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Establishing the suitability of quantitative optical CT microscopy of PRESAGE® radiochromic dosimeters for the verification of synchrotron microbeam therapy.

Doran, SJ, Abdul Rahman, AT, Bräuer-Krisch, E, Brochard, T, Adamovics, J, Nisbet, A and Bradley, D (2013) Establishing the suitability of quantitative optical CT microscopy of PRESAGE® radiochromic dosimeters for the verification of synchrotron microbeam therapy. Phys Med Biol, 58 (18). pp. 6279-6297.

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Abstract

Previous research on optical computed tomography (CT) microscopy in the context of the synchrotron microbeam has shown the potential of the technique and demonstrated high quality images, but has left two questions unanswered: (i) are the images suitably quantitative for 3D dosimetry? and (ii) what is the impact on the spatial resolution of the system of the limited depth-of-field of the microscope optics? Cuvette and imaging studies are reported here that address these issues. Two sets of cuvettes containing the radiochromic plastic PRESAGE® were irradiated at the ID17 biomedical beamline of the European Synchrotron Radiation facility over the ranges 0-20 and 0-35 Gy and a third set of cuvettes was irradiated over the range 0-20 Gy using a standard medical linac. In parallel, three cylindrical PRESAGE® samples of diameter 9.7 mm were irradiated with test patterns that allowed the quantitative capabilities of the optical CT microscope to be verified, and independent measurements of the imaging modulation transfer function (MTF) to be made via two different methods. Both spectrophotometric analysis and imaging gave a linear dose response, with gradients ranging from 0.036-0.041 cm(-1) Gy(-1) in the three sets of cuvettes and 0.037 (optical CT units) Gy(-1) for the imaging. High-quality, quantitative imaging results were obtained throughout the 3D volume, as illustrated by depth-dose profiles. These profiles are shown to be monoexponential, and the linear attention coefficient of PRESAGE® for the synchrotron-generated x-ray beam is measured to be (0.185 ± 0.02) cm(-1) in excellent agreement with expectations. Low-level (<5%) residual image artefacts are discussed in detail. It was possible to resolve easily slit patterns of width 37 µm (which are smaller than many of the microbeams used on ID-17), but some uncertainty remains as to whether the low values of MTF for the higher spatial frequencies are scanner related or a result of genuine (but non-ideal) dose distributions. We conclude that microscopy images from our scanner do indeed have intensities that are proportional to spectrophotometric optical density and can thus be used as the basis for accurate dosimetry. However, further investigations are necessary before the microscopy images can be used to make the quantitative measures of peak-to-valley ratios for small-diameter microbeams. We suggest various strategies for moving forward and are optimistic about the future potential of this system.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Doran, SJUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Abdul Rahman, ATUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bräuer-Krisch, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Brochard, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Adamovics, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Nisbet, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bradley, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 21 September 2013
Identification Number : 10.1088/0031-9155/58/18/6279
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 13:23
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 16:20
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/803971

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