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EQUIVALENT DOSE FROM SECONDARY NEUTRONS AND SCATTER PHOTONS IN ADVANCE RADIATION THERAPY TECHNIQUES WITH 15 MV PHOTON BEAMS

  • Ayuthaya, Isra Israngkul Na (Department of Nuclear Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University and Division of Radiology, Faculty of Radiation Oncology, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital) ;
  • Suriyapee, Sivalee (Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University) ;
  • Pengvanich, Phongpheath (Department of Nuclear Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University)
  • Received : 2015.06.18
  • Accepted : 2015.09.08
  • Published : 2015.09.30

Abstract

The scatter photons and photoneutrons from high energy photon beams (more than 10 MV) will increase the undesired dose to the patient and the staff working in linear accelerator room. This undesired dose which is found at out-of-field area can increase the probability of secondary malignancy. The purpose of this study is to determine the equivalent dose of scatter photons and neutrons generated by 3 different treatment techniques: 3D-conformal, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT). The measurement was performed using two types of the optically stimulation luminescence detectors (OSL and OSLN) in the Alderson Rando phantom that was irradiated by 3 different treatment techniques following the actual prostate cancer treatment plans. The scatter photon and neutron equivalent dose were compared among the 3 treatments techniques at the surface in the out-of-field area and the critical organs. Maximum equivalent dose of scatter photons and neutrons was found when using the IMRT technique. The scatter neutrons showed average equivalent doses of 0.26, 0.63 and $0.31mSv{\cdot}Gy^{-1}$ at abdominal surface region which was 20 cm from isocenter for 3D, IMRT and VMAT, respectively. The scattered photons equivalent doses were 6.94, 10.17 and $6.56mSv{\cdot}Gy^{-1}$ for 3D, IMRT and VMAT, respectively. For the 5 organ dose measurements, the scattered neutron and photon equivalent doses in out of field from the IMRT plan were highest. The result revealed that the scatter equivalent doses for neutron and photon were higher for IMRT. So the suitable treatment techniques should be selected to benefit the patient and the treatment room staff.

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