Fifty-seventh annual meeting of the American association of physicists in medicine
TU-AB-303-12: Towards Inter and Intra Fraction Plan Adaptation for the MR-Linac
To develop a new sequencer for IMRT that during treatment can account for anatomy changes provided by online and real-time MRI. This sequencer employs a novel inter and intra fraction scheme that converges to the prescribed dose without a final segment weight optimization (SWO) and enables immediate optimization and delivery of radiation adapted to the deformed anatomy.
The sequencer is initially supplied with a voxel-based dose prescription and during the optimization iteratively generates segments that provide this prescribed dose. Every iteration selects the best segment for the current anatomy state, calculates the dose it will deliver, warps it back to the reference prescription grid and subtracts it from the remaining prescribed dose. This process continues until a certain percentage of dose or a number of segments has been delivered. The anatomy changes that occur during treatment require that convergence is achieved without a final SWO. This is resolved by adding the difference between the prescribed and delivered dose up to this fraction to the prescription of the subsequent fraction. This process is repeated for all fractions of the treatment.
Two breast cases were selected to stress test the pipeline by producing artificial inter and intra fraction anatomy deformations using a combination of incrementally applied rigid transformations. The dose convergence of the adaptive scheme over the entire treatment, relative to the prescribed dose, was on average 8.6% higher than the static plans delivered to the respective deformed anatomies and only 1.6% less than the static segment weighted plans on the static anatomy.
This new adaptive sequencing strategy enables dose convergence without the need of SWO while adapting the plan to intermediate anatomies, which is a prerequisite for online plan adaptation. We are now testing our pipeline on prostate cases using clinical anatomy deformation data from our department.
This work is financially supported by Elekta AB, Stockholm, Sweden.