FLUKA particle therapy tool for Monte Carlo independent calculation of scanned proton and carbon ion beam therapy

Phys Med Biol. 2019 Mar 29;64(7):075012. doi: 10.1088/1361-6560/ab02cb.


While Monte Carlo (MC) codes are considered as the gold standard for dosimetric calculations, the availability of user friendly MC codes suited for particle therapy is limited. Based on the FLUKA MC code and its graphical user interface (GUI) Flair, we developed an easy-to-use tool which enables simple and reliable simulations for particle therapy. In this paper we provide an overview of functionalities of the tool and with the presented clinical, proton and carbon ion therapy examples we demonstrate its reliability and the usability in the clinical environment and show its flexibility for research purposes. The first, easy-to-use FLUKA MC platform for particle therapy with GUI functionalities allows a user with a minimal effort and reduced knowledge about MC details to apply MC at their facility and is expected to enhance the popularity of the MC for both research and clinical quality assurance and commissioning purposes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Chordoma / radiotherapy*
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Heavy Ion Radiotherapy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Monte Carlo Method*
  • Proton Therapy / methods*
  • Radiometry
  • Radiotherapy Dosage
  • Radiotherapy Planning, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Reproducibility of Results