Out of field dose during Gamma Knife treatment: a paediatric case study

V. Moutrie, M. Grace, M. A. Izard, J. W. Fuller

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An 11-year-old girl with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) was referred for Gamma Knife treatment. As this would be the first paediatric treatment in Australia, additional investigations were undertaken into out of field dose to assure the best possible long term outcome for the patient. A phantom was constructed from water equivalent materials to simulate the patient. A target volume was defined to emulate the size and location of the AVM visible in diagnostic images. An ionisation chamber and EBT3 Gafchromic film were used to record absorbed dose at strategic points both on the surface and at depth within the phantom. On the day of treatment, EBT3 Gafchromic film was used to conduct in vivo dosimetry. The pre-treatment phantom measurements matched the planning system for the cranial section (the only modelled section) and no measurable dose above background was detected in the extracranial sites. In vivo measurements of the lenses returned doses of up to 2 cGy for imaging and 8 cGy for treatment which was also consistent with the planned dose. Dose to the thyroid, chest and abdomen was not measurable above background.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012004
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2017
EventMicro-Mini & Nano-Dosimetry & Innovative Technologies in Radiation Therapy (2016) - Hobart, Australia
Duration: 26 Jan 201631 Jan 2016

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