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Volume 6, Number 1, 2001

Physical and clinical dosimetry by means of Monte Carlo using a process distribution tool

Sanchez-Doblado F, Leal A, Perucha M, Rincon M, Nunez L, Rosello J, Gonzalez A, Carrasco E, Medrano JC, Sanchez-Calzado JA, Errazquin L.


The choice of the most appropriate strategy in a Radiotherapy treatment is mainly based on the use of a planning system. With the introduction of new techniques (conformal and/or small fields, asymmetrical and non coplanar beams, true 3D calculations, IMRT) the trustworthiness of the algorithms is being questioned. An alternative verification procedure is every time more necessary to warranty a treatment delivery. The reliability of Monte Carlo is generally accepted. However, its clinical use has not been operative due to the high CPU times needed. During the last few years our objective has been focussed to reduce this time by means of new process distribution techniques. This drop has made it feasible, not only the physical dosimetry under special conditions, but also a numerous variety of clinical cases: photon and electron conformal fields, Radiosurgery and IMRT. The carried out procedure is presented. Furthermore, experimental dosimetry data as well as conventional TPS calculations are compared with Monte Carlo simulations.

Signature: Rep Pract Oncol Radiother, 2001; 6(1) : 57-57

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