Oct 15 – 22, 2009
Laboratori Nazionali del Sud - INFN
Europe/Rome timezone

Recent developments and features in Hadrontherapy advanced example

Oct 16, 2009, 2:52 PM
Room "Azzurra" (Laboratori Nazionali del Sud - INFN)

Room "Azzurra"

Laboratori Nazionali del Sud - INFN

Via S. Sofia 62, Catania (I)
Oral presentation Users Workshop Users' Workshop Parallel Session VI - Medical


Dr Giuseppe Antonio Pablo Cirrone (INFN - LNS)


Hadrontherapy is an advanced example of Geant4 toolkit. Hadrontherapy application was originally developed to simulate a well specified proton therapy facility: the passive transport beam line installed at Laboratori Nazionali del Sud (INFN) in Catania, Italy. In the recent past, Hadrontherapy went through different modifies. Nowadays, Hadrontherapy is a multifaceted and more flexible application showing many additional capabilities in the ion radiotherapy field. Our idea is to transform Hadrontherapy into a multi-modules application able to retrieve information of interest for proton-ion radiotherapy. The multi-modules scheme is a power tool that permits to use and integrate different independent components. For example, the source module is dedicated to simulate the characteristics of the initial beam. The geometrical module consents to employ different geometrical setups completely interchangeable switching between different geometrical configurations: passive/active proton beam line and a radiobiological carbon beam line. In the actual version only a 'passive beam line set-up' is available but new geometrical setups will be added in the next future. The detector module allows the simulation of a typical radiotherapy phantom divided in voxel. In the physics module are implemented the electromagnetic and hadronic physical model. And, in the data module all the physical and biological information (like dose, fluence, LET, etc) are collected


Recent improvements have been introduced in Hadrontherapy advanced example as the possibility to calculate the LET and to switch between different geometrical configurations for proton and ion radiotherapy


Hadrontherapy, Radiotherapy, LET

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Primary authors

Dr Francesco Di Rosa (INFN - LNS) Dr Francesco Romano (INFN - LNS) Dr Giacomo Cuttone (INFN - LNS) Dr Giuseppe Antonio Pablo Cirrone (INFN - LNS) Dr Santi Enrico Mazzaglia (INFN - LNS)


Dr Kaitaniemi Pekka (CEA/Saclay)

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