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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 137-143

Comparative dosimetry of GammaMed Plus high-dose rate 192 Ir brachytherapy source


1 Department of Physics, Govt. College of Science, Raipur; Department of Medical Physics, A. H. Regional Cancer Center, Cuttack, India
2 Department of Physics, Govt. College of Science, Raipur, India
3 Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar, India

Correspondence Address:
N P Patel
Department of Radiotherapy, Pt. B. D. Sharma PGIMS, Rohtak - 124001
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0971-6203.66761

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The comparative dosimetry of GammaMed (GM) Plus high-dose rate brachytherapy source was performed by an experiment using 0.1-cc thimble ionization chamber and simulation-based study using EGSnrc code. In-water dose measurements were performed with 0.1-cc chamber to derive the radial dose function (r = 0.8 to 20.0 cm) and anisotropy function (r = 5.0 cm with polar angle from 10° to 170°). The nonuniformity correction factor for 0.1-cc chamber was applied for in-water measurements at shorter distances from the source. The EGSnrc code was used to derive the dose rate constant (L), radial dose function g L (r) and anisotropy function F(r, q) of GM Plus source. The dosimetric data derived using EGSnrc code in our study were in very good agreement relative to published data for GM Plus source. The radial dose function up to 12 cm derived from measured dose using 0.1-cc chamber was in agreement within ±3% of data derived by the simulation study.


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