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Dose distribution homogeneity in two TBI techniques—Analysis of 208 irradiated patients conducted in Stanislaw Leszczynski Memorial Hospital, Katowice

Aneta Kawa-Iwanicka, Włodzimierz Łobodziec, Marcin Dybek, Dorota Nenko, Tomasz Iwanicki
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2012.07.013
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2012;17(6):367-375.

open access

Vol 17, No 6 (2012)
Original research articles
Published online: 2012-11-01
Submitted: 2011-11-08

Abstract

Background

To analyze and compare dose distribution homogeneity in selected points (especially in the chest wall region) for patients irradiated with two different TBI techniques to achieve a uniform total dose (excluding lungs area) specified in the range of 11.4–14.0[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]Gy.

Material and methods

From August 2000 to December 2009, a group of 158 patients was treated by the use of 15[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]MV photon irradiation consisting of six fractions: four opposed lateral and two anterior–posterior/posterior–anterior (AP/PA). Patients were irradiated with the fraction dose of 2[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]Gy twice a day for 3 consecutive days. The prescribed dose to PC point (specified at intersection of the beam axis with the mid-plane of the patient irradiated laterally) was 12[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]Gy. Since January 2010 until closing the study, another group of 50 patients was treated according to a modified protocol. The treatment was carried out in six lateral fractions only, twice a day, for three following days and a lateral lung shield was used for a part of total irradiation time. The measurements of doses in 20 selected points of patient's body were carried out by means of MOSFET detectors.

Results

The modified TBI technique allows to achieve an expected homogenous dose in the points of interest similar to that obtained by using the initial protocol. The calculated and measured in vivo doses met the specified range of 11.4–14[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]Gy for both applied TBI protocols.

Conclusions

Our results indicate that for all patients the homogenous dose distribution in the specified range was achieved.

Abstract

Background

To analyze and compare dose distribution homogeneity in selected points (especially in the chest wall region) for patients irradiated with two different TBI techniques to achieve a uniform total dose (excluding lungs area) specified in the range of 11.4–14.0[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]Gy.

Material and methods

From August 2000 to December 2009, a group of 158 patients was treated by the use of 15[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]MV photon irradiation consisting of six fractions: four opposed lateral and two anterior–posterior/posterior–anterior (AP/PA). Patients were irradiated with the fraction dose of 2[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]Gy twice a day for 3 consecutive days. The prescribed dose to PC point (specified at intersection of the beam axis with the mid-plane of the patient irradiated laterally) was 12[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]Gy. Since January 2010 until closing the study, another group of 50 patients was treated according to a modified protocol. The treatment was carried out in six lateral fractions only, twice a day, for three following days and a lateral lung shield was used for a part of total irradiation time. The measurements of doses in 20 selected points of patient's body were carried out by means of MOSFET detectors.

Results

The modified TBI technique allows to achieve an expected homogenous dose in the points of interest similar to that obtained by using the initial protocol. The calculated and measured in vivo doses met the specified range of 11.4–14[[ce:hsp sp="0.25"/]]Gy for both applied TBI protocols.

Conclusions

Our results indicate that for all patients the homogenous dose distribution in the specified range was achieved.

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Keywords

TBI; MOSFET dosimetry; Dose homogeneity; VMAT

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Title

Dose distribution homogeneity in two TBI techniques—Analysis of 208 irradiated patients conducted in Stanislaw Leszczynski Memorial Hospital, Katowice

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 17, No 6 (2012)

Pages

367-375

Published online

2012-11-01

DOI

10.1016/j.rpor.2012.07.013

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2012;17(6):367-375.

Keywords

TBI
MOSFET dosimetry
Dose homogeneity
VMAT

Authors

Aneta Kawa-Iwanicka
Włodzimierz Łobodziec
Marcin Dybek
Dorota Nenko
Tomasz Iwanicki

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