Optimized matching of film dosimetry with calculated doses for IMRT quality assurance

Dong Hyun Park, Dongho Shin, Sung Yong Park, Dahl Park, Tae Hyun Kim, Kyung Hwan Shin, Myonggeun Yoon, Dae Yong Kim, Kwan Ho Cho

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We develop a new method with a global optimization for registering films to calculate doses for intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and intensity-modulated radiosurgery (IMRS) quality assurance (QA). Both absolute point dosimetry and two-dimensional (2D) film dosimetry are performed through the IMRT and IMRS using Clinac 21EX's 120 millenium MLC and BrainLab's micro-MLC, respectively. The measured and calculated dose distributions are superimposed by coincidence of their origins, followed by comparison of the point doses at all matched positions. Then, with the optimization algorithm the setup error of the dosimeter is corrected. An example of IMRT cases shows that the average percentage showing 3% of dose difference for 10 patients has been reduced from 19% to 9%, before and after optimization and weight, respectively. Similar results are obtained for IMRS. This method dramatically reduces the difference between measured and calculated dose distributions in all cases investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-57
Number of pages9
JournalPhysica Medica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jun
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This investigation was supported by a research grant from the National Cancer Center, Korea (no. 0410310).

Copyright 2008 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Film dosimetry
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy
  • Optimization algorithm
  • Quality assurance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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