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Linac-Based SBRT Delivery QA and Decreased Gamma Criteria

R Price*, I Veltchev, T Lin, A Eldib, L Chen, X Chen, L Jin, L Wang, J Liu, C Ma, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA


(Sunday, 7/12/2020)   [Eastern Time (GMT-4)]

Room: AAPM ePoster Library

Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy of delivery error detection for linac-based SBRT following AAPM TG-218 recommended tolerances and gamma criteria reductions.

Methods: Patient-specific ionchamber array-based delivery QA analysis for 75 previously treated VMAT patients analyzed at 3%, 3mm and a threshold of 10% was repeated with gamma criteria of 2%, 2mm and a threshold of 50%. A universal action limit (AL) of 90% was used and results were plotted as a function of equivalent PTV diameter. Regions of failure were geometrically correlated between the phantom and the planning CT data set and planned values were adjusted based on delivery results to assess the likelihood of treatment start delay.

Results: The equivalent PTV diameter ranged from 2.0cm-5.6cm. A negative low correlation (r = -0.31) was found for 38 of 75 cases below the AL with an approximate change in passing rate of 5.3% over this range. 35 cases failing the AL had values within the PTV region resulting in doses greater than the prescription dose but less than the target maximum. 20 of these cases were evaluated at 2 separate points of maximum deviation. 3 cases exceeded the target maximum by between 0.6% and 2.1%. 7 cases failed outside the PTV with 4 resulting in lower than predicted doses. 3 cases outside the PTV resulted in higher than predicted dose by a maximum of 20.2%.

Conclusion: Following evaluation, no case would have been delayed for gamma failure within the target region nor outside the PTV. Variance resulting in higher than predicted dose outside the target was found to be acceptable in all 3 cases. It was found that array-based SBRT delivery QA results do not strongly correlate with target size over the range studied. Additionally, the TG-218 suggested decreased gamma criteria may not strongly predict clinically meaningful delivery errors.


Quality Assurance, Intensity Modulation


TH- External Beam- Photons: Quality Assurance - IMRT/VMAT

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