Investigation of secondary mixed radiation field around a medical linear accelerator
Piotr Tulik , Monika Tulik , Maciej Grzegorz Maciak , Natalia Golnik , Damian Kabat , Tomasz Byrski , Jan Lesiak
AbstractThe aim of this study is to investigate secondary mixed radiation field around linac, as the first part of an overall assessment of out-of-field contribution of neutron dose for new advanced radiation dose delivery techniques. All measurements were performed around Varian Clinic 2300 C/D accelerator at Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial, Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology, Krakow Branch. Recombination chambers REM-2 and GW2 were used for recombination index of radiation quality Q4 determination (as an estimate of quality factor Q), measurement of total tissue dose Dt and calculation of gamma and neutron components to Dt. Estimation of Dt and Q4 allowed for the ambient dose equivalent H*(10) per monitor unit (MU) calculations. Measurements around linac were performed on the height of the middle of the linac’s head (three positions) and on the height of the linac’s isocentre (five positions). Estimation of secondary radiation level was carried out for seven different configurations of upper and lower jaws position and multileaf collimator set open or closed in each position. Study includes the use of two photon beam modes: 6 and 18 MV. Spatial distribution of ambient dose equivalent H*(10) per MU on the height of the linac’s head and on the standard couch height for patients during the routine treatment, as well as relative contribution of gamma and neutron secondary radiation inside treatment room were evaluated.
|Corporate author||IMiIB MCHTR PW, Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial, Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology, Krakow|
|Journal series||Radiation Protection Dosimetry, ISSN 0144-8420, (A 15 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.5|
|Keywords in Polish||medyczny akcelerator liniowy, ochrona radiologiczna, promieniowanie wtórne, rekombinacyjne komory jonizacyjne|
|Keywords in English||medical linear accelerator, radiation protection, secondary mixed radiation field, recombination chambers|
|Score|| = 15.0, 09-10-2017, ArticleFromJournal|
= 20.0, 09-10-2017, ArticleFromJournal
|Publication indicators||: 2016 = 0.917 (2) - 2016=0.936 (5)|
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