Manickam Ravikumar

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HDR brachytherapy treatment planning often involves optimization methods to calculate the dwell times and dwell positions of the radioactive source along specified afterloading catheters. The purpose of this study is to compare the dose distribution obtained with geometric optimization (GO) and volume optimization (VO) combined with isodose reshaping. This(More)
PURPOSE To analyze backscattered dose enhancements near different metallic interfaces for cobalt-60 ((60)Co) gamma rays and 6- and 18-MV photon beams. MATERIAL AND METHODS Measurements were carried out with a PTW thin-window, parallel-plate ionization chamber and an RDM-1F electrometer. Thin sheets of aluminum, mild steel, copper, cadmium and lead were(More)
Implementation of Intensity Modulation Radiotherapy (IMRT) and patient dose verification was carried out with film and I'mariXX using linear accelerator with 120-leaf Millennium dynamic multileaf collimator (dMLC). The basic mechanical and electrical commissioning and quality assurance tests of linear accelerator were carried out. The leaf position accuracy(More)
Endometrial carcinoma is the most common malignancy arising in the female genital tract. Intracavitary vaginal cuff irradiation may be given alone or with external beam irradiation in patients determined to be at risk for locoregional recurrence. Vaginal cylinders are often used to deliver a brachytherapy dose to the vaginal apex and upper vagina or the(More)
The purpose of this study is to examine the plan quality and monitor unit with sliding window IMRT and RapidArc (RA) treatment plans using American Association Physicists in Medicine TG119 test suite DICOM-RT images and structure sets. The structure set includes multi-target (superior, central, inferior), prostate, head and neck and C-shape. Plans were(More)
The advent of modern technologies in radiotherapy poses an increased challenge in the determination of dosimetric parameters of small fields that exhibit a high degree of uncertainty. Percent depth dose and beam profiles were acquired using different detectors in two different orientations. The parameters such as relative surface dose (D S), depth of dose(More)
AIM Since the skin dose becomes the limiting factor while deciding the tumorcidal dose, the detailed analysis of dose distribution in the build-up region is necessary for high-energy photon beams. In this study the beam characteristics affecting the build-up and skin dose for 6- and 18-MV photons are analyzed. MATERIALS AND METHODS Measurements were made(More)
The aim of the study is to design and validate an indigenous three dimensional Radiation Field Analyser (3D RFA). The feed system made for X, Y and Z axis movements is of lead screw with deep ball bearing mechanism made up of stain less steel driven by stepper motors with accuracy less than 0.5 mm. The telescopic column lifting unit was designed using(More)
Dosimetric changes caused by the positional uncertainty of centering a small electron cutout to the machine central axis (CAX) of the linear accelerator (linac) were investigated. Six circular cutouts with 4 cm diameter were made with their centres shifted off by 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 mm from the machine CAX. The 6 x 6 cm(2) electron applicator was used for(More)