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Prototype 1.75 MV X-band linear accelerator testing for medical CT and industrial nondestructive testing applications
Author(s): James Clayton; Daniel Shedlock; Steven Vanderet; George Zentai; Josh Star-Lack; Richard LaFave; Gary Virshup
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Paper Abstract

Flat panel imagers based on amorphous silicon technology (a-Si) for digital radiography are accepted by the medical and industrial community as having several advantages over radiographic film-based systems. Use of Mega-voltage x-rays with these flat panel systems is applicable to both portal imaging for radiotherapy and for nondestructive testing (NDT) and security applications. In the medical field, one potential application that has not been greatly explored is to radiotherapy treatment planning. Currently, such conventional computed tomographic (CT) data acquired at kV energies is used to help delineate tumor targets and normal structures that are to be spared during treatment. CT number accuracy is crucial for radiotherapy dose calculations. Conventional CT scanners operating at kV X-ray energies typically exhibit significant image reconstruction artifacts in the presence of metal implants in human body. Using the X-ray treatment beams, having energies typically ≥6MV, to acquire the CT data may not be practical if it is desired to maintain contrast sensitivity at a sufficiently low dose. Nondestructive testing imaging systems can expand their application space with the development of the higher energy accelerator for use in pipeline, and casting inspection as well as certain cargo screening applications that require more penetration. A new prototype x-band BCL designed to operate up to 1.75 MV has been designed built and tested. The BCL was tested with a prototype portal imager and medical phantoms to determine artifact reductions and a PaxScan 2530HE industrial imager to demonstrate resolution is maintained and penetration is improved.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9438, Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2015, 943813 (23 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2084394
Show Author Affiliations
James Clayton, Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (United States)
Daniel Shedlock, Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (United States)
Steven Vanderet, Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (United States)
George Zentai, Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (United States)
Josh Star-Lack, Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (United States)
Richard LaFave, Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (United States)
Gary Virshup, Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9438:
Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2015
Tribikram Kundu, Editor(s)

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