A Method of respiratory phase optimization for better dose sparing of organs at risks: A validation study in patients with lung cancer

Seong Hee Kang, Siyong Kim, Dong Su Kim, Tae Ho Kim, So Hyun Park, Dong Seok Shin, Kyeong Hyeon Kim, Min Seok Cho, Yeon Sil Kim, Tae Suk Suh

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Abstract

Background: To propose an effective and simple cost value function to determine an optimal respiratory phase for lung treatment using either respiratory gating or breath-hold technique. Results: The optimized phase was obtained at a phase close to end inhalation in 11 out of 15 patients. For the rest of patients, the optimized phase was obtained at a phase close to end exhalation indicating that optimal phase can be patient specific. The mean doses of the Organs-at-risk (OARs) significantly decreased at the optimized phase without compromising the planning target volume (PTV) coverage (about 8% for all 3 OARs considered). Materials and Methods: Fifteen lung patients were included for the feasibility test of the cost function. For all patients and all phases, delineation of the target volume and selected OARs such as esophagus, heart, and spinal cord was performed, and then cost values were calculated for all phases. After the breathing phases were ranked according to the cost values obtained, the relationship between score and dose distribution was evaluated by comparing dose volume histogram (DVH). Conclusions: The proposed cost value function can play an important role in choosing an optimal phase with minimal effort, that is, without actual plan optimization at all phases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-216
Number of pages12
JournalOncotarget
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Breath-hold
  • Lung cancer
  • Overlap volume histogram
  • Respiratory gated radiotherapy
  • Respiratory phase optimization

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    Kang, S. H., Kim, S., Kim, D. S., Kim, T. H., Park, S. H., Shin, D. S., Kim, K. H., Cho, M. S., Kim, Y. S., & Suh, T. S. (2018). A Method of respiratory phase optimization for better dose sparing of organs at risks: A validation study in patients with lung cancer. Oncotarget, 9(1), 205-216. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.23353