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Candela-Juan C.,Polytechnic University of Valencia | Candela-Juan C.,National Dosimetry Center | Ballester F.,University of Valencia | Perez-Calatayud J.,Polytechnic University of Valencia | Vijande J.,University of Valencia
Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy | Year: 2015

Purpose: To provide a practical solution that can be adopted in clinical routine to fulfill the AAPM-ESTRO recommendations regarding quality assurance of seeds used in prostate permanent brachytherapy. The aim is to design a new insert for the well-ionization chamber SourceCheck4π 33005 (PTW, Germany) that allows evaluating the mean air-kerma strength of up to ten 125I seeds with one single measurement instead of measuring each seed individually. Material and methods: The material required is: a) the SourceCheck4π 33005 well-ionization chamber provided with a PTW insert to measure the air-kerma strength SK of one single seed at a time; b) a newly designed insert that accommodates ten seeds in one column, which allows measuring the mean SK of the ten seeds in one single measurement; and c) a container with ten seeds from the same batch and class of the seeds used for the patient implant, and a set of nine non-radioactive seeds .The new insert is characterized by determining its calibration coefficient, used to convert the reading of the well-chamber when ten seeds are measured to their mean SK. The proposed method is validated by comparing the mean SK of the ten seeds obtained from the new insert with the individual measurement of SK of each seed, evaluated with the PTW insert. Results: The ratio between the calibration coefficient of the new insert and the calibration coefficient of the PTW insert for the SourceCheck4π 33005 is 1.135 ± 0.007 (k = 1). The mean SK of a set of ten seeds evaluated with this new system is in agreement with the mean value obtained from measuring independently the SK of each seed. Conclusions: The new insert and procedure allow evaluating the mean SK of ten seeds prior to the implant in a single measurement. The method is faster and more efficient from radiation protection point of view than measuring the individual SK of each seed. Source

Candela-Juan C.,Polytechnic University of Valencia | Candela-Juan C.,National Dosimetry Center | Niatsetski Y.,Elekta Brachytherapy | Van Der Laarse R.,Quality Radiation Therapy BV | And 5 more authors.
Medical Physics | Year: 2016

Purpose: The aims of this study were (i) to design a new high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy applicator for treating surface lesions with planning target volumes larger than 3 cm in diameter and up to 5 cm in size, using the microSelectron-HDR or Flexitron afterloader (Elekta Brachytherapy) with a 192Ir source; (ii) to calculate by means of the Monte Carlo (MC) method the dose distribution for the new applicator when it is placed against a water phantom; and (iii) to validate experimentally the dose distributions in water. Methods: The PENELOPE2008 MC code was used to optimize dwell positions and dwell times. Next, the dose distribution in a water phantom and the leakage dose distribution around the applicator were calculated. Finally, MC data were validated experimentally for a 192Ir mHDR-v2 source by measuring (i) dose distributions with radiochromic EBT3 films (ISP); (ii) percentage depth-dose (PDD) curve with the parallel-plate ionization chamber Advanced Markus (PTW); and (iii) absolute dose rate with EBT3 films and the PinPoint T31016 (PTW) ionization chamber. Results: The new applicator is made of tungsten alloy (Densimet) and consists of a set of interchangeable collimators. Three catheters are used to allocate the source at prefixed dwell positions with preset weights to produce a homogenous dose distribution at the typical prescription depth of 3 mm in water. The same plan is used for all available collimators. PDD, absolute dose rate per unit of air kerma strength, and off-axis profiles in a cylindrical water phantom are reported. These data can be used for treatment planning. Leakage around the applicator was also scored. The dose distributions, PDD, and absolute dose rate calculated agree within experimental uncertainties with the doses measured: differences of MC data with chamber measurements are up to 0.8% and with radiochromic films are up to 3.5%. Conclusions: The new applicator and the dosimetric data provided here will be a valuable tool in clinical practice, making treatment of large skin lesions simpler, faster, and safer. Also the dose to surrounding healthy tissues is minimal. © 2016 American Association of Physicists in Medicine. Source

Candela-Juan C.,Polytechnic University of Valencia | Candela-Juan C.,University of Valencia | Gimeno-Olmos J.,Polytechnic University of Valencia | Pujades M.C.,National Dosimetry Center | And 8 more authors.
Physica Medica | Year: 2015

Purpose: To assess the radiation dose to the fetus of a pregnant patient undergoing high-dose-rate (HDR) 192Ir interstitial breast brachytherapy, and to design a new patient setup and lead shielding technique that minimizes the fetal dose. Methods: Radiochromic films were placed between the slices of an anthropomorphic phantom modeling the patient. The pregnant woman was seated in a chair with the breast over a table and inside a leaded box. Dose variation as a function of distance from the implant volume as well as dose homogeneity within a representative slice of the fetal position was evaluated without and with shielding. Results: With shielding, the peripheral dose after a complete treatment ranged from 50cGy at 5cm from the caudal edge of the breast to <0.1cGy at 30cm. The shielding reduces absorbed dose by a factor of two near the breast and more than an order of magnitude beyond 20cm. The dose is heterogeneous within a given axial plane, with variations from the central region within 50%. Interstitial HDR 192Ir brachytherapy with breast shielding can be more advantageous than external-beam radiotherapy (EBRT) from a radiation protection point of view, as long as the distance to the uterine fundus is higher than about 10cm. Furthermore, the weight of the shielding here proposed is notably lower than that needed in EBRT. Conclusions: Shielded breast brachytherapy may benefit pregnant patients needing localized radiotherapy, especially during the early gestational ages when the fetus is more sensitive to ionizing radiation. © 2015 Associazione Italiana di Fisica Medica. Source

Palomo R.,Polytechnic University of Valencia | Pujades M.C.,National Dosimetry Center | Gimeno-Olmos J.,Polytechnic University of Valencia | Carmona V.,Polytechnic University of Valencia | And 7 more authors.
Journal of Radiological Protection | Year: 2015

The purpose of this work is to evaluate the absorbed dose to the eye lenses due to the cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) system used to accurately position the patient during head-and-neck image guided procedures. The on-board imaging (OBI) systems (v.1.5) of Clinac iX and TrueBeam (Varian) accelerators were used to evaluate the imparted dose to the eye lenses and some additional points of the head. All CBCT scans were acquired with the Standard-Dose Head protocol from Varian. Doses were measured using thermoluminescence dosimeters (TLDs) placed in an anthropomorphic phantom. TLDs were calibrated at the beam quality used to reduce their energy dependence. Average dose to the lens due to the OBI systems of the Clinac iX and the TrueBeam were 0.71 ± 0.07 mGy/CBCT and 0.70 ± 0.08 mGy/CBCT, respectively. The extra absorbed dose received by the eye lenses due to one CBCT acquisition with the studied protocol is far below the 500 mGy threshold established by ICRP for cataract formation (ICRP 2011 Statement on Tissue Reactions). However, the incremental effect of several CBCT acquisitions during the whole treatment should be taken into account. © 2015 IOP Publishing Ltd. Source

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