Source configuration and dose rates for the selectron afterloading equipment for gynecologic applicators

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Abstract

This paper describes source train configurations of the Selectron LDR-6 that can be used to duplicate commonly used manually afterloadable source configurations for gynecological intracavitary brachytherapy. We demonstrate that the recommended source configuration using 2.5 mm 137Cs spheres is dosimetrically equivalent to its manually afterloaded counterparts using 3M 137Cs sources (20 mm overall length, 14 mm active length). Isodose distributions are in agreement to within 5% for the Fletcher-Suit-Delclos family of tandems, colpostats, and vaginal cylinders. Our data also demonstrate that the isotropic point source model used by most computerized treatment planning systems is a good approximation to source trains of filtered, spherical sources interspersed with solid steel spacers. We conclude that the use of 2.5 mm 137Cs sources in the Selectron remote afterloading system can accurately reproduce the isodose distribution achieved with linear 137Cs manually afterloaded sources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-327
Number of pages7
JournalInternational journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992

Keywords

  • Brachytherapy
  • Implants
  • Radiotherapy
  • Remote afterloading

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