Negative correlation of patient-specific quality assurance failure rates with Monitor Units for Volumetric-Modulated Arc Therapy

Hossain Murshed, Papalia Nathan M
2020 International Journal of Radiology and Radiation Oncology  
There were inquiries into the dependencies of Gamma pass rate and some plan parameters like the degree of modulation, dose conformity, plan-complexity etc [6] . But to our knowledge MU has not been reported to correlate with GI. A consensus Abstract Purpose: Failure rates of patient-specifi c Quality Assurance tests in intensity modulated external beam radiation therapy are known to be correlated with both the degree of modulation and Monitor Units (MU). Our goal is to examine if this remains
more » ... e if this remains true for Volumetric-Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT). Methods: We have analyzed the pass rates for 118 VMAT patient-plans for prostate cancer by examining the Gamma Index (GI) of two-dimensional portal dose distributions. Results: We found that the failure rates based on GI is negatively correlated with MU with correlation coeffi cients of -0.28 and -0.35 at 2%-2mm and 3%-3mm levels respectively. Lower MU plans have generally lower pass rates for the VMAT. This contrasts with the traditional results that the failure rates increase with the degree of intensity modulation. This difference is due to the manner of VMAT delivery. Conclusions: Lower MU VMAT plans generally have lower pass rates.
doi:10.17352/ijrro.000036 fatcat:kjnacjmtqnbfznj46ygzcimpqa