Implementation and verification of nuclear interactions in a Monte-Carlo code for the Procom-ProGam proton therapy planning system
1 Institute of Experimental and Theoretical Physics, Russia, Moscow
2 Zababakhin RFNC-VNIITF, Russia, Snezhinsk
* S.I. Samarin email@example.com
A great breakthrough in proton therapy has happened in the new century: several tens of dedicated centers are now operated throughout the world and their number increases every year. An important component of proton therapy is a treatment planning system. To make calculations faster, these systems usually use analytical methods whose reliability and accuracy do not allow the advantages of this method of treatment to implement to the full extent. Predictions by the Monte Carlo (MC) method are a “gold” standard for the verification of calculations with these systems. At the Institute of Experimental and Theoretical Physics (ITEP) which is one of the eldest proton therapy centers in the world, an MC code is an integral part of their treatment planning system. This code which is called IThMC was developed by scientists from RFNC-VNIITF (Snezhinsk) under ISTC Project 3563.
Key words: Nuclear reactions / proton therapy / Monte Carlo method
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