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Journal of Radiotherapy
Volume 2014, Article ID 343979, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/343979
Research Article

FLUKA Monte Carlo for Basic Dosimetric Studies of Dual Energy Medical Linear Accelerator

1Department of Physics, University & INFN of Torino, Via P.Giuria, 10125 Torino, Italy
2Department of Radiation Therapy, HCG-Dr. Balabhai Nanavati Hospital, Vile Parle (West), Mumbai 400 056, India
3Department of Physics, Noorul Islam Centre for Higher Education, Kumaracoil, Thuckalay, Kanyakumari District, Tamilnadu 629 180, India
4Department of Physics, University of Calicut, Thenhipalam, Kerala 673635, India
5Department of Radiation Therapy, K.S Hegde Medical Academy, Nitte University, Deralakatte, Mangalore, Karnataka 575018, India
6Department of Radiation Therapy, AJ Cancer Institute-Kuntikana, Mangalore, Karnataka 575004, India

Received 29 January 2014; Revised 9 July 2014; Accepted 9 July 2014; Published 24 July 2014

Academic Editor: Tibor Major

Copyright © 2014 K. Abdul Haneefa et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

General purpose Monte Carlo code for simulation of particle transport is used to study the basic dosimetric parameters like percentage depth dose and dose profiles and compared with the experimental measurements from commercial dual energy medical linear accelerator. Varian Clinac iX medical linear accelerator with dual energy photon beams (6 and 15 MV) is simulated using FLUKA. FLAIR is used to visualize and edit the geometry. Experimental measurements are taken for 100 cm source-to-surface (SSD) in 50 × 50 × 50 cm3 PTW water phantom using 0.12 cc cylindrical ionization chamber. Percentage depth dose for standard square field sizes and dose profiles for various depths are studied in detail. The analysis was carried out using ROOT (a DATA analysis frame work developed at CERN) system. Simulation result shows good agreement in percentage depth dose and beam profiles with the experimental measurements for Varian Clinac iX dual energy medical linear accelerator.