Uses of therapeutic x rays in medicine.
ABSTRACT Treatment of diseases with x rays began within months of Roentgen's discovery, and within four years x rays were being used successfully for the treatment of skin cancers. Deep-seated cancers began to be treated successfully in the 1920's with the advent of "deep" x-ray units and, especially, once supervoltage therapy machines became available in the 1930's. The 1940's and 1950's saw significant growth of megavoltage therapy, initially with Van de Graaff generators and betatrons, and later with linear accelerators. Linear accelerators became popular during the 1960's and 1970's and, by the 1980's they began to replace 60Co units as the most common form of treatment machine. With high-energy linear accelerators, computerized treatment planning, and ingenious fractionation schemes, modern radiotherapy has become a vital component of cancer treatment.
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ABSTRACT: Localized irradiation is a common treatment modality for malignancies in the pelvic-abdominal cavity. We report here on the changes in bone mass and strength in mice 7-14 days after abdominal irradiation. Male C57BL/6 mice of 10-12 weeks of age were given a single-dose (0, 5, 10, 15 or 20 Gy) or fractionated (3 Gy × 2 per day × 7.5 days) X rays to the abdomen and monitored daily for up to 14 days. A decrease in the serum bone formation marker and ex vivo osteoblast differentiation was detected 7 days after a single dose of radiation, with little change in the serum bone resorption marker and ex vivo osteoclast formation. A single dose of radiation elicited a loss of bone mineral density (BMD) within 14 days of irradiation. The BMD loss was up to 4.1% in the whole skeleton, 7.3% in tibia, and 7.7% in the femur. Fractionated abdominal irradiation induced similar extents of BMD loss 10 days after the last fraction: 6.2% in the whole skeleton, 5.1% in tibia, and 13.8% in the femur. The loss of BMD was dependent on radiation dose and was more profound in the trabecula-rich regions of the long bones. Moreover, BMD loss in the total skeleton and the femurs progressed with time. Peak load and stiffness in the mid-shaft tibia from irradiated mice were 11.2-14.2% and 11.5-25.0% lower, respectively, than sham controls tested 7 days after a single-dose abdominal irradiation. Our data demonstrate that abdominal irradiation induces a rapid loss of BMD in the mouse skeleton. These effects are bone type- and region-specific but are independent of radiation fractionation. The radiation-induced abscopal damage to the skeleton is manifested by the deterioration of biomechanical properties of the affected bone.Radiation Research 08/2011; 176(5):624-35. DOI:10.2307/41318230 · 2.45 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: To investigate the feasibility of using intermediate energy 2 MV x-rays for extracranial robotic intensity modulated radiation therapy. Two megavolts flattening filter free x-rays were simulated using the Monte Carlo code MCNP (v4c). A convolution/superposition dose calculation program was tuned to match the Monte Carlo calculation. The modeled 2 MV x-rays and actual 6 MV flattened x-rays from existing Varian Linacs were used in integrated beam orientation and fluence optimization for a head and neck, a liver, a lung, and a partial breast treatment. A column generation algorithm was used for the intensity modulation and beam orientation optimization. Identical optimization parameters were applied in three different planning modes for each site: 2, 6 MV, and dual energy 2/6 MV. Excellent agreement was observed between the convolution/superposition and the Monte Carlo calculated percent depth dose profiles. For the patient plans, overall, the 2/6 MV x-ray plans had the best dosimetry followed by 2 MV only and 6 MV only plans. Between the two single energy plans, the PTV coverage was equivalent but 2 MV x-rays improved organs-at-risk sparing. For the head and neck case, the 2MV plan reduced lips, mandible, tongue, oral cavity, brain, larynx, left and right parotid gland mean doses by 14%, 8%, 4%, 14%, 24%, 6%, 30% and 16%, respectively. For the liver case, the 2 MV plan reduced the liver and body mean doses by 17% and 18%, respectively. For the lung case, lung V20, V10, and V5 were reduced by 13%, 25%, and 30%, respectively. V10 of heart with 2 MV plan was reduced by 59%. For the partial breast treatment, the 2 MV plan reduced the mean dose to the ipsilateral and contralateral lungs by 27% and 47%, respectively. The mean body dose was reduced by 16%. The authors showed the feasibility of using flattening filter free 2 MV x-rays for extracranial treatments as evidenced by equivalent or superior dosimetry compared to 6 MV plans using the same inverse noncoplanar intensity modulated planning method.Medical Physics 04/2014; 41(4):041709. DOI:10.1118/1.4868464 · 3.01 Impact Factor