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Influence of optimizing protocol choice on the integral dose value in prostate radiotherapy planning by dynamic techniques – Pilot study

Anna Zaleska, Krzysztof Bogaczyk, Tomasz Piotrowski
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2017.04.003
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2017;22(5):415-419.

open access

Vol 22, No 5 (2017)
Short communication
Published online: 2017-09-01
Submitted: 2016-09-17

Abstract

Aim

The purpose of this study was to compare the values of integral dose, calculated for treatment plans of dynamic radiotherapy techniques prepared with two different optimization protocols.

Background

Delivering radiation by IMRT, VMAT and also HT techniques has an influence on the low dose deposition of large areas of the patient body. Delivery of low dose can induce injury of healthy cells. In this situation, a good solution would be to reduce the area, which receives a low dose, but with appropriate dose level for the target volume.

Materials and methods

To calculate integral dose values of plans structures, we used 90 external beam radiotherapy plans prepared for three techniques (intensity modulated radiotherapy, volumetric modulated arc therapy and helical tomotherapy). One technique includes three different geometry combinations. 45 plans were prepared with classic optimization protocol and 45 with rings optimization protocol which should reduce the low doses in the normal tissue.

Results

Differences in values of the integral dose depend on the geometry and technique of irradiation, as well as optimization protocol used in preparing treatment plans. The application of the rings optimization caused the value of normal tissue integral dose (NTID) to decrease.

Conclusion

It is possible to limit the area of low dose irradiation and reduce NTID in dynamic techniques with the same clinical constraints for OAR and PTV volumes by using an optimization protocol other than the classic one.

Abstract

Aim

The purpose of this study was to compare the values of integral dose, calculated for treatment plans of dynamic radiotherapy techniques prepared with two different optimization protocols.

Background

Delivering radiation by IMRT, VMAT and also HT techniques has an influence on the low dose deposition of large areas of the patient body. Delivery of low dose can induce injury of healthy cells. In this situation, a good solution would be to reduce the area, which receives a low dose, but with appropriate dose level for the target volume.

Materials and methods

To calculate integral dose values of plans structures, we used 90 external beam radiotherapy plans prepared for three techniques (intensity modulated radiotherapy, volumetric modulated arc therapy and helical tomotherapy). One technique includes three different geometry combinations. 45 plans were prepared with classic optimization protocol and 45 with rings optimization protocol which should reduce the low doses in the normal tissue.

Results

Differences in values of the integral dose depend on the geometry and technique of irradiation, as well as optimization protocol used in preparing treatment plans. The application of the rings optimization caused the value of normal tissue integral dose (NTID) to decrease.

Conclusion

It is possible to limit the area of low dose irradiation and reduce NTID in dynamic techniques with the same clinical constraints for OAR and PTV volumes by using an optimization protocol other than the classic one.

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Keywords

Integral dose; Prostate; IMRT; VMAT; HT

About this article
Title

Influence of optimizing protocol choice on the integral dose value in prostate radiotherapy planning by dynamic techniques – Pilot study

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 22, No 5 (2017)

Pages

415-419

Published online

2017-09-01

DOI

10.1016/j.rpor.2017.04.003

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2017;22(5):415-419.

Keywords

Integral dose
Prostate
IMRT
VMAT
HT

Authors

Anna Zaleska
Krzysztof Bogaczyk
Tomasz Piotrowski

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