Tim Fulcher, Richard A Amos, Hywel Owen, Rob Edgecock
In proton therapy both the energy, which determines the range, and the distal slope, which reflects the rate at which the protons decelerate, are of import if we are to ensure accurate dose deposition and maximum tissue sparing. This publication describes a Geant4 model and presents a two-dimensional polynomial relationship between energy, the energy spread and the distal slope for beams with Gaussian energy spectra for proton therapy. This simple polynomial relationship will be useful for non-invasive or minimally invasive near real-time monitoring of the energy and energy spread of a proton therapy beam.
Comments: 16 pages, 13 figures