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    Keywords: radiotherapy ; Germany ; LUNG ; ALGORITHM ; CT ; IMAGES ; imaging ; SYSTEM ; TIME ; PATIENT ; treatment ; SIGNAL ; NUMBER ; REGION ; Jun ; COMPUTED-TOMOGRAPHY ; MOTION ; RECONSTRUCTION ; FEASIBILITY ; ORGAN MOTION ; RE ; INCREASE ; DIAPHRAGM ; PHASE ; SIZE ; RESPIRATORY MOTION ; cone beam CT ; respiratory gating
    Abstract: A new online imaging approach, linac-integrated cone beam CT (CBCT), has been developed over the past few years. It has the advantage that a patient can be examined in their treatment position directly before or during a radiotherapy treatment. Unfortunately, respiratory organ motion, one of the largest intrafractional organ motions, often leads to artefacts in the reconstructed 3D images. One way to take this into account is to register the breathing phase during image acquisition for a phase-correlated image reconstruction. Therefore, the main focus of this work is to present a system which has the potential to investigate the correlation between internal (movement of the diaphragm) and external (data of a respiratory gating system) information about breathing phase and amplitude using an inline CBCT scanner. This also includes a feasibility study about using the acquired information for a respiratory-correlated 4D CBCT reconstruction. First, a moving lung phantom was used to develop and to specify the required methods which are based on an image reconstruction using only projections belonging to a certain moving phase. For that purpose, the corresponding phase has to be detected for each projection. In the case of the phantom, an electrical signal allows one to track the movement in real time. The number of projections available for the image reconstruction depends on the breathing phase and the size of the position range from which projections should be used for the reconstruction. The narrower this range is, the better the inner structures can be located, but also the noise of the images increases due to the limited number of projections. This correlation has also been analysed. In a second step, the methods were clinically applied using data sets of patients with lung tumours. In this case, the breathing phase was detected by an external gating system (AZ-733V, Anzai Medical Co.) based on a pressure sensor attached to the patient's abdominal region with a fixation belt. The comparison of the reconstructed 4D CBCT images and the corresponding 4D CT images used for the treatment planning provides the required information for the calculation of possible setup errors
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16723776
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    Keywords: SPECTRA ; Germany ; ALGORITHM ; CT ; IMAGES ; imaging ; SYSTEM ; TISSUE ; RESOLUTION ; radiation ; CONTRAST ; ENERGY ; tomography ; COMPUTED-TOMOGRAPHY ; CALIBRATION ; radiology ; ENHANCEMENT ; ACCURATE ; BONE ; PHANTOMS ; phantom ; COEFFICIENTS ; IGRT ; 3 ; WELL ; NOISE ; AIR GAPS ; CORRECTION ALGORITHM ; CT SCANNERS ; DIAGNOSTIC-RADIOLOGY ; DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHY ; fast beam hardening correction ; fast iterative scatter correction ; FLAT-PANEL IMAGER ; kV CBCT ; MONTE-CARLO SIMULATION ; RADIATION DISTRIBUTION ; X-RAY SCATTER
    Abstract: The problem of the enormous amount of scattered radiation in kV CBCT (kilo voltage cone beam computer tomography) is addressed Scatter causes undesirable streaks and cup-artifacts and results in a quantitative inaccuracy of reconstructed CT numbers, so that an accurate close calculation might be impossible Image contrast is also significantly reduced. Therefore we checked whether at? appropriate implementation of the fast iterative scatter correction algorithm we have developed for M V (mega voltage) CBCT reduces the scatter contribution in a kV CBCT as well. This scatter correction method is based on a superposition of pre-calculated Monte Carlo generated pencil beam scatter kernels. The algorithm requires only a system calibration by measuring homogeneous slab phantoms with known water-equivalent thicknesses.It this study we compare scatter corrected CBCT images of several phantoms to the fan beam CT images acquired with a reduced cone angle (a slice-thickness of 14 mm in the isocenter) at the same system. Additional measurements at a different CBCT system were made (different, energy spectrum and phantom-to-detector distance) and a first order approach of a fast beam hardening correction will be introduced. The observed image quality of the scatter corrected CBCT images is comparable concerning resolution, noise and contrast-to-noise ratio to the images acquired in fan beam geometry. Compared to the CBCT without any corrections the contrast of the contrast-and-resolution phantom with scatter correction and additional beam hardening correction is improved by a factor of about 1.5. The reconstructed attenuation coefficients and the CT numbers of the scatter corrected CBCT images are close to the values of the images acquired in fan beam geometry for the most pronounced tissue types. Only for extreme dense tissue types like cortical bone we see a difference in CT numbers of 5.2%, which can be improved to 4.4% with the additional beam hardening correction. Capping is reduced from 20% to 4% with scatter correction and 3% with an additional beam hardening correction. After 3 iterations (small phantoms,) and 6 to 7 iterations (large phantoms) the algorithm converges. Therefore the algorithm is very fast, that means 1.3 seconds per projection for 3 iterations, on a standard PC
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 19761093
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    Keywords: CANCER ; radiotherapy ; tumor ; COMBINATION ; Germany ; LUNG ; PROSTATE ; ALGORITHM ; CT ; imaging ; INFORMATION ; lung cancer ; LUNG-CANCER ; MASK ; TISSUE ; TIME ; PATIENT ; COMPLEX ; COMPLEXES ; CONTRAST ; treatment ; TARGET ; ACQUISITION ; EXPERIENCE ; VECTOR ; NUMBER ; prostate cancer ; PROSTATE-CANCER ; REGISTRATION ; BEAM ; DELIVERY ; HEAD ; CANCER-PATIENTS ; MULTILEAF COLLIMATOR ; treatment planning ; BODY ; CANCER PATIENTS ; LINEAR-ACCELERATOR ; RECONSTRUCTION ; IMRT ; PATIENT FIXATION ; IMPLEMENTATION ; INCREASE ; chordoma ; LEVEL ; methods ; fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy ; technique ; MUTUAL INFORMATION ; cancer research ; cone beam CT ; LANDMARK ; INCREASES ; CLINICAL IMPLEMENTATION ; ACCELERATOR ; WORKLOAD
    Abstract: ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The purpose of the study was the clinical implementation of a kV cone beam CT (CBCT) for setup correction in radiotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: For evaluation of the setup correction workflow, six tumor patients (lung cancer, sacral chordoma, head-and-neck and paraspinal tumor, and two prostate cancer patients) were selected. All patients were treated with fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy, five of them with intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). For patient fixation, a scotch cast body frame or a vacuum pillow, each in combination with a scotch cast head mask, were used. The imaging equipment, consisting of an x-ray tube and a flat panel imager (FPI), was attached to a Siemens linear accelerator according to the in-line approach, i.e. with the imaging beam mounted opposite to the treatment beam sharing the same isocenter. For dose delivery, the treatment beam has to traverse the FPI which is mounted in the accessory tray below the multi-leaf collimator. For each patient, a predefined number of imaging projections over a range of at least 200 degrees were acquired. The fast reconstruction of the 3D-CBCT dataset was done with an implementation of the Feldkamp-David-Kress (FDK) algorithm. For the registration of the treatment planning CT with the acquired CBCT, an automatic mutual information matcher and manual matching was used. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: Bony landmarks were easily detected and the table shifts for correction of setup deviations could be automatically calculated in all cases. The image quality was sufficient for a visual comparison of the desired target point with the isocenter visible on the CBCT. Soft tissue contrast was problematic for the prostate of an obese patient, but good in the lung tumor case. The detected maximum setup deviation was 3 mm for patients fixated with the body frame, and 6 mm for patients positioned in the vacuum pillow. Using an action level of 2 mm translational error, a target point correction was carried out in 4 cases. The additional workload of the described workflow compared to a normal treatment fraction led to an extra time of about 10-12 minutes, which can be further reduced by streamlining the different steps. CONCLUSION: The cone beam CT attached to a LINAC allows the acquisition of a CT scan of the patient in treatment position directly before treatment. Its image quality is sufficient for determining target point correction vectors. With the presented workflow, a target point correction within a clinically reasonable time frame is possible. This increases the treatment precision, and potentially the complex patient fixation techniques will become dispensable
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16723023
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