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Title: SU-F-T-510: Single Isocenter Radiosurgery for the Simultaneous Treatment of Multiple Brain Metastases: Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy Or Dynamic Conformal Arc?

Abstract

Purpose: This study evaluates a novel algorithm that can be used with any treatment planning system for simple and rapid generation of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) plans for treating multiple brain metastases using a single isocenter dynamic conformal arc (DCA) approach. This technique is compared with a single isocenter volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) technique in terms of delivery time, conformity, low dose spread and delivery accuracy. Methods: Five patients, with a total of 37 (5 – 11) targets were planned using a previously published method for generating optimal VMAT plans and using the proposed DCA algorithm. All planning target volumes (PTVs) were planned to 20 Gy, meeting a minimum 99% coverage and maximum 135 % hot spot for both techniques. Quality assurance was performed using radiochromic film, with films placed in the high dose regions of each PTV. Normal tissue volumes receiving 12 Gy and 6 Gy (V12 and V6) were computed for each plan. Conformity index (CI) and gamma evaluations (95% of points passing 4%/0.5mm) were computed for each PTV. Results: Delivery times, including beam on and table rotation times, were comparable: 17 – 22 minutes for all deliveries. V12s for DCA plans were (18.5±15.2 cc) vs. VMAT (19.7±14.4more » cc). V6s were significantly lower for DCA (69.0±52.0 cc) compared with VMAT (154.0±91.0 cc) (p <<0.05). CIs for VMAT targets were (1.38±0.50) vs. DCA (1.61±0.41). 36 of 37 DCA planned targets passed gamma tests, while 29 of 37 VMAT planned targets passed. Conclusion: Single isocenter DCA plans were easily achieved. The evaluation suggests that DCA may represent a favorable technique compared with VMAT for multiple target SRS by reducing dose to normal tissue and more accurately depicting deliverable dose.« less

Authors:
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  1. Cone Health Cancer Center, Greensboro, NC (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22649097
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Medical Physics; Journal Volume: 43; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: (c) 2016 American Association of Physicists in Medicine; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; 61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOSIMETRY; BRAIN; DELIVERY; DOSES; HOT SPOTS; METASTASES; PLANNING; QUALITY ASSURANCE; RADIOTHERAPY; SURGERY

Citation Formats

Maurer, J, Sintay, B, Manning, M, Wiant, D, and Liu, H. SU-F-T-510: Single Isocenter Radiosurgery for the Simultaneous Treatment of Multiple Brain Metastases: Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy Or Dynamic Conformal Arc?. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1118/1.4956695.
Maurer, J, Sintay, B, Manning, M, Wiant, D, & Liu, H. SU-F-T-510: Single Isocenter Radiosurgery for the Simultaneous Treatment of Multiple Brain Metastases: Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy Or Dynamic Conformal Arc?. United States. doi:10.1118/1.4956695.
Maurer, J, Sintay, B, Manning, M, Wiant, D, and Liu, H. 2016. "SU-F-T-510: Single Isocenter Radiosurgery for the Simultaneous Treatment of Multiple Brain Metastases: Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy Or Dynamic Conformal Arc?". United States. doi:10.1118/1.4956695.
@article{osti_22649097,
title = {SU-F-T-510: Single Isocenter Radiosurgery for the Simultaneous Treatment of Multiple Brain Metastases: Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy Or Dynamic Conformal Arc?},
author = {Maurer, J and Sintay, B and Manning, M and Wiant, D and Liu, H},
abstractNote = {Purpose: This study evaluates a novel algorithm that can be used with any treatment planning system for simple and rapid generation of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) plans for treating multiple brain metastases using a single isocenter dynamic conformal arc (DCA) approach. This technique is compared with a single isocenter volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) technique in terms of delivery time, conformity, low dose spread and delivery accuracy. Methods: Five patients, with a total of 37 (5 – 11) targets were planned using a previously published method for generating optimal VMAT plans and using the proposed DCA algorithm. All planning target volumes (PTVs) were planned to 20 Gy, meeting a minimum 99% coverage and maximum 135 % hot spot for both techniques. Quality assurance was performed using radiochromic film, with films placed in the high dose regions of each PTV. Normal tissue volumes receiving 12 Gy and 6 Gy (V12 and V6) were computed for each plan. Conformity index (CI) and gamma evaluations (95% of points passing 4%/0.5mm) were computed for each PTV. Results: Delivery times, including beam on and table rotation times, were comparable: 17 – 22 minutes for all deliveries. V12s for DCA plans were (18.5±15.2 cc) vs. VMAT (19.7±14.4 cc). V6s were significantly lower for DCA (69.0±52.0 cc) compared with VMAT (154.0±91.0 cc) (p <<0.05). CIs for VMAT targets were (1.38±0.50) vs. DCA (1.61±0.41). 36 of 37 DCA planned targets passed gamma tests, while 29 of 37 VMAT planned targets passed. Conclusion: Single isocenter DCA plans were easily achieved. The evaluation suggests that DCA may represent a favorable technique compared with VMAT for multiple target SRS by reducing dose to normal tissue and more accurately depicting deliverable dose.},
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  • Purpose: To evaluate the relative plan quality of single-isocenter vs. multi-isocenter volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) for radiosurgical treatment of multiple central nervous system metastases. Methods and Materials: VMAT plans were created using RapidArc technology for treatment of simulated patients with three brain metastases. The plans consisted of single-arc/single-isocenter, triple-arc (noncoplanar)/single-isocenter, and triple-arc (coplanar)/triple-isocenter configurations. All VMAT plans were normalized to deliver 100% of the 20-Gy prescription dose to all lesions. The plans were evaluated by calculation of Paddick and Radiation Therapy Oncology Group conformity index scores, Paddick gradient index scores, and 12-Gy isodose volumes. Results: All plans were judgedmore » clinically acceptable, but differences were observed in the dosimetric parameters, with the use of multiple noncoplanar arcs showing small improvements in the conformity indexes compared with the single-arc/single-isocenter and triple-arc (coplanar)/triple-isocenter plans. Multiple arc plans (triple-arc [noncoplanar]/single-isocenter and triple-arc [coplanar]/triple-isocenter) showed smaller 12-Gy isodose volumes in scenarios involving three metastases spaced closely together, with only small differences noted among all plans involving lesions spaced further apart. Conclusion: Our initial results suggest that single-isocenter VMAT plans can be used to deliver conformity equivalent to that of multiple isocenter VMAT techniques. For targets that are closely spaced, multiple noncoplanar single-isocenter arcs might be required. VMAT radiosurgery for multiple targets using a single isocenter can be efficiently delivered, requiring less than one-half the beam time required for multiple isocenter set ups. VMAT radiosurgery will likely replace multi-isocenter techniques for linear accelerator-based treatment of multiple targets.« less
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  • Purpose: To investigate some limitations of single isocenter VMAT for cranial multiple met cases. Methods: A single isocenter VMAT plan (Varian, Eclipse AAA10 commissioned down to 1 cm) was designed for two 7mm diameter spherical targets in a rectangular Solid Water (Gammex) phantom. The targets were separated by a distance of 6cm and the isocenter was centered in one of the targets. The plan was delivered (Varian, Truebeam STx) three separate times with different artificial couch angle errors of 0, 0.5 and 1 degree. The coronal dose distributions were measured with calibrated EBT3 film placed at mid-phantom. EBT3 film dosimetrymore » was also performed on the delivery of separate multiple arc vmat plans to targets below 6mm in diameter. Results: Measurements of the sup/inf dose profiles through the high dose distributions show no movement of the central axis high dose region and shifts of the high dose region intended for the off-axis target. For the 1 degree rotation error, the high dose region was shifted 1.04mm from the target. This corresponds to the shift expected from triangulation (60mmxTan(1deg)=1.047mm). Furthermore, a streak of 10% interleaf leakage dose was observed and is likely a Result of the off axis target traveling a wide path such that a long length of MLC is exposed for the whole arc. The calculated dose was about 10% to 15% low compared to that measured on film for a 5mm diameter target. Conclusion: Judicious use of additional margin for off axis targets or limits on the span of multiple mets treated with one isocenter is recommended. The magnitude of the margin should be based on the rotational errors evaluated for the positioning system and the distance of the target from the isocenter. A lower limit of lesion size that can be accurately treated with VMAT should be determined.« less
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