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The effect of gantry and collimator angles on leaf limited velocity and position in dynamic multileaf collimator intensity-modulated radiation therapy



The effect of gantry and collimator angles on leaf limited velocity and position in dynamic multileaf collimator intensity-modulated radiation therapy



Physics in Medicine and Biology 55(11): 3101-3113



The purpose of the study is to evaluate the limiting velocity (LV) of a multileaf collimator and the leaf position in various collimator and gantry angles. Both leading leaves and trailing leaves began to move with a constant acceleration from 0 to 4 cm s(-1). When the beam hold occurred, the leaf velocity was defined as the leaf LV. Dynamic irradiation was performed at eight gantry angles of every 45 degrees with three different collimator angles. The analysis of the LV and the leaf position was performed with a log file from a leaf motion controller. The mean LVs for Varian Clinac 21EX (21EX) ranged from 2.51 to 3.10 cm s(-1). The mean LVs for Clinac 600C ranged from 2.91 to 3.12 cm s(-1). When only central 5 mm leaves of 21EX moved, LVs were significantly higher than those when all 60 pairs of leaf moved, while the leaf position inconsistencies of the two accelerators were within 1 mm at the leaf velocities from 0.5 to 2.0 cm s(-1). It was recognized that the LV was affected by gravity. This measurement method can be utilized as routine quality assurance for a dynamic multileaf collimator (DMLC) is and easily reproducible.

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DOI: 10.1088/0031-9155/55/11/008



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