Title

Daily QA™ 3 User’s Guide
Daily QA Accelerated
Model 1093

Your Most Valuable QA & Dosimetry Tools
User’s Guide, Daily QA 3™

Copyright © 2006-2016 by Sun Nuclear Corporation. All rights reserved.
The information contained in this guide and the accompanying software program are copyrighted
and all rights are reserved by Sun Nuclear Corporation. Copying, duplicating, selling, or otherwise
distributing any part of this product without the prior written consent of Sun Nuclear Corporation
is prohibited.
Sun Nuclear Corporation reserves the right to make periodic modifications to this guide without
obligation to notify any person or entity of such revision.
This guide is written for:
PC software: version 2.5.4
Database version 1.4
Firmware: version 1.7.0 (compatible with all printed circuit board revisions)
Daily QA™ 3, Daily QA Check 2™, PROFILER™ 2, TomoDose™, IMF™ and GMF™ are trademarks
of Sun Nuclear Corporation. Other trademarks or trade names are the property of their respective
owners.
The array calibration procedure for the instrument is protected by U.S. Patent No. 6125335.
Document 1093012, Rev L, 3 February 2017

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Preface

Intended Use

The Daily QA 3 is intended to measure and analyze the daily radiation output characteristics of an
external treatment machine (linac or Cobalt 60) before the start of daily treatment in a radiation
oncology center, and not for calibration of said machines.

CAUTION: Certain federal laws restrict this device to sale by or on the order of a qualified
radiation therapy professional, such as a medical dosimetrist, medical physicist, or
radiation oncologist.

Application

Every morning, the Daily QA 3 is positioned in a standard beam setup for measurement. The
parameters measured are: dose output, beam symmetry, beam flatness, beam energy, and light/
radiation field coincidence. These parameter measurements are compared to a reference value
using trend graph analysis in the Daily QA 3 software. If a measurement exceeds an action level,
an investigation of the cause will take place before treatment resumes for the day.

WARNING: Do not modify a patient’s treatment plan based only on the results from a
single QA device; but DO investigate the source of the error in the treatment delivery
device (TDD) or treatment planning system (TPS).

Quality and Regulatory Systems

Sun Nuclear meets worldwide standards, including ISO 13485, FDA 21 CFR 820 Quality System
Regulations, Health Canada's CMDCAS, and the European Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC.
Sun Nuclear is certified and authorized to affix the CE mark on products for marketing and
distribution in the Member States of the European Union.
Sun Nuclear’s quality systems registrar and European Notified Body for Class II medical products
is BSI. Sun Nuclear’s Class I medical products are listed in Europe with the Competent Authority
of the Netherlands.

Sun Nuclear Corporation is an ISO 13485 certified company.

Conventions

• Bold typeface indicates a button name or an entry that the user must type.
• Italicized typeface indicates the title of a manual, a cross-referenced subsection within this
manual, or introduces a new term or phrase.
• Bold italicized typeface indicates a menu option.
• “Text in double quotes” indicates a message that is displayed to the user.
• 'Text in single quotes' indicates the name of a window or dialog box.
• The “Z” suffix in a part number indicates a RoHS2 compliant part.

Preface iii
Health and Safety Instructions

WARNING: To avoid the risk of electric shock, this equipment must only be connected
to a supply mains with protective earth (ground).

CAUTION: Keep the electronics out of the direct beam. Exposing the Daily QA 3
electronics to direct radiation could void the warranty.

• The device may only be used with the medically approved power supply that is shipped with
the device.
• Inspect the instrument periodically for damage. If errors or damage are suspected, contact
Sun Nuclear Corporation.
• To protect insulation, never pull on a cable to disconnect it. Always grasp the plug or
connector. Do not use any power cord or power supply that is damaged or has broken
insulation.
• Do not route cables under or through the treatment room door in a way that would present a
tripping hazard.
• The instrument is not intended to be used in an oxygen-rich environment.
• Do not operate the instrument in any strong magnetic fields (i.e., MRI).

iv Preface
Contents
Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii QA Measurement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Intended Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii Preparing for Measurements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii Measurement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Quality and Regulatory Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii Printing Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Conventions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii Exporting Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Health and Safety Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv Support and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Maintaining Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Parts and Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
rf-Daily QA 3, P/N 1093000-1Z. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Daily QA 3, P/N 1093000-0Z . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Disposing and Recycling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Gantry Mount Accessory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Minimizing Radiation Damage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Upgrade Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Daily QA 3 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Backup Before Upgrade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Database Connection Troubleshooting . . . . . . 17
Upgrading Client Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Daily QA 3 End Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Conversion of Database Tables for Daily rf-Daily QA 3 End Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
QA 3 Software Version 2.5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 PDI Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
New Software Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Contacting Sun Nuclear Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Prerequisites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Support Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Step 1 – Install Database Software . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Step 2 – Install Client Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Hardware Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Recommended System Requirements . . . . . . . . 20
Charge rf-Daily QA 3 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Daily QA 3 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Cable Connections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 rf-Daily QA 3 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
rf-Daily QA 3 Wireless Connection . . . . . . . . 5 Software Reference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Daily QA 3 Wired Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Daily QA 3 Client Software Interface. . . . . . . . . . 23
Software Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 QA View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Add Users to the Database . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Scheme Tree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Launch Software and Connect to Database . . . . . . 7 Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Set Up Program Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Trend View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Graph Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Calibrate Temperature and Pressure – Daily Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
QA 2 and Daily QA 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Appendix A: Regulatory Supplement . . . . . . 27
Calibrate Absolute Dose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Sun Nuclear Corporation Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Absolute Dose Calibration Procedure . . . . . . 9 Operator Responsibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Calibrate Array . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Modifications to the Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Create a QA Test Plan, Site, Room, Machine, Environmental Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Template . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Operating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
QA Mode View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Radio Interference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Set Up the Scheme Tree, Physicist Role . . . . . .10 Reporting Health or Safety Related Issues or
Set Up Template for Beam Tracking . . . . . . . . . 11 Concerns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Baseline Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Australian Sponsor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Baseline QA Template. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Connection to External Computer Equipment . . 29
EMC Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

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vi Contents
1 Introduction
Description

Daily QA 3 captures the “beam print” of a radiation field by measuring radiation using ionization
chambers and diodes, arranged in a fixed pattern such that a reproducible setup will reveal
changes in beam characteristics. Trend analysis is performed with built-in database software.
Daily QA 3 software stores measurement results in a database that allows trend analysis of
measurements and report generation. The database can be centralized so that any network
computer running the Daily QA 3 client software can access the data.
Daily QA 3 software can also be used with PROFILER 2, TomoDose, and Daily QA Check 2. For a
list of software differences when using other instruments, see the Daily QA 3 Reference Guide or
the software Help Index.

Parts and Options

rf-Daily QA 3, P/N 1093000-1Z
After unpacking, identify the parts.

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7

5 1

3
4 2

No. Part Number Qty Description
1 1093500Z or 1 rf-Daily QA 3 instrument
1093500
2 1093400Z 1 rf Base Station *
3 801073Z 1 Blue Power/data cable, 25 m *
4 0224502Z 2 Power supply, switching, filtered, 110-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz to 18 VDC *
5 801008Z 2 Power cord, detachable, IEC plug to USA style plug *
6 801041Z 1 USB cable, 2 m *
7 0224500Z 1 Power Data Interface (PDI) 3.0 *
– 1093012 1 User’s Guide (not shown)
– 1093061 1 Bulletin, rf-Daily QA 3 Battery Recharging
* These items are available in an optional vault pack (part number 1093000-3Z. The vault pack supplies a
spare set of cables and hardware so that one can be installed in each room, allowing the user to move
only the Daily QA 3 from room-to-room.
Figure 1-1. Parts Furnished with the rf-Daily QA 3

Parts and Options 1
Daily QA 3, P/N 1093000-0Z
After unpacking, identify the parts included in package.

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5

4

3
2 1

No. Part Number Qty Description
1 1093300Z or 1 Daily QA 3 instrument
1093300
2 801073Z 1 Blue Power/data cable, 25 m
3 0224502Z 1 Power supply, switching
4 801008Z 1 Power cord, detachable, IEC plug to USA style plug
5 0224500Z 1 Power Data Interface (PDI) 3.0
6 801041Z 1 USB cable, 2 m
– 1093012 1 User’s Guide (not shown)
Figure 1-2. Parts Furnished with the Daily QA 3

Gantry Mount Accessory
See the IMF™ – GMF™ User’s Guide, P/N 1122014, for installation instructions.The user’s guide
ships with the gantry mount accessory and is also available on the Sun Nuclear Support page. For
instructions to access the Support website, see Support Website on page 19.

Linac P/N Color Weight Dimensions
Elekta 1177000-E green 7.9 kg (17.5 lb.) 39.4 x 28.7 x 48.8 cm (15.5 x 11.3 x 19.2 in.)
Siemens 1177000-S red 8.1 kg (17.75 lb.) 39.4 x 31.5 x 48.0 cm (15.5 x 12.4 x 18.9 in.)
Varian 1177000-V blue 7.4 kg (16.25 lb.) 39.4 x 31.5 x 39.1 cm (15.5 x 12.4 x 15.4 in.)

2 Section 1. Introduction
2 Setup
Upgrade Installation

Backup Before Upgrade
Do not install the database software when performing an upgrade to the latest version of Daily
QA 3 Software; the database is already installed. Perform a manual backup of the database before
beginning the upgrade.
Upgrading Client Software
After downloading the client software upgrade, install the upgrade using the instructions in Step
2 – Install Client Software on page 4.
Conversion of Database Tables for Daily QA 3 Software Version 2.5
In the past, Sun Nuclear Support personnel were required to assist in the database conversion,
but this is no longer necessary. When the software is first launched following installation of
software Version 2.5, there is an automatic database conversion. A dialog box prompts you to
confirm the update.
1 Click Yes to continue. The database conversion begins. The update and retrend progress
displays on the login screen. Note that the amount of time required for the database update
and retrend will depend upon the size of the database.
2 Click No if you do not wish to proceed. For example, if you have not backed up the database,
select this option, then perform the backup before continuing.

New Software Installation

Prerequisites
• Verify the Daily QA 3 software and Firebird database are not already installed on this
computer. If you are currently using a version of the Firebird SQL Database Server for other
applications, contact Sun Nuclear Support.
• Verify the computer meets the system requirements. See Recommended System
Requirements on page 20.
• Administrative rights are required to install the software.
Daily QA 3 software stores data in a database. The database is installed on the computer hosting
the client software or a client/server installation. Consult with your network administrator to plan
a server installation.
Step 1 – Install Database Software
These instructions apply to new installations only! Do not install the database if you are upgrading
the Daily QA 3 software. For more details about the database installation, see the Daily QA 3
Reference Guide or the software Help Index.
1 Download the Daily QA 3 Database installation file from the Sun Nuclear Support website and
save it to a location that can be accessed from the computer that will host the database. On
the ‘Daily QA 3 Product Downloads’ page, click the Software (Current Version) link on the
left side of the page to access the current installation file. As of the release of this document,
the database version is 1.4.0.
2 Navigate to the location of the downloaded DQA3 Database*.exe file and double-click to
begin the installation (where * = the software version).
3 If the ‘User Account Control’ dialog box prompts you to allow the program to make changes
to the computer, click Yes.
4 Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Upgrade Installation 3
If a ‘Windows Security Alert’ message prompts to keep blocking or unblock the Firebird SQL
Server program, select Unblock. For more information about firewalls, see the Daily QA 3
Reference Guide or the software Help Index.
5 When installation completes, read the information about automatic database backups, click
OK and then click Finish to exit.
6 Verify that the database software icon, DQA3 DB Admin , appears in the system tray. If
the default options were selected when installing the database, the file path for the DBAdmin
executable is C:\SNC\QADatabase\DB Admin.

If the firewall does not present the firewall message to unblock the required port, allow the
program to communicate through the Windows Firewall as follows (note that the instructions may
differ depending upon the version of Windows Operating System):
1 Open the Windows Control Panel.
2 Select Windows Firewall.
3 On the left side of the screen, click Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall.
4 On the ‘Allowed Programs’ window:
• Windows 7: Click Allow another program. In the ‘Add a Program’ dialog box, select DB
Admin, and then click Add.
• Windows 10: Click Allow another app. In the ‘Add an app’ dialog box, select DB Admin,
and then click Add.
Step 2 – Install Client Software
Perform the client software installation on the computer(s) which will access the Daily QA 3
Database.
When installing the Daily QA 3 client software, the person logged on to the computer must have
administrative privileges. The installation fails if the person logged in does not have write access
to C:\Windows\System32.
1 Download the Daily QA 3 Database installation file from the Sun Nuclear Support website and
save it to a location that can be accessed from the computer on which the client software will
be installed. On the ‘Daily QA 3 Product Downloads’ page, click the Software (Current
Version) link on the left side of the page to access the current installation file. As of the
release of this document, the Daily QA 3 client version is 2.5.4.
2 Navigate to the location of the downloaded DailyQA3Setup_v*.exe file and double-click to
begin the installation (where * = the software version).
3 If the ‘User Account Control’ dialog box prompts you to allow the program to make changes
to the computer, click Yes.
4 Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
5 When installation completes, click Finish to exit.
After installing the Daily QA 3 client software, ensure that all users on the
computer have read and write permissions to the directory where the client
software is installed. If the default options were selected when installing the client
software, the directory for the DailyQA3 executable is C:\SNC\DailyQA3. A
shortcut to the Daily QA 3 executable is placed on the computer’s desktop.

4 Section 2. Setup
Hardware Setup

Charge rf-Daily QA 3 Battery
If using the rf-Daily QA 3, charge the battery overnight before initial use. The battery is fully
charged after about 4.5 hours. Before using the device, press the power switch to lock it in the
ON position. For more information about charging the battery, see the Daily QA 3 Reference Guide
or the software Help Index.

The rf-Daily QA 3 can remain connected
to AC power continuously.

Power
Supply

Figure 2-1. Charging the rf-Daily QA 3 Battery

Cable Connections
Prior to software launch, connect cables. Use the instructions for the type of Daily QA 3 instrument
you are using (wireless or wired).

rf-Daily QA 3 Wireless Connection
If the base station is missing, if the batteries are discharged, or if the rf connection does not
appear to be working, plug the 25 m power/data cable from the control room directly into the
instrument as shown for the Daily QA 3 wired connection.

Only connect to a power source that matches
the ratings on the power supply label

Power Supply (for charging
rf-Daily QA battery)
USB Cable

Wireless Base Station
(in treatment room)

Wireless Base Station Notes:
• Place base station on a
table or shelf out of the
direct beam
Power • Point the non-connector
Supply end of the base station
toward the Daily QA 3
Power/Data Cable instrument when it is
(Blue) under the beam.

Figure 2-2. Typical Connection for Wireless Daily QA 3 (rf-Daily QA 3)

Hardware Setup 5
Daily QA 3 Wired Connection

Only connect to a power source that matches
the ratings on the power supply label

USB Cable

Power Power/Data
Supply Cable

Figure 2-3. Typical Connection for Wired Daily QA 3

6 Section 2. Setup
3 Software Setup
Add Users to the Database

Before using the Daily QA 3 software, users must be added to the Daily QA 3 database. Adding
users populates the User Name drop-down list on the Daily QA 3 ‘Login’ screen.
Each user name must be unique but passwords are optional. A user role must be assigned:
Physicist or Technician. Physicists have full access to the software; technicians cannot access the
setup or calibration menus. At least one physicist role is required to set up a test plan.
Perform this procedure on the computer where the Daily QA 3 database software is installed.
1 Double-click the SNC DB Admin icon in the system tray. If the symbol is hidden, click the
‘Show hidden icons’ button in the system tray.

Figure 3-1. Show Hidden Icons

2 In the ‘Daily QA 3 Database Administrator’ window, click the User box in the upper right
corner.

Click to open
the login data
fields

Figure 3-2. Database Administrator Login

3 The user name, ADMIN, is populated by default. Enter the password, photon (all lower case)
and press Enter or click Login.
4 Click New and enter the user information.
5 Click Save.

Launch Software and Connect to Database

1 Double-click the Daily QA 3 desktop icon or go to Start > Programs > SNC Group >
Daily QA 3 > Daily QA 3 to launch the Daily QA 3 software.
2 If this is the first time the software has run on this computer, the ‘Program Preferences’ dialog
box opens and prompts for the database location. Enter host name and click OK.
3 Close Program Preferences, exit and restart software. If the software finds the database, the
Login screen appears.
4 If a device is connected, a background measurement begins. If the device is connected and
not found when the software is launched, continue to the next step and then see the Daily
QA 3 Reference Guide or the software Help Index.
5 Select a user name from the list, type the password (if required), and click Login.
The software is ready to use when the database connection is established and the instrument
is connected.

Add Users to the Database 7
Set Up Program Preferences

The Daily QA 3 Program Preferences allow you to customize default options, such as temperature
and pressure units, length of the startup background measurement, QA rooms to display on a
computer, and trend chart settings.
Click Setup > Program Preferences to set default options. For more details, see the Daily QA 3
Reference Guide or the software Help Index.

Calibration

The Calibration menu contains five items ordered in a logical sequence that should be followed
when using Daily QA 3 software.
• Calibrate Temperature and Pressure – See Calibrate Temperature and Pressure – Daily QA 2
and Daily QA 3 on page 8.
• Calibrate Absolute Dose – See Calibrate Absolute Dose on page 8.
• Calibrate Array – See Calibrate Array on page 9.
• Calibration Management – This function enables import and deletion of qualifying array
calibration files and can be performed as needed.See the Daily QA 3 Reference Guide or the
software Help Index for details.
• Export DQA 3 Calibration (for Argus) – This function is used to export an array calibration as
a text file for Argus. For information about exporting a Daily QA 3 calibration for Argus, see
the Daily QA 3 Reference Guide or the software Help Index.
Calibrate Temperature and Pressure – Daily QA 2 and Daily QA 3
Air density corrections derived from temperature and pressure sensors in the Daily QA device
have a direct influence on output measurements, thereby influencing the Dose Calibration Factor
of the central axis chamber (CAX). When the Daily QA 3 software is upgraded to version 2.5, the
temperature and pressure sensors for each Daily QA 3 device must be calibrated using your
temperature and pressure standards as a reference. These reference standards should be the
same as those used for dosimetry calibration, thereby enabling a future intercomparison to your
dosimetry standard. Any new or replacement Daily QA 3 instruments must also be calibrated for
temperature and pressure prior to calibrating the absolute dose response.
For more information, see the Daily QA 3 Reference Guide or the software Help Index.
1 From the menu, select Calibration > Calibrate Temperature and Pressure.
2 In the ‘Calibrate Temperature and Pressure’ dialog box, enter actual ambient temperature, to
tenths of a degree, obtained from a calibrated thermometer in treatment room.
3 Enter actual pressure, to tenths of a unit, obtained from a calibrated pressure gauge in
treatment room and click Apply.
Calibrate Absolute Dose
This function converts the CAX ion chamber data from device response to dose. The air density
corrections are part of this calibration, therefore the calibration of Temperature and Pressure will
influence the CAX dose reference value.
The Absolute Dose Calibration results in an Absolute Dose Calibration Factor, or Dose Factor, for
short. The Dose Factor, a new database field in version 2.5 labeled as ‘AB_DOSE_CF’, is applied
globally to all template measurements for a given device, hence the user will only perform the
'Calibrate Absolute Dose' function for a single energy per machine. For information about
calibrating absolute dose, see the Daily QA 3 Reference Guide or the software Help Index.

8 Section 3. Software Setup
Absolute Dose Calibration Procedure
1 Set up the Daily QA 3 using a known absolute dose value for a given MU, field size, depth,
and SSD.

Note: Water equivalency from the top of the Daily QA 3 instrument to point of
measurement is 1.0 cm. The physical distance from the top of the Daily QA 3
instrument to the point of measurement is 0.74 cm.

2 Select Calibration > Calibrate Absolute Dose. In the Available Devices panel the highlighted
serial number is the device connected. The instrument image on the right shows the correct
orientation for the measurement.

Note: The Calibrate Absolute Dose function is only performed for a single energy per
device. The resultant Dose Factor is automatically applied to all other energies for that
device.

3 Click Start and deliver the MU for the known dose. Follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the dose calibration. For additional details, see the Daily QA 3 Reference Guide or
the software Help Index.
Calibrate Array
This procedure is for Daily QA 3 only. For PROFILER 2 and TomoDose, use the separate instrument
software to perform array calibration then import the resulting array calibration files into Daily QA
3 software. For details, see the Daily QA 3 Reference Guide or the software Help Index.
If calibrating an array with an Elekta Beam Modulator™ linac limited to 16x21 cm field SAD, see
the Daily QA 3 Reference Guide or the software Help Index for additional information.

1 For photons, adjust collimator jaws to 25 x 25; for electrons, install 25 X 25 cm cone.
2 From the menu, select Calibration > Calibrate Array…” The ‘Calibrate Array’ dialog box
displays the Daily QA 3 as it should be oriented for the first array calibration measurement
and prompts for the energy and beam type.
To zoom in and change perspective, click the magnifying glass at the top right of the screen.
3 Enter energy and beam type (MV for photons, MeV for electrons) for the calibration and click
Begin. The Daily QA 3 image rotates to the initial position and the ‘Initial Setup’ dialog box
displays.
4 Follow the setup instructions and click Next. For additional calibration details, see the Daily
QA 3 Reference Guide or the software Help Index.
5 When Step E of the Calibrate Array procedure is complete, click Finish. The calibration factors
display. Click Print to print the results or save as a PDF, Accept to save the results to the
database, or Close to close the screen without saving the results.

Create a QA Test Plan, Site, Room, Machine, Template

Overview

Note: Screens in this section show Daily QA 3 only; other device screens have a slightly
different appearance.

The QA test plan is a Scheme Tree that contains all the test and schedule details. As viewed in QA
Mode, the Scheme Tree lists the sites, rooms, machines, and tests; it is linked to a calendar so
that recurring tests appear on the days scheduled. Once the device is connected and setup for
the test in the Scheme Tree, then as each test is completed, measurement data is stored in the
database and the software advances to the next test. Test results are reviewed in the Trend Mode.

Create a QA Test Plan, Site, Room, Machine, Template 9
QA Mode View
Switch between:
Scheme QA Mode – create and execute a test plan
Calendar Trend Mode – display trends over time in test plan data
tree

Site + Room
Machine Device
Template ID, Setup
(i.e., test
names)

Machine
Setup
Data Panel

Decision
Keys

Results Panel
Figure 3-3. QA View

Set Up the Scheme Tree, Physicist Role
The user setting up the Scheme Tree, adding machines, rooms, and templates must be assigned
the Physicist role in the SNC Daily QA 3 database. See Add Users to the Database on page 7.

Note: Daily QA 3 uses a relational database for recording data and its related site,
machine, device, template, and user information. Once in the database, data cannot
be deleted. However, obsolete information on site, machine, device, template, and
user can be hidden from view when labeled Inactive.

1 Open the ‘Test Setup’ dialog box by clicking Setup > Scheme Tree….
2 Click New, enter all relevant information for the site. The Setup Overview panel is empty until
the information is saved.
3 Click Save. The site appears on the Scheme Tree. Rooms can now be set up for the site.
4 In the Scheme Tree, click to select the Site, enter a room name, and then click +Add.
Machines can now be added to the room.
5 In the Scheme Tree, select the room to which a machine will be added and then select the
manufacturer and model of the machine from the drop-down lists. The manufacturer and
model can be entered manually, if needed.
6 Using the drop-down list, select the serial number of the device that will be used for machine
QA. If no device has ever been connected, no devices will be available in the list.
7 Select the array calibration file to use with the instrument. For Daily QA 3 instruments
manufactured or serviced after June 2007, the factory calibration file may be used to obtain
reasonable results.
8 Select energies to be tested. A test template is produced for each selected energy.

Note: For accurate determination of change in electron energy, templates for all
electron energies must be created prior to data collection. All electron energies do not
need to be scheduled in the calendar, but must have templates created.

9 Click +Add to save changes in database.

10 Section 3. Software Setup
Set Up Template for Beam Tracking
Test templates are added after a machine is created. Each test requires a specific measurement
template defining test setup.
1 From the Daily QA 3 menu, select Setup > Scheme Tree.
2 In the Template Information panel, click New to create a test template,
a. Enter or select relevant information for the measurement, including the calibration file.
b. Define the schedule for the test and then click Save. See the Daily QA 3 Reference Guide
or the software Help Index for template field descriptions.
3 To edit an existing template, select the template in the Setup Overview panel, and then click
Edit in the Template Information panel.

Baseline Options
Consider the following when selecting the baseline options for a template.
• Absolute mode evaluates results for axial symmetry, transverse symmetry, field size and field
shift against a field with perfect symmetry and size.
• Relative mode evaluates results against the measured baseline. If you are only interested in
deviations from the baseline, use relative mode.
Example:
During baseline measurement, if a beam has an axial symmetry of -0.6%, and a daily QA
measurement a week later has an axial symmetry of -0.5%, then in absolute mode, it will
show an axsym of -0.5%, but in relative mode it will show an axsym of +0.1%.

Baseline QA Template

Before using a QA test template, it must be baselined with a QA measurement. All trend
parameters are compared with the baseline data set until a new baseline is established. Each time
the QA template is baselined, subsequent data is compared to the new baseline data, while all
previous data is compared to the previous baseline.
1 From the Daily QA 3 software menu, select Setup > Baseline QA Template.
2 The QA Template Baseline Instructions form appears. Follow the onscreen instructions to
complete the baseline procedure. See the Daily QA 3 Reference Guide or software Help Index
for more detailed information.
The baseline dose corresponds to the value that will represent your desired output baseline.
For example, after an output measurement the Daily QA 3 software will subtract the baseline
dose from the output measurement to calculate the percent difference. Suppose your output
measurement is 102 and you entered 100 for your baseline dose; your percent difference for
that output measurement would be 2%.
The delivered dose on the other hand allows you to compensate for situations when you
know the output of your machine is different from your desired baseline dose. For instance,
if you want your baseline dose to be 100 (1.00 cGy/MU), but you know the current output of
your machine is 2% hot (1.02 cGy/MU), enter 102 as your delivered dose. These two factors
allow you to separate the value used as a baseline from the actual process of taking a baseline
measurement.

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12 Section 3. Software Setup
4 QA Measurement
Preparing for Measurements

To maintain a stable temperature, the instrument should remain powered on at all times,
connected to power via the PDI 24 hours per day. Store the instrument in the treatment room, but
not in a location where a primary beam may occur.
If the Daily QA 3 is powered off, power it on and allow it to warm up for 10 minutes before using.

CAUTION: After charging an rf-Daily QA 3, allow electronics to cool down at least 15
minutes before making measurements.

For more information about preparing for measurements, see the Daily QA 3 Reference Guide or
the software Help Index.

Measurement

Screen illustrations, orientation illustrations, and detector layouts in this section show Daily QA 3
only. When connected to other instruments, screens have a slightly different appearance.

See the Daily QA 3 Reference Guide or the software Help Index for more information about QA
measurements.
1 In the Scheme Tree, select the machine or template (A).

G
D
A B

C

F
E
Figure 4-1. Steps to Make an Exposure

2 Click the drop-down handle (B) above the image of the instrument to display Daily QA 3 setup
details. Position instrument as described.
3 For an rf-Daily QA 3, ensure:
• Power switch is ON.

Preparing for Measurements 13
• Power/data cable is connected to the base station, base station is on a table or shelf out
of direct beam, and non-connector end of the base station points toward the Daily QA 3
instrument.

CAUTION: Never place the base station in the direct beam. Direct radiation will damage the
base station and void the factory warranty.

4 Set up exposure parameters on the linac to match values under Machine Setup (C).
5 Ensure Background text box on DAILY QA 3 toolbar displays Yes. If not, click Background and
perform a background manually. See the Reference Guide or the software Help Index for
instructions.
6 Click Start (D) and deliver the prescribed dose for the template. The beam status displays in
the Status box in the DAILY QA 3 toolbar.
7 When the beam turns off, review the ‘Results’ panel. Values are color-coded: green = all
passed; red = failure levels; yellow = values that fall between warning and failure levels. If
desired, enter comments about the test in the Measurement Notes text box.
8 To adjust an output value, apply a correction factor to the measurement by clicking Template
Dose Correction (E). The ‘Template Dose Correction’ dialog box opens. Enter the target dose
and click Apply. The correction factor is applied automatically.
For more information about the Template Dose Correction, see the Daily QA 3 Reference
Guide or the software Help Index.
9 Click Record, Re-Do, or Cancel for the measurement (F).
When Record is selected, the software automatically advances to the next test template for
the machine and initiates data collection. Continue delivering the prescribed dose for each
template and record the results until all daily tests are complete.
10 To view trends for all templates, click Trend (G) in the top center of the screen.
See the Daily QA 3 Reference Guide or the software Help Index for trending and reporting
details.

Printing Reports

Reports can be printed for single test or multiple tests.
1 From the Daily QA 3 menu, select File > Reports…
2 At the top of the ‘Reports’ dialog box, select the type of report: All Energies for Day, Multiple
Day QA, Output Report, or Array Calibration.
• If you select Array Calibration as the report type, select the calibration from the list of
devices and calibrations.
• For other types of reports, select the desired template, dates, and range of records.
3 Click Print.
Exporting Data
Selected raw data can be exported to a text (.txt) file and then opened using a spreadsheet
application such as Microsoft Excel to analyze the data. See the Daily QA 3 Reference Guide or
the software Help Index for instructions.

14 Section 4. QA Measurement
5 Support and Maintenance
Maintaining Hardware

Repair
There are no user-serviceable components in the Daily QA 3 or the Power Data Interface (PDI). If
there are problems with the devices, contact Sun Nuclear. See Contacting Sun Nuclear Support on
page 19.

CAUTION: Do not open the housing unless you are performing an upgrade that has been
approved by Sun Nuclear Corporation.

If the Daily QA 3 housing or casing is damaged such that the device integrity is compromised,
return the device to Sun Nuclear Corporation for repair.
Inspect cables periodically for damage. Return damaged cables to Sun Nuclear Corporation for
repair or replacement if any mechanical or electrical degradation is suspected.
Additional service information is available on the Sun Nuclear web site:
www.sunnuclear.com/support
Cleaning
Clean the instruments with a soft dry cloth. Do not use liquid cleaners, solvents, or abrasives.
Storage
Store the instrument in an indoor, protected environment where the instrument will not be
irradiated by the direct beam.
Disposing and Recycling
The Daily QA 3 instrument contains electrical components. In some countries the disposal of
electrical components is subject to special requirements. When the components are no longer
functional or are otherwise ready to be discarded, recycle or dispose of them according to local
waste management or recycling regulations.

Minimizing Radiation Damage

Although detectors are designed to be exposed directly to the beam, the electronic processing
circuits can be damaged by direct exposure to ionizing radiation. The electronic circuits are
located in the raised end of the instrument behind the line that is labeled “KEEP DIRECT BEAM
ABOVE THIS LINE”. To minimize damage to electronics:
• Never allow any direct radiation beyond the “KEEP DIRECT BEAM ABOVE THIS LINE”
mark on top surface of device.
• Never expose electronics portion of instrument to beam.
• Never leave the device on couch during warm-up.
• Never store device where it can accidentally be irradiated, such as a shelf in the
treatment room that is irradiated by the beam when the linac is rotated.
• Avoid frequent use of thick buildup that may cause scattered radiation that will damage
the electronics. Note that adding extra buildup is not normally necessary for daily QA
measurements and may increase the scattered radiation to the electronics.

Note: The Daily QA 3 firmware cannot be upgraded if the device is connected
wirelessly.

Maintaining Hardware 15
Troubleshooting

Daily QA 3 Troubleshooting

Indication Probable Cause Remedy
Software does not recognize Not properly connected Check USB cable connection to PDI and PC.
instrument to USB port.
Wrong operating system. Must be Windows 10 or Windows 7.
USB drivers not set up Reinstall client software. The correct USB drivers
correctly. are installed with software.
Data appears incorrect Wrong calibration file. Use correct calibration file.
Improperly calibrated. Recalibrate.
No background Manually collect background and repeat
collected. measurement. See the Reference Guide or the
Conditions changed software Help Index for instructions.
since background taken.
A QA measurement reports Possible cause: • First, rule out a setup error, such as a slight shift
0.00 cm field size • Setup error. or wrong SSD or linac energy.
• Electron field size • If correcting setup doesn’t resolve the issue,
calculation for Daily acquiring an array calibration for the specific
QA 3 is sensitive to energy may result in a more accurate field size
array calibration, so since electron field size calculation for Daily
you may need to QA 3 is sensitive to array calibration.
acquire an array • If it is impossible to determine field size with a
calibration for the particular cone/linac system, Sun Nuclear
specific energy. recommends examining relationships between
the diode detectors that straddle the 20 cm field
marks for a commissioned system, and then
baseline QA measurements from those
relationships.
Screen display size is incorrect Monitor’s DPI setting is Edit the monitor properties and set it to Normal
wrong. size (96 DPI). Contact your IT department if you
need assistance.
rf-Daily QA 3 battery is not The instrument is stored To reset the charge circuit and allow the device to
charging off AC power for an begin charging again, apply AC power, then lightly
extended period of time press and hold the recessed override switch for 3
seconds using a pointed, non-metallic object. See
rf-Daily QA 3 End Panel on page 18.

16 Section 5. Support and Maintenance
Database Connection Troubleshooting

Problem Probable Cause Solution
Client program cannot locate Incorrect address entered in client Enter correct network address in
database software. client program.
Client program set to “localhost” Enter correct address in client
when using a server database. program.
Database not installed on same Make sure client computer is on
network with client. same network as server.
User cannot log in to database Incorrect password. Delete user and add another user
with same user name and correct
password. See Add Users to the
Database on page 7.
User name not set up in database. Add user to database. See Add
Users to the Database on page 7.
User does not have permission to Request that the server’s System
write data to server. Administrator add permissions in
Windows to allow users to read
and write to database.
No password required for user No password set up. Add a password to user. See Add
Users to the Database on page 7.
Cannot edit Daily QA 3 templates User logged in as a technician. Change user role to a physicist.
Only physicists permitted to
change templates. See Add Users
to the Database on page 7.
Low energy electron measurement Possible cause: • Check for a setup error, such as
(6 MeV or lower) reports 0.00 cm • Setup error. a slight shift or the wrong SSD or
field size • Electron field size calculation for linac energy
Daily QA 3 is sensitive to array • Acquiring an array calibration for
calibration, so you may need to the specific energy since
acquire an array calibration for electron field size calculation for
the specific energy. the Daily QA 3 is sensitive to
array calibration.
• The cone size will define the
electron field size. Therefore, if
the corrections above do not
address the field size issue, use
the electron cone as a guide in
determining your electron field
size.

Daily QA 3 End Panel

PWR/DATA Connector LEDs A, B, C, D

Device Action LED
A B C D
Power On Sequence (bootloader OFF OFF OFF Three (3) toggles
active) 1 sec. apart
Idle Mode OFF OFF Toggle (1/2 sec.) OFF
Acquiring Measurements ON OFF Toggle (1/2 sec.) OFF
Device Fault – ON – OFF

Troubleshooting 17
The last item, 'Device Faults', shows the pattern if the firmware detects a fault in instrument. If a
'Device Fault' is indicated, contact Sun Nuclear Corporation Support. See Contacting Sun Nuclear
Support on page 19. A device fault may be caused by:
1 Pressure reading beyond limits: <70 kPA or >115 kPA
2 High voltage reading beyond limits: < -400 V or > -300 V
3 ADC rails, upper or lower limits were hit.
If the measurement circuit (including ADC) is intact and LED B comes on after the device is
powered up, the cause could be either item 1 or 2. If LED B is lit after starting a measurement,
item 3 is the likely cause.
rf-Daily QA 3 End Panel
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

12 11

No Description Function
1 RECEIVE Green LED flashes when rf unit is receiving.
2 TRANSMIT Green LED flashes when rf unit is transmitting.
3 CHARGE STATUS Ready—Green LED is lit when all battery charging parameters are within
limits.
4 CHARGE STATUS Charge—Yellow LED is lit when batteries are charging.
5 CHARGE STATUS Fault—Red LED is lit when a charging fault is detected.
6 LOW BAT Red LED turns on when approximately one hour of battery power remains.
7 Recessed Battery Manual override to restart battery charging when batteries have been deeply
override switch * discharged. See Daily QA 3 Troubleshooting on page 16.
8 ON LED is green when power is applied via battery or PDI cable.
9 BAT PWR Push button battery power switch (in = ON; out = OFF). The battery power
switch should always be “OFF” when instrument is stored or if instrument is
being shipped.
10 +18 VDC +18 VDC input power jack for charging only. Connecting power to the +18
VDC jack causes the instrument to turn off during charging cycle.
11 Status LEDs Status LEDs for basic Daily QA 3. See Daily QA 3 End Panel on page 17.
12 PWR/DATA connector Power/data cable connector. Not used with rf operation but can be used
instead of the rf link if the rf link is inoperable. To use as a wired instrument,
disconnect the power/data cable from the Base Station and plug it in here.
* To reset the charge circuit and allow the device to begin charging again, apply AC power, then lightly press
and hold the recessed override switch for 3 seconds using a pointed, non-metallic object.

PDI Troubleshooting
See Technical Bulletin 2-09, Power Data Interface for:
• A list of problems which may occasionally occur when using the PDI.
• An explanation of the controls and indicators on the PDI.
The bulletin can be downloaded from the Sun Nuclear Support website for Daily QA 3.

18 Section 5. Support and Maintenance
Contacting Sun Nuclear Support

You may request support in two ways:
• Contact the Sun Nuclear Support team by telephone: +1 321-259-6862.
• Submit a support request using our online form. See Support Website below.
Support Website
Visit the Sun Nuclear Support web site to request support via an online form and access the latest
product updates, such as software/driver downloads, documentation.
1 Open an internet browser and navigate to www.sunnuclear.com/support.
2 Enter your email address and the serial number of any Sun Nuclear product used at your
facility, then click Log in to open the Support Dashboard.

Warranty

The Sun Nuclear Product Warranty can be found on the Sun Nuclear Support web site,
www.sunnuclear.com/support.
Log in using your email address and the serial number of any Sun Nuclear instrument used at your
facility.

Contacting Sun Nuclear Support 19
6 Specifications
Recommended System Requirements

Category Characteristic Specification
Recommended Operating System Windows 10 or Windows 7, any edition, 32- or 64-bit
System Computer hardware • Pentium III processor
Requirements
• Hard disk space: 70 MB
• 512 MB RAM
• 4 MB VGA video card capable of at least 1024 x 768 (16 MB
video RAM recommended)
• USB version: 2 (one available USB port)
• OpenGL hardware accelerated video card.

Daily QA 3 Specifications

For more information, see the Daily QA 3 Reference Guide or the software Help Index.

Category Characteristic Specification
Detectors Type detectors Primary—Vented ionization chambers, fully guarded
Secondary—Diode detectors (for penumbra detection)
Quantity of detectors Ionization chambers (13):
• One CAX detector at center of the field
• Four primary detectors on X and Y axes, 8 cm from center
• Four X-energy detectors, 11.3 cm from center
• Four e-Energy detectors, 5.6 cm from center on diagonals
Diode detectors (12) (5 mm spacing for penumbra detection):
• A row of three detectors on X axis centered at +10 cm
• A row of three detectors on X axis centered at –10 cm
• A row of three detectors on Y axis centered at +10 cm
• A row of three detectors on Y axis centered at –10 cm
Ionization chambers Volume of 9 center, primary, and X-energy chambers—0.3 cm3
Parallel plate separation—4 mm
Electrode diameter—9.8 mm diameter, carbon

Volume of 4 e-Energy check chambers—0.6 cm3
Parallel plate separation—4 mm
CAX collection electrode—1.38 cm diameter, carbon
Diodes Active size—0.8 x 0.8 mm
Type—n-type, radiation hardened
Electron energy Top right (ETR)—none
attenuation Bottom right (EBR)—0.216 in. copper (Cu)
Bottom left (EBL)—0.216 in. aluminum (Al)
Top left (ETL)—0.150 in. iron (Fe)
Performance Radiation measured Photons—Co-60 to 25 MV
Electrons—4 MeV to 25 MeV, ± 1% for 6-20 MeV
Beam limits Leakage—±0.05 cGy/min
Dose range—350 cGy
Maximum dose per linac pulse—5.5 cGy/pulse
Maximum average dose rate—250 cGy/s
Environment Operating Ambient Temperature: 18 to 30° C (64.4 to 86° F)
Relative Humidity: 20 to 80% relative humidity
Storage Temperature: –30 to 50° C (–22 to 122° F)
Relative humidity: 10 to 90% non-condensing
Pressure: 90.6 kPA to 102 kPa

20 Section 6. Specifications
Category Characteristic Specification
Medical Electrical Basic Safety and Certified to meet IEC 60601-1.
Equipment Essential
Classification Performance
Electromagnetic Certified to meet IEC 60601-1-2.
Performance Class I
Buildup and Inherent buildup over Actual: Acrylic, 0.74 cm
backscatter primary ion chambers Effective: 1.0 ± 0.1 g/cm2
Inherent buildup over Actual: Acrylic, 0.77 cm
diode detectors Effective: 1.0 +- 0.1 g/cm2
Inherent backscatter Actual: FR-4 0.16 cm; Acrylic, 1.27cm
Effective: 1.7 g/cm2
Electron energy Chamber eTR, air/acrylic buildup, 0.2 g/cm2
chamber buildup Chamber eBR, Cu/acrylic buildup, 4.3 g/cm2
Chamber eBL, Al/acrylic buildup, 0.7g/cm2
Chamber eTL, Fe/acrylic buildup, 3.0 g/cm2
Chamber CAX, acrylic buildup, 1.0 g/cm2
Temperature and Temperature Sensor—1 integrated circuit plus 5 thermistors
pressure Range—0°C to +50°C
Non-linearity—±0.67% over measurement range
Accuracy—±2.0°C without user calibration
Measurement Resolution—0.05°C
Display Resolution—0.1°C
Pressure Sensor—Temperature compensated on-chip bipolar operational
amplifier and thin film resistor network
Measurement, Slope Transfer Function between Output voltage
and Supply voltage
Range—15 to 115 kPa (112 to 862 mmHg) (1 atm = 101.33 kPa)
Non-linearity—±1.5% over measurement range
Accuracy—±2kPa without user calibration
Measurement Resolution—0.0035kPa
Display Resolution—0.01kPa
Physical Dimensions 25.6 cm wide, 40.8 cm long, 4.6 cm thick (10.09 x 16.07 x 1.82”)
Weight 5.7 kg (12 lb.)
Connection ports and POWER/DATA—8 pin DIN, provides power to Daily QA 3 and bi-
indicators directional data between PC and Daily QA 3
LEDs—A, B, C, D: Status indicators
Service life 10 years
Power supply Type Switching, general purpose IEC 320 socket, Class I power inlet for
straight cable entry
Supply voltage range 100 to 240 VAC, automatically switching; 47-63 Hz
DC power output +18 VDC, 1 amp, 2.5 mm center positive plug
Dimensions 8.7 cm long, 4.7 cm wide, 3.3 cm high
Weight 0.17 kg (6 ounces)
Cables POWER/DATA 25 m power/data, 8 pin DIN, connects Daily QA 3 to PDI
USB 2 m USB, 4 pin, A and B plugs, connects PDI to computer
Power cord 2 m power, IEC straight plug line cord, 3 conductor

Recommended System Requirements 21
rf-Daily QA 3 Specifications

Category Characteristic Specification
Power Base station +18 VDC
Battery charging +18 VDC
Battery capacity 1.7 or greater amp hours @ 9.6 V
Estimated battery life 5 hours continuous operation
Physical Base station 4.7 x 2.75 x 1.4 in. (12 x 7 x 3.5 cm)
dimensions
Base station weight 0.7 lb. (0.32 kg)
Service life 10 years
Transceiver * Frequency 2.400 to 2.485 GHz
Power 1 mW (0 dBm)
Modulation O-Q PSK
Baud rate 250 kb/s between transceivers; 19.2 kb/s over wires between PC
and/ base station
Antenna Integral in housing
Duty cycle Software determined
Interference outside Designed to be compatible with existing Wi-Fi
shielded room
Agency approvals • FCC Part 15.247—OUR-XBEE (MaxStream)
• Industry Canada (IC)—4214A-XBEE (MaxStream)
• Europe—ETSI
• Japan—R201WW07215214
• Australia—C-Tick
Antenna • A24-C1, Surface mount or embedded PCB
* PN 1093500Z contains XBee radio XB24-ACI-001 or XB24-API-001(rf assembly, shipped with rf integrated)
PN 1093400Z contains XBee radio XB24-ACI-001 or XB24-API-001 (base station)

22 Section 6. Specifications
7 Software Reference
Daily QA 3 Client Software Interface

For more complete software interface details, see the Daily QA 3 Reference Guide or the software
Help Index.
When launched, the Daily QA 3 client software opens in the main view (Figure 7-1).
6
1
2

3

7

4
8

5

No. Name Description
1 Menu bar Provides access to commands.
2 Toolbar Provides quick access to common program functions and views.
3 Scheme Tree A tree-like representation of the schedule for the selected date that shows
schedule the sites, rooms, machines, and tests to be performed. See Scheme Tree
on page 24.
4 Data Displays the real-time values of the primary detectors during an exposure.
5 Status bar Displays temperature and pressure measured by the instrument’s sensors.
6 Calendar Displays the current month. The current date is selected by default, but
other dates can be selected. The Scheme Tree is linked to the selected date
to show only machines and tests for that day.
7 Test setup details Shows the details that a technician needs to set up the selected test.
8 Results Displays a summary of the calculated results of the completed test. See
Results on page 24.
Figure 7-1. Main View of Daily QA Software Window

Daily QA 3 Client Software Interface 23
QA View
QA view is used to create a test plan and collect a measurement.
Scheme tree Calendar Setup

Show/hide the
machine setup
details

Data Measurement Results
Panel Buttons Panel
Figure 7-2. QA View

Scheme Tree
The Scheme Tree is an indented list of sites, rooms, machines, and tests scheduled for the
selected date. Select a day on the calendar to display the tests for that day. Test templates are
indented under each machine. Items that appear in the Scheme Tree are set up using the ‘Scheme
Tree Setup’ forms. To set up or change the tree, log in as a physicist, then select Setup > Scheme
Tree from the menu.
Tests can be set up on a daily, weekly, monthly, or annual basis. However, tests scheduled for a
given day are only visible when that day is selected on the calendar.
The Scheme Tree can be altered to only show tests for a single room by configuring Program
Preferences (Setup > Program Preferences > Scheme Tree tab). See the Daily QA 3 Reference
Guide or the software Help Index for more details.

Results
The Results panel shows calculated results of a QA measurement. The Results panel appears in
both QA view and Trend view, with minor differences. For more details, see the Daily QA 3
Reference Guide or the software Help Index.

Figure 7-3. Measurement Results Panel

24 Section 7. Software Reference
Trend View
The Trend view (Figure 7-4) displays a summary of data that was collected for a selected template.
It can also display all of the measurements made for that template since the template was
created. To access the Trend view from the main QA view, click the Trend button on the toolbar.
For more details, see the Daily QA 3 Reference Guide or the software Help Index.
Template List Trend Graph Trend button Graph
Controls

Selected
Point

Symbols

Limit
Line

Data Panel Results Panel

Figure 7-4. Trend Graph View

Graph Controls
Controls above the graph affect the appearance of the data in the graph. If graph controls are not
visible, click the arrow at the top, center of the graph; click again to roll them up. For more details,
see the Daily QA 3 Reference Guide or the software Help Index.

Symbols
The symbols displayed in the Results panel match the symbols in the graph.

Dose – Central axis (CAX) dose in cGy
AxSym – Axial Symmetry percent
TrSym – Transverse Symmetry percent
QAFlat – Flatness percent
e-Energy – Electron energy percent change in flatness
X-Energy – Photon energy percent change in flatness

Light-field Coincidence – XSize, XShift, YSize, YShift in cm

Figure 7-5. QA Trend Graph Symbols

For a detailed explanation of these parameters, see the Calculations section in the Daily QA 3
Reference Guide or the software Help Index.

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26 Section 7. Software Reference
Appendix A: Regulatory Supplement

Sun Nuclear Corporation Symbols

The following symbols are used in this document and in Sun Nuclear Corporation’s product labels.

WARNING: This symbol indicates a risk of electric shock. (EN ISO 7010)

WARNING: This symbol indicates a hazard that could result in major injury or
equipment damage. (EN ISO 7010)

CAUTION: This symbol indicates a potential hazard that could result in minor injury or
equipment damage. (EN ISO 15223-1)

Note: Important or supporting information.

Manufacturer’s Identification (name and address). (EN ISO 15223-1)

Date of Manufacture. (EN ISO 15223-1)

Serial Number. (EN ISO 15223-1)

Catalog Number. (EN ISO 15223-1)

Read the instructions in this manual before using.

Do not throw in trash; dispose of in an environmentally friendly way. (EN 50419)

This symbol indicates conformity with EC Directives.

Authorized representative in the European Community. (EN ISO 15223-1)

Operator Responsibility

This manual is intended for an operator who has a working knowledge in radiation physics and
dosimetry and who has experience working with treatment machines and accessories. The
operator of the device bears the full responsibility for validating measurement results.
The device and its accessories must not be used for any other purpose than described in this
manual (see Intended Use on page iii). Violation may result in loss of warranty.
• This equipment must be used in accordance with the instructions in this manual. Read all
instructions and safety labels before use.
• Do not use with any power source that does not match the power ratings listed on the power
supply.

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• When connecting the power supply to AC power, ensure that the plug is not obstructed and
can be easily disconnected.
• Do not permit any short circuit of AC power that may be hazardous to users.
• Do not permit any liquids to spill onto the instrument or any associated parts or accessories.

WARNING: When using the Isocentric Mounting Fixture (IMF), stay clear of the IMF
and the instrument while rotating the gantry to prevent injury.

For instructions to report health or safety related concerns, see Reporting Health or Safety Related
Issues or Concerns below.

Modifications to the Equipment

Any changes or modifications to the device that are not expressly approved by Sun Nuclear
Corporation could void your warranty.

Environmental Requirements

Operating
The device must be operated within normal laboratory conditions maintained for human comfort:
Temperature: 18 to 30° C (64 to 86° F); Relative Humidity: 20 to 80%.

Storage
The device should be stored in a climate-controlled environment.

Radio Interference

The rf-Daily QA 3 complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

WARNING: To satisfy FCC RF exposure requirements for mobile transmitting devices,
a separation distance of 20 cm (8 inches) or more should be maintained between the
rf-Daily QA3 and persons during device operation. Operation at closer than this
distance is not recommended. The device must not be co-located in conjunction with
any other antenna or transmitter.

Reporting Health or Safety Related Issues or Concerns

Should the need arise to report any safety or health related issues or concerns regarding the use
of Sun Nuclear products, Sun Nuclear should be contacted directly or in the case of our European
customers, our Authorized European Representative.
Sun Nuclear's Authorized European Representative is:
EMERGO EUROPE
Prinsessegracht 20
2514 AP The Hague
The Netherlands

Australian Sponsor
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Suite 1.15, Level 1, 90-96 Bourke Road, Alexandria NSW 2015
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Connection to External Computer Equipment

To maintain compliance with IEC 60950-1, Safety of Information Technology Equipment, the PDI
USB port must be connected to external computer equipment that is compliant with IEC 60950-1.

EMC Precautions

The instrument complies with IEC 60601-1-2, Electromagnetic Performance standards, and the
operator should ensure that it is used in such an environment.
Table 1. Manufacturer’s Declaration - Electromagnetic Emissions

Emissions Test Compliance Electromagnetic Environment - Guidance
RF Emissions Group 1 The device uses RF energy only for its internal function. Therefore,
CISPR 11 its RF emissions are very low and are not likely to cause any
interference in nearby electronic equipment.
Harmonic Emissions Class B The device is suitable for use in all establishments, including
IEC 61000-3-2 domestic establishments and those directly connected to the
public low-voltage power supply network that supplies buildings
Voltage fluctuations Class D
flicker emissions used for domestic purposes.
IEC 61000-3-3

Table 2. Manufacturer’s Declaration - Electromagnetic Immunity for all Equipment

Immunity Test IEC 60601 Test Compliance Level Electromagnetic Environment - Guidance
Level
Electrostatic discharge ±6 kV contact Passed 2 kV, 4 kV and 6 Floors should be wood, concrete or
(ESD) kV contact discharge ceramic tile. If floors are covered with
±8 kV air
IEC 61000-4-2 Passed 2 kV, 4 kV and 8 synthetic material, the relative humidity
should be at least 30%.
kV air discharge
Electrical fast transient/ ±2 kV for Passed 2 kV to power Mains power quality should be that of a
burst power supply lines typical commercial or hospital
lines environment.
IEC 61000-4-4 Passed 1 kV to signal
±1 kV for input/ bundles
output lines
Surge ±1 kV line(s) to Passed up to 2 kV Mains power quality should be that of a
line(s) (L-GND) typical commercial or hospital
IEC 61000-4-5 environment.
±2 kV line(s) to Passed up to 1 kV
earth (L-L)
Voltage dips, short <5% UT Passed < 5%, 40% and Mains power quality should be that of a
interruptions and volt- (>95% dip in 70% typical commercial or hospital
age variations on power UT) for 0.5 environment. If the user of the device
supply input lines Passed 95% requires continued operation during
cycles interruptions
IEC 61000-4-11 power mains interruptions, it is
40% UT recommended that the 1D Scanner be
(60% dip in UT) powered from an uninterruptible power
for 5 cycles supply or a battery.
70% UT
(30% dip in UT)
for 25 cycles
<5% UT
(>95% dip in
UT) for 5 cycles
Power frequency (50/60 3 A/m Passed up to 3A/m Power frequency magnetic fields should
Hz) magnetic field be at levels characteristic of a typical
IEC 61000-4-8 location in a typical commercial or
hospital environment.
NOTE: UT is the a.c. mains voltage prior to application of the test level.

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Table 3. Manufacturer’s Declaration - Electromagnetic Immunity for Systems that Are Not Life
Supporting

Immunity Test IEC 60601 Test Compliance Level Electromagnetic Environment - Guidance
Level
Portable and mobile RF communications
equipment should be used no closer to
any part of the device including cables,
than the recommended separation
distance calculated from the equation
applicable to the frequency of the
transmitter.
Recommended separation distance
Conducted RF 3 Vrms 3 Vrms 3.5
IEC 61000-4-6 150 kHz to 80
d = ------- P
V1
MHz
Radiated RF 3 V/m 3 V/m Recommended separation distance
IEC 61000-4-3 80 MHz to 2.5 3.5
GHz d = ------- P =80 MHz to 800 MHz
V1

7
d = ------ P =800 MHz to 2.5 GHz
E1
where:
• P is the maximum output power rating
of the transmitter in watts (W) accord-
ing to the transmitter manufacturer,
and
• d is the recommended separation dis-
tance in meters (m).
aField strengths from fixed RF transmit-
ters, as determined by an
electromagnetic site survey, should be
less than the compliance level in each
frequency range.

CAUTION: bInterference may occur in
the vicinity of equipment marked with
the following symbol:

NOTE 1: At 80 MHz and 800 MHz, the higher frequency range applies.
NOTE 2: These guidelines may not apply in all situations. Electromagnetic propagation is affected by absorp-
tion and reflection from structures, objects and people.
a. Field strengths from fixed transmitters, such as base stations for radio (cellular/cordless) telephones and
land mobile radios, amateur radio, AM and FM radio broadcast and TV broadcast cannot be predicted
theoretically with accuracy. To assess the electromagnetic environment due to fixed RF transmitters, an
electromagnetic site survey should be considered. If the measured field strength in the location in which the
device is used exceeds the applicable RF compliance level above, the device should be observed to verify
normal operation. If abnormal performance is observed, additional measures may be necessary, such as
re-orienting or relocating the device.
b. Over the frequency range of 150 kHz to 80 MHz, field strengths should be less than 3 V/m.

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Table 4. Recommended Separation Distances between Portable and Mobile RF Communications
Equipment and the Device
The device is intended for use in the electromagnetic environment in which radiated RF disturbances are
controlled. The customer or the user of the device can help prevent electromagnetic interference by
maintaining a minimum distance between portable and mobile RF communications equipment (transmitters)
and the device as recommenced below, according to the maximum output power of the communications
equipment.
Separation Distance According to Frequency of Transmitter
(meters)
Rated Maximum Output Power
of Transmitter 150 kHz to 80 MHz 80 MHz to 800 MHz 800 MHz to 2.5 GHz
3.5
(Watts) d = ------- P 3.5 7
V1 d = ------- P d = ------ P
E1 E1
0.01 0.12 0.12 0.23
0.1 0.37 0.37 0.74
1 1.17 1.17 2.33
10 3.69 3.69 7.38
100 11.67 11.67 23.33
For transmitters rated at a maximum output power not listed above, the recommended separation distance
d in meters (m) can be estimated using the equation applicable to the frequency of the transmitter, where P
is the maximum output power rating of the transmitter in watts (W) according to the transmitter manufacturer.
NOTE 1. At 80 MHz and 800 MHz, the separation distance for the higher frequency applies.
NOTE 2. These guidelines may not apply in all situations. Electromagnetic propagation is affected by
absorption and reflection from structures, objects, and people.

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