TITLE

PEG spacer gel and adaptive planning vs single plan in external prostate radiotherapy—clinical dosimetry evaluation

AUTHOR(S)
HEIKKILÄ, VESA-PEKKA
PUB. DATE
November 2015
SOURCE
British Journal of Radiology;Nov2015, Vol. 88 Issue 1055, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Objective: Spacer gel is used to reduce the rectal dose in prostate radiotherapy. It is injected to increase the distance between the prostate and rectum. During the course of external radiotherapy treatment, physiological changes in rectal volume exist. When using polyethylene glycol material, such as DuraSeal® (Covidien, Mansfield, MA), gel resorption also occurs. Together, these factors alter the original dose plan distribution. Methods: External dose planning and calculations were simulated using images acquired from 10 patients who were treated with brachytherapy and gel. The CT series was taken relative to gel injection: pre 1 day, post 1 day, post 1 month and post 2 months. Adaptive planning was compared with a single plan. Results: Adaptive planning shows better results compared with the single plan used in the total treatment course; however, the effect is minor. Conclusion: Gel usage is clearly favourable to rectal DVH. Using adaptive planning with gel improves rectal DVH but is not necessary according to this study. Advances in knowledge: Spacer gel is used in prostate radiotherapy to increase distance between the prostate and the rectum, thus reducing the rectal doses. During the treatment course, gel resorption exists which affects the rectal doses. The usefulness of adaptive planning to compensate this resorption effect has not been studied before.
ACCESSION #
111376260

 

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