Simulations of microdosimetric quantities with the Monte Carlo code FLUKA for carbon ions at therapeutic energies

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serval:BIB_9B3FCB844166
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Title
Simulations of microdosimetric quantities with the Monte Carlo code FLUKA for carbon ions at therapeutic energies
Journal
Int. J. Radiat. Biol.
Author(s)
Böhlen Till T., Dosanjh Manjit, Ferrari Alfredo, Gudowska Irena
ISSN
1362-3095
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2012
Volume
88
Number
1-2
Pages
176-182
Language
english
Abstract
PURPOSE: Microdosimetric quantities can be used to estimate the biological effectiveness of radiation fields. This study evaluates the capability of the general-purpose Monte Carlo code FLUKA to simulate microscopic patterns of energy depositions for mixed radiation fields which are created by carbon ions at therapeutic energies in phantoms.$\backslash$n$\backslash$nMATERIALS AND METHODS: Measured lineal energy spectra and linear energy transfer (LET) spectra produced by carbon ions of about 300 MeV/n at different depths in phantoms representing human tissue were chosen from published literature and were compared with results from simulations of the measurement set-ups with FLUKA.$\backslash$n$\backslash$nRESULTS: Simulations of the dose-weighted lineal energy spectra yd(y) and dose-weighted LET spectra describe the main features of the respective measured spectra. All simulated frequency mean and dose mean lineal energy values are, respectively, within 21% and 11% of the measured ones. A slight underestimation of fragment fluences is notable. It is shown that the simultaneous detection of several charged fragments in the TEPC (’V effect’) has considerable impact on the measured lineal energy spectra of fragments.$\backslash$n$\backslash$nCONCLUSIONS: Agreement between measurements and FLUKA results is encouraging and shows that FLUKA can predict microdosimetric spectra of mixed radiation fields created by therapeutic carbon ions in phantoms reasonably well.
Keywords
Humans, Monte Carlo Method, Carbon, Carbon: therapeutic use, Imaging, Linear Energy Transfer, Microtechnology, Microtechnology: methods, Phantoms, Radiometry
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