QA BeamChecker+

QA BeamChecker+



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Fast, reliable and uncomplicated daily QA

The QA BeamChecker Plus uses a unique Wire-Free system which allows a therapist or physicist to perform daily linear accelerator, TomoTherapy, IMAT, or VMAT QA measurements without using any cables or PC software interface. No matter what treatment machine used, it has never been this easy to perform daily QA.

To achieve this, the QA BeamChecker Plus employs a unique baseline system to establish a starting point for beam comparison and identification. The following parameters are tested for each treatment type:

 

Linear Accelerator (Static 5 Channel Mode):

  • Constancy
  • Flatness
  • Axial Symmetry
  • Transverse Symmetry

 

TomoTherapy Hi•Art System® Mode:

  • Energy Constancy
  • Lateral Profile Constancy
  • Output Constancy (Center)
  • Output Constancy (Left)
  • Output Constancy (Right)

 

IMAT & VMAT (Dynamic 5 Channel Mode):

  • Output Constancy (Center)
  • Output Constancy (Left)
  • Output Constancy (Right)
  • Output Constancy (Top)
  • Output Constancy (Bottom)

 

 

Setup

For linear accelerators, baselines are created each photon and electron energy. For TomoTherapy, multiple plans for testing static and dynamic exposures of different jaw widths can be established. For other rotational modalities and dynamic wedge QA, multiple plans can be used for different energies and configurations. The exposures should match what will be provided on a routine basis. Once completed, the QA BeamChecker Plus will be ready for Software-Free daily QA operation.

 

Daily Usage

The QA BeamChecker Plus is placed on the treatment couch in same position as during the baseline measurement and the on-board controls are used to select photons, electrons, or the plan desired for measurement.

If the energy passes, the QA BeamChecker Plus automatically resets after a brief period and readies itself for the next exposure. Once all energies of one type are completed (photon or electron), the unit is simply flipped over to utilize the appropriate integrated build-up. 1.5 cm of water equivalent build-up is provided on the electron side, 3.5 cm on the photon side. When the routine is completed, the QA BeamChecker Plus is placed onto its included cradle for a recharge and link to the PC. Periodically, QA data can be transferred to a database for trending and analysis.

 

Specifications
REF Number 90501
Current Released Version 2.2.2
Height 6.15 cm (2.42 in)
Width 30.86 cm (12.15 in)
Length 40.64 cm (16 in)
Weight 5.0 (11 lbs)
Height (Power/Data Cradle) 7.16 cm (2.82 in)
Width (Power/Data Cradle) 10.16 cm (4.0 in)
Length (Power/Data Cradle) 29.21 cm (11.50 in)
Weight (Power/Data Cradle) 1.8 kg (4 lbs)
8 Vented Ionization Chambers, Fully Guarded One center detector
Four quadrant detectors, 7.5 cm from center
Three energy identification chambers
Chamber Volume 0.6 cm3
Parallel Plate Separation 4.0 mm
Collection Electrode 1.39 cm diameter
Inherent Buildup Photons: 3.5 cm water-equivalent material
Electrons: 1.5 cm water-equivalent material
Radiation Measured Photons: 60Co to 25 MV
Electrons: 6 MeV to 25 MeV
Muliple Vault Capability Up to 9 rooms, any combination of linear accelerator or Rotational systems
Temperature and Pressure Measurement Precision sensor on board, automatic compensation
Pressure Range, Resolution 600 - 800 mmHg, 0.1 mmHg
Temperature Range, Resolution 10 - 40 °C, 0.1 °C
Light Field Alignment 20 cm x 20 cm alignment grid for easy setup
TomoTherapy Alignment Three 2 mm embedded lead BBs, top, rear, side alignment marks
Real Time Clock Date and time stamp for all measurements for easy setup
Internal Memory Store 512 data points before transfer required
Power/Data Cradle Interface for battery charging and serial communications
Two 9 pin serial cables provided, 7.6 m (25 ft) and 33 m (100 ft)
Battery 1.3 Ah SLA, provides approximately 4 hours of continuous use
Charger Input 90 - 240 VAC, 50-60 hz, IEC 60601-1 approved wall mounted power supply
Operating System Microsoft® Windows® 2000 SP4
Microsoft® Windows® XP SP2 or higher
Microsoft® Windows® Vista SP1 or higher
Microsoft® Windows® 7
Processor Intel® or AMD®, 350 MHz or greater
Memory 64 MB (256 MB recommended)
Hard Drive 50 MB or greater
Screen Resolution 800 x 600 (1024 x 768 recommended)
CD-ROM Drive 2X speed or greater
Other Requirements One available serial port
Options Gantry Mount (REF 70500)
Additional Power/Data Cradle (REF 70502)
Serial to USB adapter (REF 70503)
Leveling Platform, for TomoTherapy® Use (REF 70505)
Bluetooth Adapter Kit (REF 70504)
Product Standards CE0413