SU-F-J-87: Impact Of The Dosimetric Consequences From Minimal Displacements Throughout The Treatment Time In APBI With SAVI Applicators

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Abstract

Purpose:

To assess the variation in dose received by the organs at risk (OARs) due to inter-fractional motion by SAVI to determine the importance of providing proper immobilization

Methods:

An analysis of 15 patients treated with SAVI applicators were considered for this study. Treatment planning teams did not see significant changes in their CT scans through scout images and initial treatment plan was used for the entire treatment. These scans, taken before each treatment were imported in to the treatment planning system and were fused together with respective to the applicator, using landmark registration. Dosimetric evaluations were performed. Dose received by skin, ribs and PTV(Planning target volume) respect to the initial treatment plan were measured.

Results:

Contours of the OARs were not similar with the initial image. Deduction in volumes of PTV and cavity, small deviations in displacements from the applicator to the OARs, difference in doses received by the OARs between treatments were noticed. The maximum, minimum, average doses varied between 10% to 20% 5% to 8% and 15% to 20% in ribs and skin. The 0.1cc doses to OARs showed an average change of 10% of the prescribed dose. PTV was receiving a different dose than the estimated dose

Conclusion:

The variation in volumes and isodoses related to the OARs, PTV receiving a lesser dose than the prescribed dose indicate that the estimated doses are different from the received dose. This study reveals the urgent need of improving the immobilization methods. Taking a CT scan before each treatment and replanning is helpful to minimize the risk of delivering undesired high doses to the OARs. Patient positioning, motion, respiration, observer differences and time lap between the planning and treating can arise more complications. VacLock, Positioning cushions, Image guided brachytherapy and adjustable registration should be used for further improvements.

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