Using MRI to measure position and anatomy changes and assess their impact on the accuracy of hyperthermia treatment planning for cervical cancer

Iva VilasBoas-Ribeiro*, Martine Franckena, Gerard C. van Rhoon, Juan A. Hernández-Tamames, Margarethus M. Paulides

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Abstract

Purpose: We studied the differences between planning and treatment position, their impact on the accuracy of hyperthermia treatment planning (HTP) predictions, and the relevance of including true treatment anatomy and position in HTP based on magnetic resonance (MR) images. Materials and methods: All volunteers were scanned with an MR-compatible hyperthermia device, including a filled waterbolus, to replicate the treatment setup. In the planning setup, the volunteers were scanned without the device to reproduce the imaging in the current HTP. First, we used rigid registration to investigate the patient position displacements between the planning and treatment setup. Second, we performed HTP for the planning anatomy at both positions and the treatment mimicking anatomy to study the effects of positioning and anatomy on the quality of the simulated hyperthermia treatment. Treatment quality was evaluated using SAR-based parameters. Results: We found an average displacement of 2 cm between planning and treatment positions. These displacements caused average absolute differences of ∼12% for TC25 and 10.4%–15.9% in THQ. Furthermore, we found that including the accurate treatment position and anatomy in treatment planning led to an improvement of 2% in TC25 and 4.6%–10.6% in THQ. Conclusions: This study showed that precise patient position and anatomy are relevant since these affect the accuracy of HTP predictions. The major part of improved accuracy is related to implementing the correct position of the patient in the applicator. Hence, our study shows a clear incentive to accurately match the patient position in HTP with the actual treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2151648
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Hyperthermia
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • accuracy
  • changes in anatomy and position
  • hyperthermia treatment
  • hyperthermia treatment planning
  • MR imaging
  • SAR distribution

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