Pre-clinical and clinical evaluation of the HYPERSCINT plastic scintillation dosimetry research platform for in vivo dosimetry during radiotherapy

Imke Schoepper, Sonja Dieterich, Earl Alonzo Trestrail, Michael Sean Kent

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Purpose: The purpose of this work is to evaluate the Hyperscint-RP100 scintillation dosimetry research platform (Hyperscint-RP100, Medscint Inc., Quebec, QC, Canada) designed for clinical quality assurance (QA) for use in in vivo dosimetry measurements. Methods: The pre-clinical evaluation of the scintillator was performed using a Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator. Dependency on field size, depth, dose, dose rate, and temperature were evaluated in a water tank and compared to calibration data from commissioning and annual QA. Angularity was evaluated with a 3D printed phantom. The clinical evaluation was first performed in two cadaver dogs, and then in three companion animal dogs receiving radiation therapy for nasal tumors. A treatment planning CT scan was performed for cadavers and clinical patients. Prior to treatment, the probe was inserted into the radiation field. Radiation was then delivered and measured with the scintillator. For cadavers, the treatment was repeated after making an intentional shift in patient position to simulate a treatment error. Results: In the preclinical measurements the dose differed from annual measurements as follows: field size −0.77 to 0.43%, depth dose −0.36 to 1.14%, dose −0.54 to 2.93%, dose rate 0.3 to 3.6%, and angularity −1.18 to 0.01%. Temperature dependency required a correction factor of 0.11%/°C. In the two cadavers, the dose differed by −1.17 to 0.91%. The device correctly detected the treatment error when the heads were intentionally laterally shifted. In three canine clinical patients treated in multiple fractions, the detected dose ranged from 98.33 to 103.15%. Conclusion: Results of this new device are promising although more work is necessary to fully validate it for clinical dosimetry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
StateAccepted/In press - 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • In vivo dosimetry
  • plastic scintillators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Instrumentation
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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