Monte Carlo-based dose calculation engine for minibeam radiation therapy.

I Martínez-Rovira, J Sempau, Y Prezado

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Minibeam radiation therapy (MBRT) is an innovative radiotherapy approach based on the wellestablished tissue sparing effect of arrays of quasi-parallel micrometre-sized beams. In order to guide the preclinical trials in progress at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), a Monte Carlobased dose calculation engine has been developed and successfully benchmarked with experimental data in anthropomorphic phantoms. Additionally, a realistic example of treatment plan is presented. Despite the micron scale of the voxels used to tally dose distributions in MBRT, the combination of several efficiency optimisation methods allowed to achieve acceptable computation times for clinical settings (approximately 2 h). The calculation engine can be easily adapted with little or no programming effort to other synchrotron sources or for dose calculations in presence of contrast agents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-62
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica Medica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


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