A matrix ionisation chamber imaging device for on-line patient setup verification during radiotherapy.

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It is very important to have a daily verification of patient setup during radiotherapy. Therefore, we have developed an on-line imaging device for high energy photons. It consists of a matrix of 128 x 128 liquid filled ionisation chambers and has a field of view of 320 mm x 320 mm. This device has an extremely flat cassette-like housing for easy handling and for application with existing radiotherapy equipment. A dedicated microcomputer is used to measure the currents of the 16384 ionisation chambers at high speed. The same computer is used to restore and process the images. With an imaging time of 3.1 s, an image quality comparable to film is obtained. Images of high and low contrast phantoms and of patients are presented. With this device, high quality portal images will be available within only a few seconds after the start of the treatment. This allows an almost instantaneous decision on the approval of patient setup. In addition, it enables observation of organ or patient motion during a single treatment. Analysis of these images at high speed will be an interesting new area of research.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalRadiotherapy and oncology : journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1988