Development of a 3D remote dosimetry protocol compatible with MRgIMRT

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Abstract

Purpose:

To develop a novel remote 3D dosimetry protocol to verify Magnetic Resonance-guided Radiation Therapy (MRgRT) treatments. The protocol was applied to investigate the accuracy of TG-119 IMRT irradiations delivered by the MRIdian® system (ViewRay®, Oakwood Village, OH, USA) allowing for a 48-hour delay between irradiation at a field institution and subsequent readout at a base institution.

Methods:

The 3D dosimetry protocol utilizes a novel formulation of PRESAGE® radiochromic dosimeters developed for high postirradiation stability and compatibility with optical-CT readout. Optical-CT readout was performed with an in-house system utilizing telecentric lenses affording high-resolution scanning. The protocol was developed from preparatory experiments to characterize PRESAGE® response in relevant conditions. First, linearity and sensitivity of PRESAGE® dose-response in the presence of a magnetic field was evaluated in a small volume study (4 ml cuvettes) conducted under MRgRT conditions and irradiated with doses 0–15 Gy. Temporal and spatial stability of the dose-response were investigated in large volume studies utilizing large field-of-view (FOV) 2 kg cylindrical PRESAGE® dosimeters. Dosimeters were imaged at t = 1 hr and t = 48 hrs enabling the development of correction terms to model any observed spatial and temporal changes postirradiation. Polynomial correction factors for temporal and spatial changes in PRESAGE® dosimeters (CT and CR respectively) were obtained by numerical fitting to time-point data acquired in six irradiated dosimeters. A remote dosimetry protocol was developed where PRESAGE® change in optical-density (ΔOD) readings at time t = X (the irradiation to return shipment time interval) were corrected back to a convenient standard time t = 1 hr using the CT and CR corrections. This refined protocol was then applied to TG-119 (American Association of Physicists in Medicine, Task Group 119) plan deliveries on the MRIdian® system to evaluate the accuracy of MRgRT in these conditions.

Results:

In the small volume study, in the presence of a 0.35 T magnetic field, PRESAGE® was observed to respond linearly (R2 = 0.9996) to Co-60 irradiation at t = 48 hrs postirradiation, within the dose ranges of 0 to 15 Gy, with a sensitivity of 0.0305(±0.003) ΔOD cm−1 Gy−1. In the large volume studies, at t = 1 hr postirradiation, consistent linear response was observed, with average sensitivity of 0.0930 ± 0.002 ΔOD cm−1 Gy−1. However, dosimeters gradually darkened with time (OD< 5% per day). A small radial dependence to the dosimeter sensitivity was measured (< 3% of maximum dose), which is attributed to a spherically symmetric dosimeter artifact arising from exothermic heating legacy in the PRESAGE® polyurethane substrate during curing. When applied to the TG-119 IMRT irradiations, the remote dosimetry protocol (including correction terms) yielded excellent line-profile and 3D gamma agreement for 3%/3 mm, 10% threshold (mean passing rate = 96.6% ± 4.0%).

Conclusion:

A novel 3D remote dosimetry protocol is introduced for validating off-site dosimetrically complex radiotherapy systems, including MRgRT. The protocol involves correcting for temporal and spatially dependent changes in PRESAGE® radiochromic dosimeters readout by optical-CT. Application of the protocol to TG-119 irradiations enabled verification of MRgRT dose distributions with high resolution.

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