(the dose at any point in V) E = Expectation Value of energy imparted in the volume V m = Mass in the volume V The dose is distributed and deposited by the electrons Definition of Dose D = E/ m [Gy J/kg]
LCSC - 01 Thermal effect: A dose of 10 Gy absorbed in tissue is equivalent to a temperature increase of approximately 0.002 degrees C The effects of Radiation Clinical effect: LD50 for whole body irradiation is 10 Gy.
LCSC - 01 Direct Action Path lengths for electrons in the range 0.01 - 1.0 MeV in water is 0.003 mm - 4 mm. diameter of a cell 0.01 mm diameter of cell nucleus 0.001 mm Action must occur within the DNA. Increased dose = increased likelihood of interaction with the DNA. LET = Linear Energy Transfer
LCSC - 01 Order of Events 1. Diagnosis 2. Acquiring diagnostical/anatomical images 3. Determining the required dose 4. Simulation of dose delivery 5. Dose delivery 6. Dose verification
LCSC - 01 Simulation of dose delivery (Measurement in vivo is difficult/impossible) Models Empirical / Semiempirical / Phenomenological Analytical Stochastic simulation Accuracy = f( time, clinical information needed, clinical reality, …)
LCSC - 01 201 narrow beams intersecting in one point Patient rigidly (invasively) fixed to the treatment unit Sources (Co-60) fixed, i.e. not moving. 4 different collimators (helmets): 4,8,14 & 18 mm
Dose Simulation (revisited) Dose is a function of: Tissue in, and around, the beam path and the target Location of target Type of radiation (spectrum) Intensity Irradiation Time Ideal Simulation Characteristics: Fast, accurate, simple and requiring a minimum of clinical data.
LCSC - 01 Monte Carlo Simulation The tracks are stocastically generated: i.e.the path lengths, the types and the details of the interactions undergone are all sampled from the physical models (distributions) describing these interactions. One history is the sum total of all effects caused by one photon; such as generation of secondary particles and their energy deposition. A “good” random number generator is needed. My PC: 250 histories/s Real source: 10 12 photons/s
LCSC - 01 Random Number Generators, some remarks Or, rather “Pseudo” Random Number Generators, since the computer algorithms generating the sequences are strictly deterministic. The same seed will genrate the same sequence of “random” numbers. An important “quality” of a Generator is a small correlation between the values in the sequence. Two radiation transport runs with the same seeds and the same number of particles will produce two sets of identical histories. The sequence of numbers generated by a random number generator is periodic. The longer the period, the better. For example, the RAND-function in FORTRAN 77 produces 32-bit floating point numbers uniformly distributed between 0 and 1, and with a period of the order of 10 18. Running the random number generator through a sequence longer than its period will duplicate histories. No new information is obtained.
LCSC - 01 What will we use MCS for? Treatment planning Radiation protection/safety Dose to other parts of the body (radiation milieu) Design of effective beam shaping “Dynamical” dose delivery
LCSC - 01 Treatment Planning And then some numbers: Loading the phase space file with 10 million particles per channel (100 days on my PC !), and using 28 bytes per particle, results in a phase space file of approx. 50-100 GB. The clinical data set (MR / Voxels): 100 slices x 0.5MB/slice => 50 MB. “Releasing” the particles in the phase space file is estimated to require approx. 100 days on my PC. Desired calculation time …. 1 second/shot !
LCSC - 01 Design of effective beam shaping Requirement: A final dose distribution with a set of desired characteristics. Approx. Calculation time on my PC is 3 weeks. Size of data set, < 50 MB.
LCSC - 01 Radiation milieu Phase space surfaces Effects due to changes to shielding? Dose to various parts of the body ? Data set size can be huge! Calc. time,..,?
LCSC - 01 Parallel computation Random number generators for parallel computation (the Leapfrog Method). Cluster architecture: Using available PC-network Dedicated cluster Buying computer time (NSC)