Technical Note: Magnetic field effects on Gafchromic-film response in MR-IGRT

Francisco J. Reynoso, Austen Curcuru, Olga Green, Sasa Mutic, Indra J. Das, Lakshmi Santanam

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Purpose: Magnetokinetic changes may affect crystal orientation and polymerization within the active layer of radiochromic film (RCF). This effect is investigated in a magnetic resonance image-guided radiotherapy unit within the context of film dosimetry. Methods: Gafchromic EBT2 RCF was irradiated in a 30 × 30 × 30 cm3 solid water phantom using a Co-60 MRI guided radiotherapy system (B = 0.35 T) under normal operating conditions, and under the exact conditions and setup without a magnetic field. Fifteen 20.3 × 25.4 cm2 EBT2 film sheets were placed at three different depths (d = 0.5, 5, and 10 cm) using five different treatment plans. The plans were computed using the MRIdian (ViewRay, Inc.) treatment planning system to deliver doses between 0 and 17.6 Gy. Films were analyzed before and after irradiation to obtain the net optical density (netOD) for each color channel separately. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images were obtained to compare the active layer of selected samples. Results: The results indicated that the red channel netOD decreased between 0.013 and 0.123 (average of 0.060 ± 0.033) for doses above 2.8 Gy, with a linear increase in this effect for higher doses. Green channel netOD showed similar results with a decrease between 0.012 and 0.105 (average of 0.041 ± 0.027) for doses above 3.5 Gy. The blue channel showed the weakest effect with a netOD decrease between 0.013 and 0.029 (average of 0.020 ± 0.006) for doses above 8.0 Gy. SEM images show changes in crystal orientation within active layer in RCF exposed in a magnetic field. Conclusions: The presence of a magnetic field affects crystal orientation and polymerization during irradiation, where netOD decreased by an average of 8.7%, 8.0%, and 4.3% in the red, green, and blue channels, respectively. The under response was dependent on dose and differed by up to 15% at 17.6 Gy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6552-6556
Number of pages5
JournalMedical physics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


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