A Low-Cost Method to Assess the Performance of Surface Guidance Imaging Systems at Non-Zero Couch Angles.

Academic Article


  • A procedure is presented to assess performance at non-zero couch angles and perform routine quality assurance (QA) on surface-guided radiotherapy (SGRT) imaging systems used for stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). A low-cost anthropomorphic phantom was used to assess the system under patient-like conditions. The phantom is embedded with a tungsten ball bearing (BB) to facilitate the use of surface imaging (SI) with concurrent megavoltage (MV) imaging to cross-compare and validate SI-reported offsets. Data analysis is done via in-house software that utilized the SGRT system's log files for automated analysis. This procedure enables users to assess and inter-compare MV-reported offsets with their SGRT system. The analysis provides SGRT system residual error so that users are aware of inherent offsets present in addition to increases in translational offsets due to couch walkout. The procedure was validated with two commercial SGRT systems. The procedure can be used with any surface imaging system and linear accelerator system.
  • Published In

  • Cureus  Journal
  • Keywords

  • radiation therapy, sgrt, stereotactic radiosurgery, surface imaging, surface-guided radiotherapy
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    Author List

  • Covington EL; Popple RA
  • Start Page

  • e14278
  • Volume

  • 13
  • Issue

  • 4