Modeling set-up error by daily MVCT for prostate adjuvant treatment delivered in 20 fractions: Implications for the assessment of the optimal correction strategies

Sara Broggi, Cesare Cozzarini, Claudio Fiorino, Eleonora Maggiulli, Filippo Alongi, Giovanni Mauro Cattaneo, Nadia Di Muzio, Riccardo Calandrino

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Abstract

Purpose: To optimise image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) approaches in set-up error correction for hypofractionated adjuvant treatment of prostate cancer using helical tomotherapy (HT). Methods and materials: HT unit provides megavoltage - CT (MVCT) imaging capability for daily patient set-up. The intrinsic uncertainty of the available image registration techniques was first investigated on a pelvic phantom. To optimise different set-up correction strategies, MVCT data of 37 patients treated with 58 Gy delivered in 20 fractions were analyzed. 620 MVCT images were globally available for the analysis. Daily on-line set-up correction without any action level was applied for 27/37 patients. The residual and the effective set-up error were assessed. For 10/37 patients an off-line correction strategy with an action level was applied. Results: Phantom measurements showed an intrinsic uncertainty in MVCT imaging and registration around 0.6 mm (±0.5 mm) for each of the three main axes. The minimum value of the residual systematic error was found at 7th-10th session, with values between 0.7 and 1.1 mm (1 SD); a systematic residual error

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-252
Number of pages7
JournalRadiotherapy and Oncology
Volume93
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009

Keywords

  • Correction strategies
  • Image-guided radiotherapy
  • Set-up errors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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