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Current status of IMRT in head and neck cancer

Jaime Gomez-Millan, Jesús Romero Fernández, Jose Antonio Medina Carmona
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2013.09.008
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2013;18(6):371-375.

open access

Vol 18, No 6 (2013)
SpeciaI issue papers
Published online: 2013-11-01
Submitted: 2013-04-30

Abstract

Background

IMRT provides highly conformal dose distributions creating non uniform spatial intensity using different segments in the beam.

Material & Methods and Results

Different retrospective studies have shown a high capability of IMRT to treat tumours close to the base of skull. Prospective studies have shown a decrease in xerostomia compared with conventional 3D conformal treatment (3DCRT). Modulation of intensity is performed by the movement of the multileaf collimator (MLC) that can deliver the radiation in different ways, such as static field segments, dynamic field segments and rotational delivery (arc therapy and tomotherapy). There are slight differences among the different techniques in terms of homogeneity, dose conformity and treatment delivery time.

Conclusions

The best method to deliver IMRT will depend on multiple factors such as deliverability, practicality, user training and plan quality.

Abstract

Background

IMRT provides highly conformal dose distributions creating non uniform spatial intensity using different segments in the beam.

Material & Methods and Results

Different retrospective studies have shown a high capability of IMRT to treat tumours close to the base of skull. Prospective studies have shown a decrease in xerostomia compared with conventional 3D conformal treatment (3DCRT). Modulation of intensity is performed by the movement of the multileaf collimator (MLC) that can deliver the radiation in different ways, such as static field segments, dynamic field segments and rotational delivery (arc therapy and tomotherapy). There are slight differences among the different techniques in terms of homogeneity, dose conformity and treatment delivery time.

Conclusions

The best method to deliver IMRT will depend on multiple factors such as deliverability, practicality, user training and plan quality.

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Keywords

Intensity modulated radiation therapy; Head and neck cancer; Rotational therapy; Tomotherapy

About this article
Title

Current status of IMRT in head and neck cancer

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 18, No 6 (2013)

Pages

371-375

Published online

2013-11-01

DOI

10.1016/j.rpor.2013.09.008

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2013;18(6):371-375.

Keywords

Intensity modulated radiation therapy
Head and neck cancer
Rotational therapy
Tomotherapy

Authors

Jaime Gomez-Millan
Jesús Romero Fernández
Jose Antonio Medina Carmona

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