American Brachytherapy Society recommends no change for prostate permanent implant dose prescriptions using iodine-125 or palladium-103

Mark J. Rivard, Wayne M. Butler, Phillip M. Devlin, John K. Hayes, Robert A. Hearn, Eugene P. Lief, Ali S. Meigooni, Gregory S. Merrick, Jeffrey F. Williamson

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Purpose: In 2004, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) issued a report outlining recommended 125I and 103Pd datasets for consistency in calculating brachytherapy dose distributions. In 2005, to aid evaluating the clinical impact of implementing these datasets, the AAPM assessed the historical dependence of how prescribed doses differed from administered doses for 125I and 103Pd for permanent implantation of the prostate. Consequently, the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) considered the nature of these changes towards issuing recommended dose prescriptions for 125I and 103Pd interstitial brachytherapy implants for monotherapy and standard boosts. Methods and materials: An investigation was performed of the 2005 AAPM analysis to determine changes in administered dose while affixing prescribed dose using 2004 AAPM 125I and 103Pd brachytherapy dosimetry datasets for prostate implants. For 125I and 103Pd, administered dose would change by +1.4% and +4.2%, respectively. The biological and societal impact of changing prescribed dose was considered. Results: Based on the need for clinical constancy and in recognition of overall uncertainties, the ABS recommends immediate implementation of the 2004 AAPM consensus brachytherapy dosimetry datasets and no changes to 125I and 103Pd dose prescriptions at this time. Conclusions: Radiation oncologists should continue to prescribe monotherapy doses of 145 Gy and 125 Gy for 125I and 103Pd, respectively, and standard boost doses of 100-110 Gy and 90-100 Gy for 125I and 103Pd, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-37
Number of pages4
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007


  • ABS guidelines
  • Dosimetry
  • I
  • Pd
  • Prescription
  • Prostate brachytherapy


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