Translational and rotational localization errors in cone-beam CT based image-guided lung stereotactic radiotherapy

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Purpose: Accurate localization is crucial in delivering safe and effective stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). The aim of this study was to analyse the accuracy of image-guidance using the cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) of the VERO system in 57 patients treated for lung SBRT and to calculate the treatment margins. Materials and methods: The internal target volume (ITV) was obtained by contouring the tumor on maximum and mean intensity projection CT images reconstructed from a respiration correlated 4D-CT. Translational and rotational tumor localization errors were identified by comparing the manual registration of the ITV to the motion-blurred tumor on the CBCT and they were corrected by means of the robotic couch and the ring rotation. A verification CBCT was acquired after correction in order to evaluate residual errors. Results: The mean 3D vector at initial set-up was 6.6. ±. 2.3. mm, which was significantly reduced to 1.6. ±. 0.8. mm after 6D automatic correction. 94% of the rotational errors were within 3°. The PTV margins used to compensate for residual tumor localization errors were 3.1, 3.5 and 3.3. mm in the LR, SI and AP directions, respectively. Conclusions: On-line image guidance with the ITV-CBCT matching technique and automatic 6D correction of the VERO system allowed a very accurate tumor localization in lung SBRT.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysica Medica
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Dec 2 2015


  • Image-guided radiotherapy
  • Lung SBRT
  • Translational and rotational localization error

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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