A convolution model for energy transport in a therapeutic fast neutron beam

Michael Farley Moyers, The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston


A three-dimensional model has been proposed that uses Monte Carlo and fast Fourier transform convolution techniques to calculate the dose distribution from a fast neutron beam. This method transports scattered neutrons and photons in the forward, lateral, and backward directions and protons, electrons, and positrons in the forward and lateral directions by convolving energy spread kernels with initial interaction available energy distributions. The primary neutron and photon spectrums have been derived from narrow beam attenuation measurements. The positions and strengths of the effective primary neutron, scattered neutron, and photon sources have been derived from dual ion chamber measurements. The size of the effective primary neutron source has been measured using a copper activation technique. Heterogeneous tissue calculations require a weighted sum of two convolutions for each component since the kernels must be invariant for FFT convolution. Comparisons between calculations and measurements were performed for several water and heterogeneous phantom geometries.

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Moyers, Michael Farley, "A convolution model for energy transport in a therapeutic fast neutron beam" (1991). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI9202791.