Purpose: This study aims to investigate the dosimetric performance of a liquid-filled ionization chamber array in high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy dosimetry. A comparative study was carried out with air-filled ionization chamber array and EBT3 Gafchromic films to demonstrate its suitability in brachytherapy.
Material and methods: The PTW OCTAVIUS detector 1000 SRS (IA 2.5-5 mm) is a liquid-filled ionization chamber array of area 11 x 11 cm2 and chamber spacing of 2.5-5 mm, whereas the PTW OCTAVIUS detector 729 (IA 10 mm) is an air vented ionization chamber array of area 27 x 27 cm2 and chamber spacing of 10 mm. EBT3 films were exposed to doses up to a maximum of 6 Gy and evaluated using multi-channel analysis. The detectors were evaluated using test plans to mimic a HDR intracavitary gynecological treatment. The plan was calculated and delivered with the applicator plane placed 20 mm from the detector plane. The acquired measurements were compared to the treatment plan. In addition to point dose measurement, profile/isodose, gamma analysis, and uncertainty analysis were performed. Detector sensitivity was evaluated by introducing simulated errors to the test plans.
Results: The mean point dose differences between measured and calculated plans were 0.2% ± 1.6%, 1.8% ± 1.0%, and 1.5% ± 0.81% for film, IA 10 mm, and IA 2.5-5 mm, respectively. The average percentage of passed gamma (global/local) values using 3%/3 mm criteria was above 99.8% for all three detectors on the original plan. For IA 2.5-5 mm, local gamma criteria of 2%/1 mm with a passing rate of at least 95% was found to be sensitive when simulated positional errors of 1 mm was introduced.
Conclusion: The dosimetric properties of IA 2.5-5 mm showed the applicability of liquid-filled ionization chamber array as a potential QA device for HDR brachytherapy treatment planning systems.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Apr 2018|