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A Parameter study of pencil beam proton dose distributions for the treatment of ocular melanoma utilizing spot scanning

Sutherland, K.*; Miyajima, Satoshi*; Date, Hiroyuki*; Shirato, Hiroki*; Ishikawa, Masayori*; Murakami, Masao*; Yamagiwa, Mitsuru; Bolton, P.; Tajima, Toshiki

Results of Monte Carlo calculated dose distributions of proton treatment of ocular melanoma are presented. An efficient spot-scanning method utilizing active energy modulation which also minimizes the number of target spots was developed. We simulated various parameter values for the particle energy spread and the pencil-beam diameter in order to determine values suitable for medical treatment. We found that a 2.5-mm-diameter proton beam with a 5% Gaussian energy spread is suitable for treatment of ocular melanoma while preserving vision for the typical case that we simulated. The energy spectra and required proton current were also calculated and are reported. The results are intended to serve as a guideline for a new class of low-cost, compact accelerators.



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