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Field Output Correction Factors of Stereotactic Cones for a Diode Detector: Dependence on Cone Size, Measurement Setup, Reference Field Size and Photon Energy
Yongsook C. Lee and Yongbok Kim

This study investigated if field output correction factors (FOCFs) of Varian stereotactic cones for Edge detector™ had dependence on cone size, measurement setup, reference field size and/or photon energy. Field output factors (FOFs) of stereotactic cones were measured at three depths (1.5 cm, 5 cm and 10 cm) in two different setups (source-to-surface distance (SSD) and source-to-axis distance (SAD)) with two photon energies (6 MV and 6 MV flattening filter free) using the Edge detector and Exradin® W2 scintillator. Two reference fields (10 × 10 cm2 and 4 × 4 cm2) were chosen. FOCFs for the Edge detector were determined by calculating FOFW2/FOFEdge and compared among cones and between depths, setups, reference fields and energies. It is concluded that FOCFs for the Edge detector have dependence on cone size, SSD/SAD setup and energy for small cones, but do not have dependence on depth and reference field size.

Keywords: Field output correction factors, stereotactic cones, Edge detector, field output factors, Exradin W2 scintillator

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