The performance and magnetic shielding of a 6 MV in-line linac in a parallel linac-MR configuration

  • Author / Creator
    Santos, Dan Michael Uson
  • To achieve real-time image-guided radiation therapy, the integration of a linear accelerator (linac) with a magnetic resonance (MR) imager has been proposed. This thesis presents work that investigated performance and magnetic shielding of a linac in the presence of parallel magnetic flux densities. This work used computer simulations and numerical techniques such as finite element and particle tracking algorithms. It showed that a linac can operate with only a 17 ± 1 % target current lost and maintain its treatment beam’s symmetry in the presence of 0.011 T parallel magnetic flux densities. Furthermore, the target current lost is the result of the altered electron gun optics when parallel magnetic flux densities are present. Minimal magnetic shielding (such as a 5-mm-thick, 146.5-mm-long passive shield or a pair of active shield coils with 625 and 430 A turns) around the electron gun and waveguide was demonstrated to recover this lost target current.

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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Oncology
  • Specialization
    • Medical Physics
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Steciw, Stephen (Oncology)
    • Fallone, Gino (Oncology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Marchand, Richard (Physics)
    • Steciw, Stephen (Oncology)
    • Fallone, Gino (Oncology)