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Dose-guided radiation therapy with megavoltage cone-beam CT.

UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of California San Francisco, 1600 Divisadero Street, Suite H1031, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA.
The British journal of radiology (Impact Factor: 1.53). 10/2006; 79 Spec No 1(special_issue_1):S87-98. DOI: 10.1259/bjr/60612178
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ABSTRACT Recent advances in fractionated external beam radiation therapy have increased our ability to deliver radiation doses that conform more tightly to the tumour volume. The steeper dose gradients delivered in these treatments make it increasingly important to set precisely the positions of the patient and the internal organs. For this reason, considerable research now focuses on methods using three-dimensional images of the patient on the treatment table to adapt either the patient position or the treatment plan, to account for variable organ locations. In this article, we briefly review the different adaptive methods being explored and discuss a proposed dose-guided radiation therapy strategy that adapts the treatment for future fractions to compensate for dosimetric errors from past fractions. The main component of this strategy is a procedure to reconstruct the dose delivered to the patient based on treatment-time portal images and pre-treatment megavoltage cone-beam computed tomography (MV CBCT) images of the patient. We describe the work to date performed to develop our dose reconstruction procedure, including the implementation of a MV CBCT system for clinical use, experiments performed to calibrate MV CBCT for electron density and to use the calibrated MV CBCT for dose calculations, and the dosimetric calibration of the portal imager. We also present an example of a reconstructed patient dose using a preliminary reconstruction program and discuss the technical challenges that remain to full implementation of dose reconstruction and dose-guided therapy.

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