SU-G-JeP4-08: External and Internal Motion Assessments with Amplitude and Time Based Reconstruction and AveCT




To investigate the effects of external surrogate and tumour motion by observing the reconstructed phases and AveCT in an Amplitude and Time based 4DCT.


Based on patient motion studies, Cos6 and sinusoidal motions were simulated as external surrogate and tumour motions in a motion phantom. The diaphragm and tumour motions may or may not display the same waveform therefore the same and different waveforms were programmed into the phantom, scanned and reconstructed based on Amplitude and Time. The AveCT and phases were investigated with these different scenarios. The AveCT phantom images were also compared with CBCT phantom images programmed with the same motions.


For the same surrogate and tumour sin motions, the phases (Amplitude and Time) and AveCT indicated similar motions based on the position of the BB at the slice and displayed contrast values respectively. For cos6 motions, due to the varied time the tumour spends at each position, the Amplitude and Time based phases differed. The AveCT images represented the actual tumour motions and the Time and Amplitude based phases were represented by the surrogate with varied times.


Different external surrogate and tumour motions may result in different displayed image motions when observing the AveCT and reconstructed phases. During the 4DCT, the surrogate motion is readily available for observation of the amplitude and time of the diaphragm position. Following image reconstruction, the user may need to observe the AveCT in addition to the reconstructed phases to comprehend the time weightings of the tumour motion during the scan. This may also apply to 3D CBCT images where the displayed tumour position in the images is influenced by the long duration of the CBCT. Knowledge of the tumour motion represented by the greyscale of the AveCT may also assist in CBCT treatment beam verification matching.