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Title: Transmission study of the Abdominal Compression plate (BodyFIX Diaphragm Control) for abdominal and stereotactic body radiotherapy.
Austin Authors: Vaithianathan, Hema;Harris, Benjamin
Affiliation: Radiation Oncology
Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre
Issue Date: Sep-2021
Date: 2021-08-02
Publication information: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics 2021; 22(9): 232-241
Abstract: Abdominal Compression is one of the methods available to minimize breathing motion during stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), particularly for abdominal malignancies. It might be necessary to treat some tumors with radiation entering through the compression device. One clinically available compression plate device (Elekta BodyFIX Diaphragm Control) was evaluated to understand its impact on dosimetry during clinical treatments. The BodyFIX compression device was CT scanned following departmental stereo scanning protocols. Treatment planning system (TPS) calculations were used to determine attenuation ratios through each section of the compression device: the outer frame, compression plate, and higher density couch fixation points and compression screw. TPS calculated skin doses where the compression plate will come in contact with the skin were recorded. All attenuation ratio fields were measured on an Elekta Versa HD linear accelerator. Where differences in attenuation were observed, TPS density overrides were found to bring calculated doses into agreement with measurement. The compression plate and frame showed low dose attenuation (3%-4%). Only minor density overrides for the frame were required due to artefacts from the limited CT field-of-view. The high-density materials in the couch fixation points resulted in higher attenuation (14%-20%). Similarly, the compression screw recorded very high attenuation (44%-65%), depending on the length of screw used. Skin doses assessed from the TPS calculations showed dose build-up under the compression plate that would result in skin receiving the maximum dose. Compression devices can cause significant dose attenuation. Density overrides for TPS calculations are recommended for correcting attenuation in some sections of the device. High-density structures like the fixation screw and frame fixation points create high levels of dosimetric uncertainty, and beam entry through those areas has been disallowed.
DOI: 10.1002/acm2.13373
Journal: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
PubMed URL: 34339578
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: abdominal compression
motion management
stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT)
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