Monte Carlo Method in Radiation Oncology

Monte Carlo simulation as applied to the radiological sciences is an important analysis tool for modeling the transport of neutral (photons or neutrons) or charged (electrons or protons) particles based upon the probability distribution for radiation interaction with matter.

The physics group is currently using the MCNPX, GEANT4, and TOPAS simulation packages to analyze a variety of radiation transport problems.

“Shielding implications for secondary neutrons and photons produced within the patient during IMPT”, J. DeMarco, P. Kupelian, A. Santhanam, D. Low (Accepted with modifications to Medical Physics, 2013.

“Incorporating DICOM RT Planning Objects into the MCNPX Monte Carlo code: Applications for IMPT Treatment Planning”, J. DeMarco, P. Kupelian, A. Santhanam, T. Dou, D. Low (Accepted for poster presentation, PTCOG 52, Essen Germany (2013).