Room: Exhibit Hall
Purpose: To validate and benchmark the QA StereoChecker (QASC), a novel high resolution (aSi) dosimeter, for clinical electron measurements using an ion chamber and gafchromic film.
Methods: The Standard Imaging proprietary software was used to characterize reproducibility of the detector for open field electron beams between 6 and 20 MeV at varying dose rates. The short term reproducibility of the detector was evaluated by making measurements over an 8 hour day, while the long term reproducibility characterizes detector response over two weeks; with an ion chamber being used to adjust for machine output variations. A subset of cone and cut out factors were cross-compared with an ion chamber for standard cone sizes of : 6, 10 and 15 cm. Additionally, we cross compared the electron profiles with Gafchromic film to evaluate field size measurements.
Results: For all electron energies, the detector readings demonstrated excellent short term reproducibility and dose rate independence, with the standard deviation less than 0.5%. Over a span of two weeks, the maximum discrepancy between the ion chamber and QASC calibrated reading was 0.75%. The maximum difference between QASC measured cone and cut out factors compared with an ion chamber is under 1%. Additionally, the inherent high resolution of 0.2 mm, allowed the QASC field size measurement to be consistent with film measurements.
Conclusion: The QASC was shown to be a stable platform for clinical electron measurements. It offers high resolution and comparable stability to an ion chamber for quality assurance measurements.
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