneities modelling the sinuses and mandible. A modular system allows the phantom to be used with a range of detectors, with the locations of the modules being based on an analysis of a range of typical treatment plans (27 in total) which were mapped onto the phantom geometry. Results demonstrate the use of Gafchromic EBT2/EBT3 film for measurement of relative dose in a plane through the target and organs-at-risk, and the use of a small-volume ionization chamber for measurement of absolute dose in the target and spinal cord. Measurements made during the development of the head and neck VMAT protocol at the Christie quantified the improvement in plan delivery resulting from the installation of the Elekta Integrity upgrade (which permits an effectively continuously variable dose rate), with plans delivered before and after the upgrade having 88.5 ± 9.4% and 98.0 ± 2.2% respectively of points passing a gamma analysis (at 4%, 4 mm, global). Audits of TomoTherapy and Varian RapidArc neck techniques at other institutions showed a similar quality of plan delivery as for post-Integrity Elekta VMAT: film measurements for both techniques had >99% of points passing a gamma analysis at the clinical criteria of 4%, 4 mm, global, and >95% of points passing at tighter criteria of 3%, 3 mm, global; and absolute dose measurements in the PTV and spinal cord were within 1.5% and 3.5% of the planned doses respectively for both techniques. The results demonstrate that Marvin is an efficient and effective means of assessing the quality of delivery of complex radiotherapy in the head and neck, and is a useful tool to assist development and audit of these techniques.
CitationMarvin: an anatomical phantom for dosimetric evaluation of complex radiotherapy of the head and neck. 2013, 58 (19):6915-29 Phys Med Biol
JournalPhysics in Medicine and Biology
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