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Machined brass skin collimation with variable thickness for electron therapy

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2021
Summary:
Skin collimation in electron therapy ensures sharper penumbra and maximal protection to adjacent critical structures. It also provides a better clinical dose to the target and avoids recurrences at the periphery. The thickness of the electron skin collimation must be adequate for shielding purposes, not too thick to cause discomfort to the patient and be conformal to the skin. This study assessed the clinical potential of machined brass skin collimation with variable thickness. Brass transmission factors for 6, 9, and 12 MeV electron beams were measured and used to determine the skin collimation clinically acceptable thickness. Dosimetric performance of the variable thickness skin collimation was evaluated for 9 MeV electrons within a rectilinear water-equivalent phantom and a water-filled head phantom. Results showed the variable thickness skin collimation is dosimetrically equivalent to the uniform thickness collimation. Favorable dosimetric advantages for brass skin collimation for small electron fields were achieved.
Title: Machined brass skin collimation with variable thickness for electron therapy.
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Name(s): Gomez, Facenda Alianna, author
Ouhib, Zoubir, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Department of Physics
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2021
Date Issued: 2021
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 75 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: Skin collimation in electron therapy ensures sharper penumbra and maximal protection to adjacent critical structures. It also provides a better clinical dose to the target and avoids recurrences at the periphery. The thickness of the electron skin collimation must be adequate for shielding purposes, not too thick to cause discomfort to the patient and be conformal to the skin. This study assessed the clinical potential of machined brass skin collimation with variable thickness. Brass transmission factors for 6, 9, and 12 MeV electron beams were measured and used to determine the skin collimation clinically acceptable thickness. Dosimetric performance of the variable thickness skin collimation was evaluated for 9 MeV electrons within a rectilinear water-equivalent phantom and a water-filled head phantom. Results showed the variable thickness skin collimation is dosimetrically equivalent to the uniform thickness collimation. Favorable dosimetric advantages for brass skin collimation for small electron fields were achieved.
Identifier: FA00013731 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (PMS)--Florida Atlantic University, 2021.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Subject(s): Skin
Radiotherapy
Electron beams
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