Software tool for portal dosimetry research

  • P. Vial
  • P. Hunt
  • P. B. Greer
  • L. Oliver
  • C. Baldock
Technical Note


This paper describes a software tool developed for research into the use of an electronic portal imaging device (EPID) to verify dose for intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) beams. A portal dose image prediction (PDIP) model that predicts the EPID response to IMRT beams has been implemented into a commercially available treatment planning system (TPS). The software tool described in this work was developed to modify the TPS PDIP model by incorporating correction factors into the predicted EPID image to account for the difference in EPID response to open beam radiation and multileaf collimator (MLC) transmitted radiation. The processes performed by the software tool include; i) read the MLC file and the PDIP from the TPS, ii) calculate the fraction of beam-on time that each point in the IMRT beam is shielded by MLC leaves, iii) interpolate correction factors from look-up tables, iv) create a corrected PDIP image from the product of the original PDIP and the correction factors and write the corrected image to file, v) display, analyse, and export various image datasets. The software tool was developed using the Microsoft Visual Studio. NET framework with the C# compiler. The operation of the software tool was validated. This software provided useful tools for EPID dosimetry research, and it is being utilised and further developed in ongoing EPID dosimetry and IMRT dosimetry projects.

Key words

amorphous silicon EPID portal dosimetry intensity modulated 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Vial
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • P. Hunt
    • 2
  • P. B. Greer
    • 4
    • 5
  • L. Oliver
    • 2
    • 3
  • C. Baldock
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Medical PhysicsLiverpool and Macarthur Cancer Therapy CentresSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Royal North Shore HospitalSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Institute of Medical Physics, School of PhysicsUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  4. 4.Calvary Mater Newcastle HospitalNewcastleAustralia
  5. 5.University of NewcastleNewcastleAustralia

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