Guidelines for the delineation of nodal regions of the head and neck on axial computed tomography images

Mauro Palazzi, Carlo Soatti, Ernestina Bianchi, Daniela Alterio, Ambrogia Baio, Chiara Bocci, Alberto Bonetta, Lucia Feltre, Renata Guzzetti, Barbara A. Jereczek-Fossa, Ana Merlotti

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Abstract

Delineation of target volumes is increasingly recognized as the most crucial step within the process of modern conformal radiotherapy. In the field of head and neck radiation oncology, the need for a standardized methodology in the delineation of nodal regions of the neck on computed tomography (CT) images has recently emerged. To address this issue, a consensus document has been prepared by the Head and Neck Working Party of the AIRO-Lombardia Cooperative Group, based on the proceedings of multidisciplinary meetings and on literature findings. The document contains detailed guidelines for the delineation on CT images of the nodal regions of the neck, including for each nodal region (1 to 7) the description of anatomical limits as seen on CT images.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-360
Number of pages6
JournalTumori
Volume88
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2002

Keywords

  • Conformal radiotherapy
  • Head and neck
  • Nodal regions
  • Target delineation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research

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    Palazzi, M., Soatti, C., Bianchi, E., Alterio, D., Baio, A., Bocci, C., Bonetta, A., Feltre, L., Guzzetti, R., Jereczek-Fossa, B. A., & Merlotti, A. (2002). Guidelines for the delineation of nodal regions of the head and neck on axial computed tomography images. Tumori, 88(5), 355-360.