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Multileaf collimator interleaf transmission.

Authors
  • Balog, J P
  • Mackie, T R
  • Wenman, D L
  • Glass, M
  • Fang, G
  • Pearson, D
Type
Published Article
Journal
Medical Physics
Publisher
Wiley (John Wiley & Sons)
Publication Date
Feb 01, 1999
Volume
26
Issue
2
Pages
176–186
Identifiers
PMID: 10076971
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Multileaf collimators (MLCs) have advanced past their original design purpose as a replacement for field shaping cerrobend blocks. Typically, MLCs incorporate an interlocking tongue-and-groove design between adjacent leaves to minimize leakage between leaves. They are beginning to be used to provide intensity modulation for conformal three-dimensional radiation therapy. It is possible that a critical target volume may receive an underdose due to the region of overlap if adjacent leaves are allowed to alternate between the open and closed positions, as they might if intensity modulation is employed. This work demonstrates the magnitude of that effect for a commercially available one-dimensional temporally modulated MLC. The magnitude of the transmission between leaves as a function of leaf separation was also studied, as well as the transmission as a function of leaf rotation away from the source. The results of this work were used for the design of a tomotherapy MLC. The radiation leakage considerations for a tomotherapy MLC are discussed.

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