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Independent Determination of Absorbed Dose to Water Depth-Dose Curves for Ru-106 Ophthalmic Plaques Traceable to the Primary Standards of External Beam Radiotherapy

V Kaveckyte1,2*, S Dahlander2, A Carlsson Tedgren1,2, (1) Department of Health, Medicine and Caring Sciences, Linkoping University, SE-58185 Linkoping, Sweden (2) Department of Medical Radiation Physics and Nuclear Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital, SE-17176 Stockholm, Sweden


PO-GePV-T-2 (Sunday, 7/25/2021)   [Eastern Time (GMT-4)]

Purpose: To propose an approach for independent determination of the absorbed dose to water (D(water)) depth-dose curves traceable to the external beam primary standards of absorbed dose to water for the dosimetry of ophthalmic ¹⁰⁶Ru plaques used in brachytherapy.

Methods: A microSilicon diode was cross-calibrated against a reference air ionization chamber in terms of the D(water) in a 6 MeV external electron beam. The diode and a high precision setup equipment was used to determine the D(water) depth-dose curves for ¹⁰⁶Ru CCB-type plaques manufactured in 2018 and 2019. Detector blueprints were available and a Monte Carlo (MC) code system PENELOPE-2018 was used to correct for the absorbed-dose energy dependence of the detector between calibration and measurement beam qualities (from 2 to 10 mm distance from the plaque surface). The results were compared with the D(water) depth-dose curves calculated with MC in the absence of the detector and with those determined by the vendor with a plastic scintillator with other traceability. Further analysis was made to determine possible reasons of the discrepancies.

Results: Differences between experimentally determined D(water) depth-dose curves using the microSilicon diode and those provided by the vendor were from -5 % at the reference depth of 2 mm to nearly 20 % at 10 mm depth. The MC-calculated D(water) depth-dose curves in the absence of the detector differed systematically from the vendor values but agreed within their provided uncertainties with the values obtained using the microSilicon detector.

Conclusion: We show that a detector calibration in external beam allows for accurate and independent dosimetry of ¹⁰⁶Ru CCB plaques with lower uncertainties than following an existing method of plaque calibration.



    Dosimetry, Calibration, Eye Plaques


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