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De la Vega J.M.,University of Granada | Ruiz-Arrebola S.,Clinica Santa Maria | Tornero-Lopez A.M.,University of Granada | Vilches M.,Imoma Institute Medicina Oncologica Y Molecular Of Asturias | And 3 more authors.
Physica Medica | Year: 2014

The relation between the data recorded with any device for the daily checking of the behavior of a clinical linac and the reference magnitudes to be monitored may be unknown. An experimental method relating the energy stability of the electron beam measured with StarTrack® to the R50 beam quality index is proposed. The bending magnet current is varied producing a change in the exit energy window and, therefore, a modification of the R50 value. For different values of this current, the output data of StarTrack® and the R50, obtained from depth doses measured in a water phantom are determined. A linear fit between both sets of data allows the identification of the StarTrack® output that provides the best way to obtain the quality index R50, for each beam nominal energy. Using these fits, an historical datum series is used to analyze the method proposed in the daily quality control.The ouput data of the StarTrack® and the R50 values show a good linear correlation. It is possible to establish a methodology that allows the monitoring of R50 by direct use of the daily quality control data measured with StarTrack®.A method to monitor R50 in the daily quality control using the StarTrack® device has been developed. The method may be applied to similar devices in which the statistical control variable does not show a linear behavior with R50. © 2014 Associazione Italiana di Fisica Medica.

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