skip to main content
OSTI.GOV title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Title: Reducing patient posture variability using the predicted couch position

Abstract

A method is presented in which the couch position is predicted before the treatment instead of obtaining a reference position at the first treatment fraction. This prevents systematic differences in patient posture between preparation and treatment. In literature, only limited data are available on couch positioning. We position our patients at the planned couch position, allowing a small difference between skin marks and lasers, followed by online imaging. For a 3-month period, our standard deviations (mm) in couch position in the vertical, longitudinal, and lateral directions were head and neck—1.6, 2.8, and 2.5; thorax—2.9, 5.5, and 4.5; breast—3.0, 4.1, and 4.0; and pelvis—3.5, 4.0, and 4.7, respectively. We have improved the reproducibility of patient posture in our institute by using the predicted couch position. Our data may serve as a reference for other institutes because the couch position variation is less than that published in literature.

Authors:
;
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22462442
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Medical Dosimetry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 40; Journal Issue: 3; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2015 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0958-3947
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOSIMETRY; BIOMEDICAL RADIOGRAPHY; CHEST; HEAD; LASERS; MAMMARY GLANDS; NECK; PATIENTS; PELVIS; POSITIONING; SKIN; VARIATIONS

Citation Formats

Kruijf, Wilhelmus J.M. de, E-mail: kruijf.de.w@bvi.nl, and Martens, Rob J.W. Reducing patient posture variability using the predicted couch position. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1016/J.MEDDOS.2014.12.002.
Kruijf, Wilhelmus J.M. de, E-mail: kruijf.de.w@bvi.nl, & Martens, Rob J.W. Reducing patient posture variability using the predicted couch position. United States. doi:10.1016/J.MEDDOS.2014.12.002.
Kruijf, Wilhelmus J.M. de, E-mail: kruijf.de.w@bvi.nl, and Martens, Rob J.W. Thu . "Reducing patient posture variability using the predicted couch position". United States. doi:10.1016/J.MEDDOS.2014.12.002.
@article{osti_22462442,
title = {Reducing patient posture variability using the predicted couch position},
author = {Kruijf, Wilhelmus J.M. de, E-mail: kruijf.de.w@bvi.nl and Martens, Rob J.W.},
abstractNote = {A method is presented in which the couch position is predicted before the treatment instead of obtaining a reference position at the first treatment fraction. This prevents systematic differences in patient posture between preparation and treatment. In literature, only limited data are available on couch positioning. We position our patients at the planned couch position, allowing a small difference between skin marks and lasers, followed by online imaging. For a 3-month period, our standard deviations (mm) in couch position in the vertical, longitudinal, and lateral directions were head and neck—1.6, 2.8, and 2.5; thorax—2.9, 5.5, and 4.5; breast—3.0, 4.1, and 4.0; and pelvis—3.5, 4.0, and 4.7, respectively. We have improved the reproducibility of patient posture in our institute by using the predicted couch position. Our data may serve as a reference for other institutes because the couch position variation is less than that published in literature.},
doi = {10.1016/J.MEDDOS.2014.12.002},
journal = {Medical Dosimetry},
issn = {0958-3947},
number = 3,
volume = 40,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {10}
}