Stereographic targeting in prostate radiotherapy: Speed and precision by daily automatic positioning corrections using kilovoltage/megavoltage image pairs

Theodore Mutanga, Hans Boer, Gerard Wielen, D (Davy) Wentzler, JC (Jaco C.) Barnhoorn, Luca Incrocci, Ben Heijmen

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Purpose: A fully automated, fast, on-line prostate repositioning scheme using implanted markers, kilovoltage/megavoltage imaging, and remote couch movements has been developed and clinically applied. The initial clinical results of this stereographic targeting (SGT) method, as well as phantom evaluations, are presented. Methods and Materials: Using the SGT method, portal megavoltage images are acquired with the first two to six monitor units of a treatment beam, immediately followed by acquisition of an orthogonal kilovoltage image without gantry motion. The image pair is automatically analyzed to obtain the marker positions and three-dimensional prostate displacement and rotation. Remote control couch shifts are applied to correct for the displacement. The SGT performance was measured using both phantom images and images from 10 prostate cancer patients treated using SGT. Results: With phantom measurements, the accuracy of SGT was 0.5, 0.2, and 0.3 mm (standard deviation [SDI) for the left-right, craniocaudal, and anteroposterior directions, respectively, for translations and 0.5 degrees (SD) for the rotations around all axes. Clinically, the success rate for automatic marker detection was 99.5%, and the accuracy was 0.3, 0.5 and 0.8 mm (SD) in the left-right, craniocaudal, and anteroposterior axes. The SDs of the systematic center-of-mass positioning errors (Sigma) were reduced from 4.0 mm to <0.5 mm for all axes. The corresponding SD of the random (sigma) errors was reduced from 3.0 to <0.8 mm. These small residual errors were achieved with a treatment time extension of <1 min. Conclusion: Stereographic targeting yields systematic and random prostate positioning errors of <1 mm with <1 min of added treatment time. (C) 2008 Elsevier Inc.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1074-1083
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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