TU-F-CAMPUS-J-04: Evaluation of Metal Artifact Reduction Technique for the Radiation Therapy Planning

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  • Jeong K,

    1. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    2. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    3. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    4. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    5. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    6. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    7. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    8. Montefiore Medical Center, ALBERT EINSTEIN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, Bronx, NY
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  • Kuo H,

    1. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    2. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    3. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    4. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    5. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    6. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    7. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    8. Montefiore Medical Center, ALBERT EINSTEIN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, Bronx, NY
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  • Ritter J,

    1. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    2. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    3. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    4. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    5. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    6. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    7. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    8. Montefiore Medical Center, ALBERT EINSTEIN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, Bronx, NY
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  • Shen J,

    1. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    2. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    3. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    4. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    5. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    6. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    7. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    8. Montefiore Medical Center, ALBERT EINSTEIN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, Bronx, NY
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  • Basavatia A,

    1. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    2. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    3. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    4. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    5. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    6. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    7. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    8. Montefiore Medical Center, ALBERT EINSTEIN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, Bronx, NY
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  • Yaparpalvi R,

    1. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    2. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    3. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    4. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    5. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    6. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    7. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    8. Montefiore Medical Center, ALBERT EINSTEIN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, Bronx, NY
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  • Kalnicki S,

    1. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    2. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    3. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    4. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    5. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    6. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    7. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    8. Montefiore Medical Center, ALBERT EINSTEIN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, Bronx, NY
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  • Tome W

    1. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    2. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    3. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    4. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    5. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    6. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    7. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    8. Montefiore Medical Center, ALBERT EINSTEIN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, Bronx, NY
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Abstract

Purpose:

To evaluate the feasibility of using a metal artifact reduction technique in depleting metal artifact and its application in improving dose calculation in External Radiation Therapy Planning.

Methods:

CIRS electron density phantom was scanned with and without steel drill bits placed in some plug holes. Meta artifact reduction software with Metal Deletion Technique (MDT) was used to remove metal artifacts for scanned image with metal. Hounsfield units of electron density plugs from artifact free reference image and MDT processed images were compared. To test the dose calculation improvement after the MDT processed images, clinically approved head and neck plan with manual dental artifact correction was tested. Patient images were exported and processed with MDT and plan was recalculated with new MDT image without manual correction. Dose profiles near the metal artifacts were compared.

Results:

The MDT used in this study effectively reduced the metal artifact caused by beam hardening and scatter. The windmill around the metal drill was greatly improved with smooth rounded view. Difference of the mean HU in each density plug between reference and MDT images were less than 10 HU in most of the plugs. Dose difference between original plan and MDT images were minimal.

Conclusion:

Most metal artifact reduction methods were developed for diagnostic improvement purpose. Hence Hounsfield unit accuracy was not rigorously tested before. In our test, MDT effectively eliminated metal artifacts with good HU reproduciblity. However, it can introduce new mild artifacts so the MDT images should be checked with original images.

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