Intracavitary dosimetry of a high-activity remote loading device with oscillating source.

Abstract

Dosimetric experiments have been carried out in order to obtain the dose distribution in water around a Fletcher applicator loaded by a Buchler system containing two 137Cs 148 GBq (4 Ci) sources and one 192Ir 740 GBq (20 Ci) source. The mechanical system which controls the movement of the 192Ir source and the resulting motion of the source are described. The dose distribution around the sources was measured photographically and by a PWT Normal 0.22 cm3 ionisation chamber. The absolute dose rate was measured along the lateral axes of the sources. The measurements of exposure in water near the sources were corrected for the effect due to the finite volume of the chamber. The "quantisation method" described by Cassell (1983) was utilised to calculate the variation of the dose rate along the lateral axes of the sources. The dose distribution around both 192Ir and 137Cs sources was found to be spherical for angles greater than 40 degrees from the longitudinal axes of the sources. A simple algorithm fitting the data for the moving 192Ir source is proposed. A program written in FORTRAN IV and run on a Univac 1100/80 computer has been used to plot dose distributions on anatomical data obtained from CT images. The uncertainties of the measurements and calculations have been examined and the greatest error has been found to be 5.5%. The clinical significance of the treatment method is discussed.

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@article{Arcvito1984IntracavitaryDO, title={Intracavitary dosimetry of a high-activity remote loading device with oscillating source.}, author={Giuseppe Arc{\`o}vito and Angelo Piermattei and Germano D'Abramo and Fra Bassi}, journal={The British journal of radiology}, year={1984}, volume={57 684}, pages={1119-30} }