The characterization of the radiation scattered by the collimating system of a linear accelerator for medical applications is becoming a must given the increase in the survival of the radio-treated patients. This paper describes both the spectral and spatial study of the scattered radiation of an electron beam in the energy range 6-20 MeV, produced by a Varian CLINAC 1800 accelerator at the Radiotherapy Unit of the Sant'Anna Hospital in Como. The detectors used are plastic and fiber scintillators characterized by a timing response of ≈ 25 nsec in order to cope with the high fluxes. The results have been compared with a Montecarlo simulation based on Geant 3.21 and are presented both in terms of spectral and dose distributions.

Spectral and spatial distribution of the scattered radiation of an electron radiotherapy beam

BARTESAGHI, GIACOMO;CONTI, VALENTINA;V. MASCAGNA;PREST, MICHELA;MOZZANICA, ALDO;
2006

Abstract

The characterization of the radiation scattered by the collimating system of a linear accelerator for medical applications is becoming a must given the increase in the survival of the radio-treated patients. This paper describes both the spectral and spatial study of the scattered radiation of an electron beam in the energy range 6-20 MeV, produced by a Varian CLINAC 1800 accelerator at the Radiotherapy Unit of the Sant'Anna Hospital in Como. The detectors used are plastic and fiber scintillators characterized by a timing response of ≈ 25 nsec in order to cope with the high fluxes. The results have been compared with a Montecarlo simulation based on Geant 3.21 and are presented both in terms of spectral and dose distributions.
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Bartesaghi, Giacomo; Conti, Valentina; Mascagna, V.; Prest, Michela; Mozzanica, Aldo; Frigerio, G.; Monti, A.; Vallazza, E.
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