Head scatter factor calculation considering characteristics of scattered photon

Hisayuki Miyashita, Shogo Hatanaka, Yukio Fujita, Atsushi Myojyoyama, Hidetoshi Saitoh

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    Abstract

    The head scatter factor Sh is one of the important parameters for MU calculation. It is defined as a ratio of absorbed dose of arbitrary field to that of reference field. The Sh can be determined by using two physical quantities. One is energy fluence of primary photons generated from target and scattered photons from several components of treatment head. Another is backscattered radiation from collimator jaws into monitor chamber. In this study, to determine Sh for intricate field shaped with MLC, primary and scattered photons from several head components were simulated using Monte Carlo method and output variation caused by backscattered radiation into monitor chamber was measured using a miniphantom. In the simulation, geometry and materials of head component were precisely coded on the BEAMnrc, and the particles from the head components and incident into isocenter region were sampled into the phase space files. The emit positions of scattered photons at the base of flattening filter were analyzed by using information of the phase space file and the energy fluence distribution of scattered photons as a function of radius at base of flattening filter was obtained. The Sh was determined by integration of the energy fluence distribution within range defined by the field shape and contribution of backscatter into monitor chamber. The calculated Sh agreed with the measured one within 0.3 %.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWorld Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
    Subtitle of host publicationRadiation Oncology
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    Pages700-703
    Number of pages4
    Edition1
    ISBN (Print)9783642034725
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventWorld Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering: Radiation Oncology - Munich, Germany
    Duration: 2009 Sep 72009 Sep 12

    Publication series

    NameIFMBE Proceedings
    Number1
    Volume25
    ISSN (Print)1680-0737

    Other

    OtherWorld Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering: Radiation Oncology
    CountryGermany
    CityMunich
    Period09/9/709/9/12

    Keywords

    • Backscattered radiation
    • Head scatter factor
    • Monte Carlo method energy fluence
    • Scattered photons

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Bioengineering
    • Biomedical Engineering

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