Background and purpose: With the development of flattening filter-free linear accelerators for radiotherapy, the instantaneous dose rate has increased by approximately a factor 4. This leads to the question of whether there may be a radiobiological consequence. The present study investigates the radiobiological effect of this high instantaneous dose rate on two cell lines.
Materials and methods: A Varian Trilogy TX linear accelerator was used to directly compare the effect of three different dose rates (5.01, 9.99 and 29.91 Gy/min, with instantaneous dose rates in the pulse of 56.5, 112.8 and 338 Gy/s) on clonogenic survival. V79 and FaDu(DD) cells were irradiated with doses in a range from 1 to 10 Gy in order to obtain dose response curves.
Results: For both cell lines, there is not observed any effect of the instantaneous dose rate on cell survival.
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