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Multistep lattice-voxel method utilizing lattice function for Monte-Carlo treatment planning with pixel based voxel model

Kumada, Hiroaki*; Saito, Kimiaki  ; Nakamura, Takemi  ; Sakae, Takeji*; Sakurai, Hideyuki*; Matsumura, Akira*; Ono, Koji*

In treatment planning for BNCT, Monte-Carlo method for the dose calculation is being generally applied. For JCDS-FX as a new treatment planning system, PHITS, a multi-purpose Monte-Carlo code has been employed to dose calculation. For the dose calculation for a human body, JCDS-FX can make a precise voxel model consisting of pixel based voxel cells like 0.4$$times$$0.4$$times$$2.0 mm$$^{3}$$ voxel in order to perform high-accuracy dose estimation. However, the miniaturization of the voxel size causes calculation time to increase. The aim of this study is to investigate sophisticated modeling method which can perform Monte-Carlo calculation for human geometry efficiently. Thus, we devised a new voxel modeling method "Multistep lattice-voxel method" which can configure a voxel model that combines different voxel sizes by utilizing the lattice function over and over. To verify the performance of the calculation with the modeling method, several calculations for human geometry were carried out. The verification results demonstrated that the Multistep lattice-voxel method enabled the precise voxel model to reduce calculation time substantially while keeping the high-accuracy dose estimation.



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