HomeThe Manila Journal of Sciencevol. 8 no. 1 (2012)

Monte Carlo N-Particle Method Dose Calculations Using Gold Nanoparticles in Cobalt-60 Radiation Therapy

J.t.p. Cruz | A.l. Rodriguez | J.d. Trono

Discipline: Chemistry



In this paper, amplification in dose due to the presence of gold nanoparticles was quantified using Monte Carlo N-Particle (MCNP) simulation. Simulation models included the irradiation of a 30 cm × 30 cm × 15 cm pure-water—volume phantom with a beam of 1.17 MeV and 1.33 MeV Cobalt spectral emissions as source. Planar and concentric water panel detectors placed at a distance of intervals of 0.1 cm from the center and the surface were used to obtain radial and depth doses within. To verify the accuracy of the program codes and the phantom specifications used, baseline data using water phantom were compared to calibration data. Amplification in irradiation of a water phantom with spherical tumor and irradiation of a water phantom with varying concentrations GNP-embedded tumor was also determined. Statistical comparisons were done using analysis of variance (ANOVA) and T-test to determine the relationships among the data parameters garnered. As expected, GNPs amplified radiation dose through photoelectric effect showing an increase of 0.407% for 1 mg/g and 8.54% for 7 mg/g GNP concentrations. 1 mg/g and 7 mg/g GNP concentrations recorded 68.68% and 104.81% difference, respectively, in comparison with planar doses achieved in model B. A percent of difference of 128.51%, on the other hand, was obtained when planar doses of 1 mg/g and 7 mg/g GNP-concentrations were compared.