Variation in isocentre location of an Elekta Unity MR-linac through full gantry rotation

James Robert Hunt, Martin Andrew Ebert, Pejman Rowshanfarzad, Hans Lynggaard Riis

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OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to separately quantify the stability of the megavoltage imager (MVI) and radiation head of an Elekta Unity MRL, throughout full gantry rotation.

APPROACH: A ball-bearing (BB) phantom was attached to the radiation head of the Unity, while a single BB was placed at isocentre. Images were acquired during rotation, using the MVI. These images were processed using an in-house developed MATLAB program to reduce the errors resulted by noise, and the positions of the BBs in the images were analysed to extract MVI and radiation head sag data.

MAIN RESULTS: The results returned by this method showed reproducibility, with a mean standard deviation of 7 µm for the position of BBs across all gantry angles. The radiation head was found to sag throughout rotation, with a maximum course of movement of 0.59 mm. The sag pattern was stable over a period greater than a year but showed some dependence on gantry rotation direction.

SIGNIFICANCE: As MRL is a relatively new system, it is promising to have data supporting the high level of precision on one Elekta Unity machine. Isolating and quantifying the sources of uncertainty in radiation delivery may allow more sophisticated analysis of how the system performance may be improved.

Original languageEnglish
Article number015005
JournalPhysics in Medicine and Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2022


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