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Title: A novel quality assurance procedure for trajectory log validation using phantom-less real-time latency corrected EPID images
Authors: Zwan, Benjamin ;Lim, S.B.;Lee, D.;Greer, P.B.;Lovelock, D.M.
Affliation: Central Coast Local Health District
Gosford Hospital
The University of Newcastle
Issue Date: Feb-2021
Source: 22(3):176-185
Journal title: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Department: Medical Physics
Abstract: The use of trajectory log files for routine patient quality assurance is gaining acceptance. Such use requires the validation of the trajectory log itself. However, the accurate localization of a multileaf collimator (MLC) leaf while it is in motion remains a challenging task. We propose an efficient phantom-less technique using the EPID to verify the dynamic MLC positions with high accuracy. Measurements were made on four Varian TrueBeams equipped with M120 MLCs. Two machines were equipped with the S1000 EPID; two were equipped with the S1200 EPID. All EPIDs were geometrically corrected prior to measurements. Dosimetry mode EPID measurements were captured by a frame grabber card directly linked to the linac. All leaf position measurements were corrected both temporally and geometrically. The readout latency of each panel, as a function of pixel row, was determined using a 40 × 1.0 cm(2) sliding window (SW) field moving at 2.5 cm/s orthogonal to the row readout direction. The latency of each panel type was determined by averaging the results of two panels of the same type. Geometric correction was achieved by computing leaf positions with respect to the projected isocenter position as a function of gantry angle. This was determined by averaging the central axis position of fields at two collimator positions of 90° and 270°. The radiological to physical leaf end position was determined by comparison of the measured gap with that determined using a feeler gauge. The radiological to physical leaf position difference was found to be 0.1 mm. With geometric and latency correction, the proposed method was found to be improve the ability to detect dynamic MLC positions from 1.0 to 0.2 mm for all leaves. Latency and panel residual geometric error correction improve EPID-based MLC position measurement. These improvements provide for the first time a trajectory log QA procedure.
DOI: 10.1002/acm2.13202
ISSN: 1526-9914
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Keywords: Radiotherapy
Appears in Collections:Oncology / Cancer

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