The purpose of this study was to evaluate the triple channel correction acquisition (TCCA) method for radiochromic film dosimetry performed with a flatbed scanner. The study had two parts: a fundamental and a clinical examination. In the fundamental examination, we evaluated the accuracy of calibration curves for Gafchromic EBT2 (EBT2). The films were calibrated using a field-by-field method with 13 dose steps. Seven calibration curves obtained by TCCA were compared with those produced by a single channel acquisition (SCA) method. For the clinical examination, we compared relative dose distributions obtained by TCCA and SCA for four cases of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and intensity-modulated arc therapy (IMAT). The fundamental examination showed that the consistency of the calibration curves was better for TCCA than for SCA, particularly for the dose range between 0.25 Gy and 1.00 Gy. The clinical examination showed that the dose differences between the measured and calculated doses in high-gradient regions were smaller with TCCA than with SCA. The average pass rates in gamma analysis for the TCCA and SCA methods were 97.2 ± 0.8 (n = 20) and 93.0 ± 1.2 (n = 20), respectively. In conclusion, TCCA can acquire accurate average dose values when creating the calibration curve. The potential advantage of TCCA for EBT2 film dosimetry was seen in high-gradient regions in clinically relevant IMRT and IMAT cases. TCCA is useful to verify dose distribution.
- Triple channel correction
- dose verification
- film dosimetry
- intensity-modulated radiation therapy
- radiochromic film