Dose-volume factors to select patient-specific image-guidance action thresholds in prostate cancer

A. M. Block, J. Lin, M. A. Hoggarth, M. Quinn, R. Garza, C. A. Mantz, J. C. Roeske

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For radiation delivery tracking systems that monitor intrafraction prostate motion, generalized departmental threshold protocols may be used. The purpose of this study is to determine whether predefined action thresholds can be generally applied or if patient-specific action thresholds may be required. Software algorithms were developed in the MatLab (The Mathworks Inc., Natick, MA) software environment to simulate shifts of the patient structure set consisting of prostate, bladder, and rectum. These structures were shifted by 1/2 10 mm in each direction in 1 mm increments to simulate displacements during treatment, without taking into consideration organ deformity. Dose-volume data at each shift were plotted and analyzed. A linear relationship was observed between planning dose-volume parameters and shifted dose-volume parameters. For a 5 mm anterior shift, it was observed that individual rectal V70 values increased by absolute magnitudes of 6-15%, dependent on the planning rectal V70 of each patient. Likewise, for a 5 mm inferior shift, individual bladder V70 values increased by 1-14%, dependent on planning bladder V70. This linear relationship was observed for all levels of shifts up to 10 mm. Since rectum and bladder dose-volume changes due to patient shifts are dependent on dose-volume parameters, this study suggests that patient-specific action thresholds may be necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-217
Number of pages7
JournalTechnology in Cancer Research and Treatment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Action thresholds
  • IGRT
  • Motion
  • Prostate
  • Tracking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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