Gantry angle determination during arc IMRT: Evaluation of a simple EPID-based technique and two commercial inclinometers

Pejman Rowshanfarzad, M. Sabet, D.J. O'Connor, P.M. Mccowan, B.M.C. Mccurdy, P.B. Greer

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    The increasing popularity of intensity-modulated arc therapy (IMAT) treatments requires specifically designed linac quality assurance (QA) programs. Gantry angle is one of the parameters that has a major effect on the outcome of IMAT treatments since dose reconstruction for patient-specific QA relies on the gantry angle; therefore, it is essential to ensure its accuracy for correct delivery of the prescribed dose. In this study, a simple measurement method and algorithm are presented for QA of gantry angle measurements based on integrated EPID images acquired at distinct gantry angles and cine EPID images during an entire 360° arc. A comprehensive study was carried out to evaluate this method, as well as to evaluate two commercially available inclinometers (NG360 and IBA GAS supplied in conjunction with popular array dosimeters Delta4 and MatriXXEvolution, respectively) by comparing their simultaneous angle measurement results with the linac potentiometer readouts at five gantry speeds. In all tested measurement systems, the average differences with the reference angle data were less than 0.3° in static mode. In arc mode, at all tested gantry speeds the average difference was less than 0.1° for the IBA GAS and the proposed EPID-based method, and 0.6° for the NG360 after correction for the inherent systematic time delay of the inclinometer. The gantry rotation speed measured by the three independent systems had an average deviation of about 0.01°/s from the nominal gantry speed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)203-214
    JournalJournal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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