An evaluation of the consistency of shifts reported by three different systems for non-coplanar treatments
Vikren Sarkar, Adam Paxton, Martin W Szegedi, Hui Zhao, Long Huang, Geoff Nelson, Yu-Huei Jessica Huang, Fanchi Su, Prema Rassiah-Szegedi and Bill J Salter
Treatment of intra-cranial lesions sometimes requires a non-coplanar beam configuration. One of the most commonly used IGRT modalities, kV conebeam CT, cannot typically be used when large couch rotations are introduced. However, multiple other systems allow for imaging/tracking the patient for such situations. This work compares shift consistency from three independent systems, namely Varian’s Advanced Imaging, Brainlab’s Exactrac and Varian’s OSMS, all installed on the same linear accelerator. After a phantom was first positioned using conebeam CT, the three systems were used to determine shifts at different couch positions. This was done with and without intentional shifts inserted in the original phantom position. Results show that the difference in shifts between the three systems was never more than 0.7 mm (average of 0.2 mm, standard deviation of 0.2 mm). These results confirm that all three systems are equivalent to within 1 mm and may potentially be uses interchangeably, especially in cases where the PTV margin is on the order of 1 mm.
Keywords: image guided radiotherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, surface monitoring, intrafractional motion monitoring