MCNP modeling of prostate brachytherapy and organ dosimetry
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Using the computer code Monte Carlo N-Particle (MCNP), doses were calculated for organs of interest such as the large intestine, urinary bladder, testes, and kidneys while patients were undergoing prostate brachytherapy. This research is important because the doses delivered to the prostate are extremely high and the organs near the prostate are potentially at risk for receiving high doses of radiation, leading to increased probabilities of adverse health effects such as cancer. In this research, two MCNP version 4C codes were used to calculate the imparted energies to the organs of interest delivered by 125I and 103Pd. As expected, the organs nearest to the prostate received the highest energy depositions and the organs farthest from the prostate received the lowest energy depositions. Once the energy depositions were calculated, the doses to the organs were calculated using the known volumes and densities of the organs. Finally, the doses to the organs over an infinite time period were calculated.
Usgaonker, Susrut Rajanikant (2005). MCNP modeling of prostate brachytherapy and organ dosimetry. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from