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Dosimetric comparison of Gamma knife® IconTM and linear accelerator-based fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (FSRT) plans for the re-irradiation of large (>14 cm3) recurrent glioblastomas
Matthew E. Schelin, Haisong Liu, Ayesha Ali, Wenyin Shi, Yan Yu and Karen E. Mooney

Our objective is to investigate dosimetric differences between clinically deliverable Gamma Knife® (GK) Icon™ and linac-based FSRT plans on the basis of normal brain dose sparing for large (>14 cm3) recurrent glioblastomas (GBM). Sixteen patients with large, recurrent GBM were treated using re-irradiation via linac-based FSRT, 35 Gy in 10 fractions. For each patient, a new GK FSRT plan was created in Leksell GammaPlan® V11 (LGP). To maintain clinical deliverability, the LGP optimization included a planning goal of treatment time <20 minutes per fraction. Dosimetric comparison of coverage and normal brain dose between the linac and GK treatment plans was performed in MIM. The GK FSRT plans had significantly (p < 0.05) lower mean normal brain dose values (-8.85%), mean values of normal brain V20 (-32.4%) and V12 (-25.9%), and a lower mean V4 (-10.0%). GK FSRT plans have the potential to reduce the risk of radiation-related toxicities.

Keywords: Gamma Knife Icon, fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy, recurrence, glioblastoma

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