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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 44  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 207-212

Calibration of gafchromic EBT film using the Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL plus flatbed scanner with a modified one red-channel after three-channel method

1 Department of Medical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2 Department of Nursing, Chang Jung Christian University; Department of Radiation Oncology, Chi Mei Medical Center, Tainan, Taiwan
3 Department of Radiation Oncology, Sinlau Christian Hospital, Tainan, Taiwan

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Liyun Chang
Department of Medical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung 82445
Dr. Pang-Yu Chen
Department of Radiation Oncology, Sinlau Christian Hospital, Tainan 70142
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jmp.JMP_45_19

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Purpose: Using the Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL Plus (9800XL+) flatbed scanner, a method is presented to accurately calibrate EBT film, which cannot be calibrated simply using a general three-channel method because of the nonhomogeneous scanning. Materials and Methods: Through the percentage-depth-dose method, 6-MV photon beams with two different monitor units were delivered to eight EBT2 films, each of which was tightly sandwiched in a 30-cm cubic polystyrene phantom and positioned parallel to the central axis of the beam. Before and after irradiation, all films were scanned using the Microtek 9800XL+ scanner and the pixel values (PVs) were measured along the central axis of the beam on the film and fitted to the corresponding depth doses. Before calibration, the irradiated film image was first modified using a template matrix, which was generated using the prescanned background images. Then, a modified one red-channel after three-channel method was used to calibrate the film. Results: Without a template matrix, the three-channel method cannot be used because the PVs do not correspond to a rational fitting form. Using the proposed method, the difference between the fitted dose and the delivered dose is <2%. The green channel, and not the red, is found to have the largest dynamic range. Conclusion: The proposed technique allows the use of the three-channel method to calibrate film using a Microtek 9800XL+ scanner.

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