Initial experience with TrueBeam trajectory log files for radiation therapy delivery verification

Baozhou Sun, Dharanipathy Rangaraj, Geethpriya Palaniswaamy, Sridhar Yaddanapudi, Omar Wooten, Deshan Yang, Sasa Mutic, Lakshmi Santanam

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Purpose: Traditionally, initial and weekly chart checks involve checking various parameters in the treatment management system against the expected treatment parameters and machine settings. This process is time-consuming and labor intensive. We explore utilizing the Varian TrueBeam log files (Varian Medical System, Palo Alto, CA), which contain the complete delivery parameters for an end-to-end verification of daily patient treatments. Methods and Materials: An in-house software tool for 3-dimensional (3D) conformal therapy, enhanced dynamic wedge delivery, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), volumetric modulated radiation therapy, flattening filter-free mode, and electron therapy treatment verification was developed. The software reads the Varian TrueBeam log files, extracts the delivered parameters, and compares them against the original treatment planning data. In addition to providing an end-to-end data transfer integrity check, the tool also verifies the accuracy of treatment deliveries. This is performed as part of the initial chart check for IMRT plans and after first fraction for the 3D plans. The software was validated for consistency and accuracy for IMRT and 3D fields. Results: Based on the validation results the accuracy of MLC, jaw and gantry positions were well within the expected values. The patient quality assurance results for 127 IMRT patients and 51 conventional fields were within 0.25 mm for multileaf collimator positions, 0.3 degree for gantry angles, 0.13 monitor units for monitor unit delivery accuracy, and 1 mm for jaw positions. The delivered dose rates for the flattening filter-free modes were within 1% of the planned dose rates. Conclusions: The end-to-end data transfer check using TrueBeam log files and the treatment delivery parameter accuracy check provides an efficient, reliable beam parameter check process for various radiation delivery techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e199-e208
JournalPractical Radiation Oncology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2013


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