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WE-G-BRA-04: the development of a virtual reality dosimetry training platform for physics training

Beavis, A; Ward, J


A Beavis

J Ward


Purpose: Recently there has been a great deal of interest in the application of Simulation methodologies for training. We have previously developed a Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training, VERT, which simulates a fully interactive and functional Linac. Patient and plan data can be accessed across a DICOM interface, allowing the treatment process to be simulated. Here we present a newly developed range of Physics equipment, which allows the user to undertake realistic QC processes. Five devices are available: 1) scanning water phantom, 2) 'solid water' QC block/ion chamber, 3) light/ radiation field coincidence phantom , 4) laser alignment phantom and 5) water based calibration phantom with reference class and 'departmental' ion chamber. Methods: The devices were created to operate realistically and function as expected, each has an associated control screen which provides control and feedback information. The dosimetric devices respond appropriately to the beam qualities available on the Linac. Geometrical characteristics of the Linac, e.g. isocentre integrity, laser calibration and jaw calibrations can have random errors introduced in order to enable the user learn and observe fault conditions. In the calibration module appropriate factors for temperature and pressure must be set to correct for ambient, simulated, room conditions. Results: The dosimetric devices can be used to characterise the Linac beams. Depth doses with Dmax of 15mm/29mm and d10 of 67%/77% respectively for 10cm square 6/15MV beams were measured. The Quality Indices (TPR20/10 ratios) can be measured as 0.668 and 0.761 respectively. Conclusions: At a simple level the tools can be used to demonstrate beam divergence or the effect of the inverse square law; They are also designed to be used to simulate the calibration of a new ion chamber. We have developed a novel set of tools that allow education of Physics processes via simulation training in our virtual environment. Both Authors are Founders and Directors of Vertual Ltd, a spin-out company that exists to commericalise the results of the research work presented in this abstract.


Beavis, A., & Ward, J. (2012). WE-G-BRA-04: the development of a virtual reality dosimetry training platform for physics training. Medical physics, 39(6Part28), 3969-3969.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 30, 2012
Online Publication Date Jun 28, 2012
Publication Date 2012-06
Print ISSN 0094-2405
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 6Part28
Pages 3969-3969
Keywords General Medicine
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