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    Practical guidelines that are not explicit in the TG-51 protocol and its Addendum for photon beam dosimetry are presented for the implementation of the TG-51 protocol for reference dosimetry of external high-energy photon and electron beams. These guidelines pertain to: (i) measurement of depth-ionization curves required to obtain beam quality specifiers for the selection of beam quality conversion factors, (ii) considerations for the dosimetry system and specifications of a reference-class ionization chamber, (iii) commissioning a dosimetry system and frequency of measurements, (iv) positioning/aligning the water tank and ionization chamber for depth ionization and reference dose measurements, (v) requirements for ancillary equipment needed to measure charge (triaxial cables and electrometers) and to correct for environmental conditions, and (vi) translation from dose at the reference depth to that at the depth required by the treatment planning system. Procedures are identified to achieve the most accurate results (errors up to 8% have been observed) and, where applicable, a commonly used simplified procedure is described and the impact on reference dosimetry measurements is discussed so that the medical physicist can be informed on where to allocate resources. © 2022 American Association of Physicists in Medicine.


    Bryan Muir, Wesley Culberson, Stephen Davis, Grace Gwe-Ya Kim, Sung-Woo Lee, Jessica Lowenstein, James Renaud, Arman Sarfehnia, Jeffrey Siebers, Laurent Tantôt, Naresh Tolani. AAPM WGTG51 Report 374: Guidance for TG-51 reference dosimetry. Medical physics. 2022 Nov;49(11):6739-6764

    PMID: 36000424

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