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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 46  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 197-203

Validation of American association of physicists in medicine tg 43 dosimetry data in commercial treatment planning system

Department of Radiation Physics, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Sathiyan Saminathan
Department of Radiation Physics, Dr.M. H. Marigowda Road, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru-560029, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jmp.JMP_20_21

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Aims This study aimed to validate the dosimetric data of low-energy photon-emitting low-dose rate (LE-LDR) brachytherapy seed sources in commercial treatment planning system (TPS). Materials and Methods The LE-LDR seed sources dosimetric data were published in the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Task Group reports TG-43 (1995), TG-43U1 (2004), TG-43U1S1 (2007), and TG-43U1S2. The Bhabha Atomic Research centre (BARC) 125I Ocu-Prosta seed dosimetry data are also available in the literature. The commercially available TPSs are using both two-dimensional (cylindrically symmetric line-source) and one-dimensional (1D) (point source) dose-calculation formalisms. TPS used in this study uses only 1D dose-calculation formalism for permanent implant dosimetry. The point-dose calculation, dose summation, isodose representation, and dose–volume histogram quality assurance tests were performed in this study. The point-source dose-calculation tests were performed for all the available sources in the literature. The others tests were performed for the I-125 BARC Ocu-Prosta seeds. The TPS-calculated doses were validated using manual calculation. Results and Discussion In point-source calculation test, the TPS-calculated point-dose values are within ±2% agreement with manually calculated dose for all the seeds studied. The agreement between the TPS and manually calculated dose is 0.5% for the dose summation test. The isodose line pass through the grid points at an equal distance was verified visually on the computer screen for seed used clinically. In dose–volume histogram test, the TPS-determined volume was compared with the real volume. Conclusion Misinterpretation of the TPS test and/or misunderstanding of the TG-43 dose-calculation formalism may cause large errors. It is very important to validate the TPS using literature provided dosimetric data. The dosimetric data of BARC 125I Ocu-Prosta Seed are validated with other AAPM TG-43-recommended seeds. The dose calculation of Best® NOMOS permanent implant TPS is accurate for all permanent implant seeds studied.

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