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Volume 15, Number 3, 2010

Measurement of depth-dose of linear accelerator and simulation by use of GEANT4 computer code

D. Sardari, H. Samavat, A. Esmaeeli, R. Maleki


Radiation therapy is an established method of cancer treatment. New technologies in cancer radiotherapy need a more accurate computation of the dose delivered in the radiotherapy treatment plan. This study presents some results of a Geant4-based application for simulation of the absorbed dose distribution given by a medical linear accelerator (LINAC). The LINAC geometry is accurately described in the Monte Carlo code with use of the accelerator manufacturer’s specifications. The capability of the software for evaluating the dose distribution has been verified by comparisons with measurements in a water phantom; the comparisons were performed for percentage depth dose (PDD) and profiles for various field sizes and depths, for a 6-MV electron beam. Experimental and calculated dose values were in good agreement both in PDD and in transverse sections of the water phantom.

Signature: Rep Pract Oncol Radiother, 2010; 15(3) : 64-68

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