Proton therapy is a precise forms of radiation therapy that makes use of high energy proton compared to the conventional, more commonly used and less precise x-ray and electron beams. On the other hand, to fully exploit the proton therapy advantages, very accurate quality controls of the treatments are required. These are mainly related to the dose calculations and treatment planning. Actually dose calculations are routinely performed on the basis of X-Ray computed tomography while a big improvement could be obtained with the direct use of protons as the imaging system. In this work we report the results of Monte Carlo simulations for the study of an imaging system based on the use of high energy protons: the proton Computed-Tomography (pCT). The main limitation of the pCT and the current adopted technical solutions, based on the use of the Most Likely Path (MLP) approximation are illustrated. Simulation results are compared with experimental data obtained with a first prototype of pCT system tested with 200 MeV proton beams available at the Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) (CA).
|Titolo:||Monte Carlo studies of a proton computed tomography system|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2007|
|Citazione:||Monte Carlo studies of a proton computed tomography system / Cirrone G. A. Pablo; Cuttone Giacomo; Candiano Giuliana; Di Rosa Francesco; Lo Nigro Salvatore; Lo Presti D; Randazzo Nunzio; Sipala Valeria; Bruzzi Mara; Menichelli David; Scaringella Monica; Bashkirov Vladimir; Williams R. David; Sadrozinski Hartmut F. -W.; Heimann Jason; Feldt Jason; Blumenkrantz Nate; Talamonti C.; Schulte Reinhard. - In: IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NUCLEAR SCIENCE. - ISSN 0018-9499. - 54:5(2007), pp. 1487-1491.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|