SU-E-T-780: Use Robustness Optimization (RO) Method to Improve the Planning Efficiency for Pencil Beam Scanning Cranial Spinal Irradiation




We evaluate the feasibility of using robustness optimization (RO) function to improve the planning efficiency of pencil beam scanning (PBS) craniospinal irradiation (CSI) with gradient matching technique.


A CSI patient was planned with 2 lateral brain fields and 4 posterior fields to cover the entire spine to maximal field of 24 cm × 20 cm on a compact PBS gantry, ProteusONE. CSI plans were generated using traditional volumetric gradient dose optimization (VGDO) and robustness optimization (RO) method respectively. In traditional VGDO, besides the sectioned spine target volumes, gradient volume (GV) were generated as 4 equally spaced structures e.g. 80%, 60%, 40%, and 20% of prescription dose. In RO method, only sectioned spine target volumes with an overlap of 4cm were created. In the robustness optimization settings, 5mm uncertainty in superior and inferior direction was defined for auto gradient optimization. Dosimetric metrics of conformity number (CN), homogeneity index (HI), and maximal cord doses were compared in Raystation version


In VGDO method, total 16 GV structures and five 100% dose level target structures were contoured compared to total 5 target structures in RO method which saves 30 min in contour. With the same PTV coverage (95% volume receive 30.6Gy prescription dose), maximum cord dose is 32.64Gy in VGDO and 31.94Gy in RO. HI is 1.03 and 1.04 for VGDO and RO respectively. CN is 0.93 and 0.94 for VGDO and RO respectively.


The dosimetric comparison demonstrated both methods are equivalent in terms of plan quality. With robust optimization for CSI gradient matching, it efficiently reduces the amount of planning target contour structure by factor of 4 and thus improves the planning efficiency especially for 4 or more gradient junction area.