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Radiation Oncology

, 9:61

Clinical Radiation Oncology

Abstract

PurposeThe aim of this study was to investigate the peripheral doses resulting from volumetric modulated arc therapy VMAT and intensity modulated radiotherapy IMRT techniques in cervical cancer radiotherapy.

MethodsNine patients with cervical cancer had treatment planned with both VMAT and IMRT. A specially designed phantom was used for this study, with ion chambers placed at interest points approximating the position of the breast, thyroid, and lens. The peripheral doses at the phantom interest points were measured and compared between the VMAT and IMRT techniques.

ResultsVMAT provides a potential dosimetric advantage compared with IMRT. The mean ± standard deviation peripheral dose to the breast point for 1 fraction 2 Gy during VMAT measured 5.13 ± 0.96 mGy, compared with 9.04 ± 1.50 mGy for IMRT. At the thyroid and lens interest points, the mean ± standard deviation peripheral dose during VMAT was 2.19 ± 0.33 and 2.16 ± 0.28 mGy, compared with 7.07 ± 0.76 and 6.97 ± 0.91 mGy for IMRT, respectively. VMAT reduced the monitor units used by 28% and shortened the treatment delivery time by 54% compared with IMRT.

ConclusionWhile the dosimetric results are similar for both techniques, VMAT results in a lower peripheral dose to the patient and reduces the monitor-unit usage and treatment delivery time compared with IMRT.

KeywordsCervical cancer Volumetric modulated arc therapy Intensity modulated radiation therapy Peripheral dose Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1748-717X-9-61 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Ming X Jia - Xu Zhang - Ce Yin - Ge Feng - Na Li - Song Gao - Da W Liu

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