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Dosimetric characterization of GafChromic EBT film and its implication on film dosimetry quality assurance

AutorFuss, Martina ; Sturtewagen, E.; Wagter, C. de; Georg, D.
Fecha de publicación2007
EditorInstitute of Physics Publishing
CitaciónPhysics in Medicine and Biology 52: 4211-4225 (2007)
ResumenThe suitability of radiochromic EBT film was studied for high-precision clinical quality assurance (QA) by identifying the dose response for a wide range of irradiation parameters typically modified in highly-conformal treatment techniques. In addition, uncertainties associated with varying irradiation conditions were determined. EBT can be used for dose assessment of absorbed dose levels as well as relative dosimetry when compared to absolute absorbed dose calibrated using ionization chamber results. For comparison, a silver halide film (Kodak EDR-2) representing the current standard in film dosimetry was included. As an initial step a measurement protocol yielding accurate and precise results was established for a flatbed transparency scanner (Epson Expression 1680 Pro) that was utilized as a film reading instrument. The light transmission measured by the scanner was found to depend on the position of the film on the scanner plate. For three film pieces irradiated with doses of 0 Gy, ∼1 Gy and ∼7 Gy, the pixel values measured in portrait or landscape mode differed by 4.7%, 6.2% and 10.0%, respectively. A study of 200 film pieces revealed an excellent sheet-to-sheet uniformity. On a long time scale, the optical development of irradiated EBT film consisted of a slow but steady increase of absorbance which was not observed to cease during 4 months. Sensitometric curves of EBT films obtained under reference conditions (SSD = 95 cm, FS = 5 × 5 cm2, d = 5 cm) for 6, 10 and 25 MV photon beams did not show any energy dependence. The average separation between all curves was only 0.7%. The variation of the depth d (range 2-25 cm) in the phantom did not affect the dose response of EBT film. Also the influence of the radiation field size (range 3 × 3-40 × 40 cm2) on the sensitometric curve was not significant. For EDR-2 films maximum differences between the calibration curves reached 7-8% for X6MV and X25MV. Radiochromic EBT film, in combination with a flatbed scanner, presents a versatile system for high-precision dosimetry in two dimensions, provided that the intrinsic behaviour of the film reading device is taken into account. EBT film itself presents substantial improvements on formerly available models of radiographic and a radiochromic film and its dosimetric characteristics allow us to measure absorbed dose levels in a large variety of situations with a single calibration curve. © 2007 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Identificadoresdoi: 10.1088/0031-9155/52/14/013
issn: 0031-9155
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