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Evaluation and mitigation of potential errors in radiochromic film dosimetry due to film curvature at scanning.

Palmer, AL, Bradley, DA and Nisbet, A (2015) Evaluation and mitigation of potential errors in radiochromic film dosimetry due to film curvature at scanning. J Appl Clin Med Phys, 16 (2).

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This work considers a previously overlooked uncertainty present in film dosimetry which results from moderate curvature of films during the scanning process. Small film samples are particularly susceptible to film curling which may be undetected or deemed insignificant. In this study, we consider test cases with controlled induced curvature of film and with film raised horizontally above the scanner plate. We also evaluate the difference in scans of a film irradiated with a typical brachytherapy dose distribution with the film naturally curved and with the film held flat on the scanner. Typical naturally occurring curvature of film at scanning, giving rise to a maximum height 1 to 2 mm above the scan plane, may introduce dose errors of 1% to 4%, and considerably reduce gamma evaluation passing rates when comparing film-measured doses with treatment planning system-calculated dose distributions, a common application of film dosimetry in radiotherapy. The use of a triple-channel dosimetry algorithm appeared to mitigate the error due to film curvature compared to conventional single-channel film dosimetry. The change in pixel value and calibrated reported dose with film curling or height above the scanner plate may be due to variations in illumination characteristics, optical disturbances, or a Callier-type effect. There is a clear requirement for physically flat films at scanning to avoid the introduction of a substantial error source in film dosimetry. Particularly for small film samples, a compression glass plate above the film is recommended to ensure flat-film scanning. This effect has been overlooked to date in the literature.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Palmer, AL
Date : 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords : Brachytherapy, Calibration, Film Dosimetry, Humans, Phantoms, Imaging, Quality Control, Radiographic Image Enhancement, Radiotherapy Dosage
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 13:38
Last Modified : 25 Jan 2020 00:13

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