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Dose linearity and monitor unit stability of a G4 type cyberknife robotic stereotactic radiosurgery system

By H. Sudahar, P. G. G. Kurup, V. Murali and J. Velmurugan


Dose linearity studies on conventional linear accelerators show a linearity error at low monitor units (MUs). The purpose of this study was to establish the dose linearity and MU stability characteristics of a cyberknife (Accuray Inc., USA) stereotactic radiosurgery system. Measurements were done at a depth of 5 cm in a stereotactic dose verification phantom with a source to surface distance of 75 cm in a Generation 4 (G4) type cyberknife system. All the 12 fixed-type collimators starting from 5 to 60 mm were used for the dose linearity study. The dose linearity was examined in small (1–10), medium (15–100) and large (125–1000) MU ranges. The MU stability test was performed with 60 mm collimator for 10 MU and 20 MU with different combinations. The maximum dose linearity error of –38.8% was observed for 1 MU with 5 mm collimator. Dose linearity error in the small MU range was considerably higher than in the medium and large MU ranges. The maximum error in the medium range was –2.4%. In the large MU range, the linearity error varied between –0.7% and 1.2%. The maximum deviation in the MU stability was –3.03%

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