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Radiation risk from computers

Wei Yu, Wei Hu, Yongjie Shui, Xiaoyang Zhu, Chao Li, Xiaoqiu Ren, Xueli Bai, Risheng Yu, Li Shen, Tingbo Liang, Lei Zheng, Qichun Wei
OBJECTIVES: To explore the areas at highest risk for postoperative pancreatic cancer local recurrence according to the spatial location of local failures, with the aim to provide a precise target volume for pancreatic cancer adjuvant radiotherapy. METHODS: Patients with pancreatic cancer who had undergone surgery for the primary tumor in pancreas at our institution from January 2010 to August 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. All local recurrences were plotted on the computed tomography (CT) image of a representative patient according to their relative coordinates to superior mesenteric artery (SMA) or celiac axis (CA)...
October 19, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Thomas M Pisansky, Shree Agrawal, Daniel A Hamstra, Bridget F Koontz, Stanley L Liauw, Jason A Efstathiou, Jeff M Michalski, Felix Y Feng, Matthew C Abramowitz, Alan Pollack, Mitchell S Anscher, Drew Moghanaki, Robert B Den, Kevin L Stephans, Anthony L Zietman, W Robert Lee, Michael W Kattan, Andrew J Stephenson, Rahul D Tendulkar
PURPOSE: To determine whether a dose-response relationship exists for salvage radiation therapy (RT) of biochemical failure after prostatectomy for prostate cancer. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Individual data from 1108 patients who underwent salvage RT at 10 academic centers were pooled. The cohort was enriched for selection criteria more likely associated with tumor recurrence in the prostate bed (margin positive and pre-RT prostate-specific antigen [PSA] level of ≤2...
September 3, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Feng Liu, An Tai, Ergun Ahunbay, Elizabeth Gore, Candice Johnstone, X Allen Li
PURPOSE: To quantify interfractional independent motions between multiple primary targets in radiation therapy (RT) of lung cancer and to study the dosimetric benefits of an online adaptive replanning method to account for these variations. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Ninety-five on-treatment diagnostic-quality computed tomography (CT) scans acquired for 9 lung cancer patients treated with image-guided RT (IGRT) using a CT-on-rails (CTVision, Siemens) were analyzed. On each on-treatment CT set, contours of the targets (gross tumor volume, clinical target volume, or involved nodes), and organs at risk were generated by populating the planning contours using an autosegmentation tool (ABAS, Elekta) with manual editing...
September 2, 2016: Practical Radiation Oncology
Lauren Henke, Rojano Kashani, Deshan Yang, Tianyu Zhao, Olga Green, Lindsey Olsen, Vivian Rodriguez, H Omar Wooten, H Harold Li, Yanle Hu, Jeffrey Bradley, Clifford Robinson, Parag Parikh, Jeff Michalski, Sasa Mutic, Jeffrey R Olsen
PURPOSE: To characterize potential advantages of online-adaptive magnetic resonance (MR)-guided stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) to treat oligometastatic disease of the non-liver abdomen and central thorax. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Ten patients treated with RT for unresectable primary or oligometastatic disease of the non-liver abdomen (n=5) or central thorax (n=5) underwent imaging throughout treatment on a clinical MR image guided RT system. The SBRT plans were created on the basis of tumor/organ at risk (OAR) anatomy at initial computed tomography simulation (PI), and simulated adaptive plans were created on the basis of observed MR image set tumor/OAR "anatomy of the day" (PA)...
August 31, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Kerri A Van Arnem, David P Supinski, Jonathan E Tucker, Shawn Varney
BACKGROUND: Trauma patients sustaining blunt injuries are exposed to multiple radiologic studies. Evidence indicates that the risk of cancer from exposure to ionizing radiation rises in direct proportion to the cumulative effective dose (CED) received. The purpose of this study is to quantify the amount of ionizing radiation accumulated when arriving directly from point of injury to San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC), a level I trauma center, compared with those transferred from other facilities...
September 13, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Jinhyun Choi, Yong Bae Kim, Kyung Hwan Shin, Sung-Ja Ahn, Hyung-Sik Lee, Won Park, Su Ssan Kim, Jin Hee Kim, Kyu Chan Lee, Dong Won Kim, Hyun Suk Suh, Kyung Ran Park, Hyun Soo Shin, Chang-Ok Suh
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to present the incidence of radiation pneumonitis (RP) reported within 6 months after treatment for breast cancer with or without internal mammary node irradiation (IMNI). METHODS: In the Korean Radiation Oncology Group (KROG) 08-06 phase III randomized trial, patients who were node-positive after surgery were randomly assigned to receive radiotherapy either with or without IMNI. A total of 747 patients were enrolled, and three-dimensional treatment planning with computed tomography simulation was performed for all patients...
September 2016: Journal of Breast Cancer
Maree Wood, Amara Fonseca, David Sampson, Andrew Kovendy, Justin Westhuyzen, Thomas Shakespeare, Kirsty Turnbull
AIM: The aim of the retrospective study was to develop a planning class solution for prostate intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) that achieved target and organs-at-risk (OAR) doses within acceptable departmental protocol criteria using the Monaco treatment planning system (Elekta-CMS Software, MO, USA). BACKGROUND: Advances in radiation therapy technology have led to a re-evaluation of work practices. Class solutions have the potential to produce highly conformal plans in a time-efficient manner...
November 2016: Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy
Abdulhamid Chaikh, Jacques Balosso
BACKGROUND: The risk of toxicity with radiation oncology for lung cancer limits the maximal radiation dose that can be delivered to thoracic tumors. This study aims at investigating the correlation between normal tissue complication probability (NTCP) and physical lung density by analyzing the computed tomography (CT) scan imaging used for radiotherapy dose planning. METHODS: Data from CT of lung cancer patients (n=10), treated with three dimensional radiotherapy, were selected for this study...
August 2016: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
Sasikarn Chamchod, Clifton D Fuller, Abdallah S R Mohamed, Aaron Grossberg, Jay A Messer, Jolien Heukelom, G Brandon Gunn, Micheal E Kantor, Hillary Eichelberger, Adam S Garden, David I Rosenthal
OBJECTIVES: We undertook a challenge to determine if one or more height-weight formula(e) can be clinically used as a surrogate for direct CT-based imaging assessment of body composition before and after radiotherapy for head and neck cancer (HNC) patients, who are at risk for cancer- and therapy-associated cachexia/sarcopenia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective single-institution study included 215 HNC patients, treated with curative radiotherapy between 2003 and 2013...
October 2016: Oral Oncology
Taiki Magome, Jerry Froelich, Yutaka Takahashi, Luke Arentsen, Shernan Holtan, Michael R Verneris, Keenan Brown, Akihiro Haga, Keiichi Nakagawa, Jennifer L Holter Chakrabarty, Sebastian Giebel, Jeffrey Wong, Kathryn Dusenbery, Guy Storme, Susanta K Hui
PURPOSE: To develop an imaging method to characterize and map marrow composition in the entire skeletal system, and to simulate differential targeted marrow irradiation based on marrow composition. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Whole-body dual energy computed tomography (DECT) images of cadavers and leukemia patients were acquired, segmented to separate bone marrow components, namely, bone, red marrow (RM), and yellow marrow (YM). DECT-derived marrow fat fraction was validated using histology of lumbar vertebrae obtained from cadavers...
November 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Simon van Kranen, Olga Hamming-Vrieze, Annelisa Wolf, Eugène Damen, Marcel van Herk, Jan-Jakob Sonke
PURPOSE: We set out to investigate loss of target coverage from anatomy changes in head and neck cancer patients as a function of applied safety margins and to verify a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT)-based adaptive strategy with an average patient anatomy to overcome possible target underdosage. METHODS AND MATERIALS: For 19 oropharyngeal cancer patients, volumetric modulated arc therapy treatment plans (2 arcs; simultaneous integrated boost, 70 and 54.25 Gy; 35 fractions) were automatically optimized with uniform clinical target volume (CTV)-to-planning target volume margins of 5, 3, and 0 mm...
November 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Andrea L Cheville, Jeffrey R Basford, Ian Parney, Ping Yang, Felix E Diehn
OBJECTIVES: To test whether the presence of patient- and imaging-level characteristics: 1) are associated with clinically meaningful changes in mobility among late stage cancer patients with metastatic brain involvement; and 2) can predict their risk of near-term functional decline. DESIGN: Prospective nested cohort study SETTING: Quaternary academic medical center PARTICIPANTS: The study population consisted of a nested cohort of the 66 patients with imaging confirmed brain metastases among a larger cohort of 311 patients with late stage lung cancer...
September 22, 2016: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Paschal Ikenna Enyinna
Radiological risk parameters associated with aircrew members traveling from Houston Intercontinental Airport to Lagos International Airport have been computed using computer software called EPCARD (version 3.2). The mean annual effective dose of radiation was computed to be 2.94 mSv/year. This result is above the standard permissible limit of 1 mSv/year set for the public and pregnant aircrew members but below the limit set for occupationally exposed workers. The Risk of cancer mortality and excess career time cancer risk computed ranged from 3...
July 2016: Journal of Medical Physics
Tejinder Kataria, Shyam Singh Bisht, Deepak Gupta, Ashu Abhishek, Trinanjan Basu, Kushal Narang, Shikha Goyal, Pragya Shukla, Manish Bansal, Hardeep Grewal, Kulbeer Ahlawat, Susovan Banarjee, Manoj Tayal
BACKGROUND: Radiotherapy for carcinoma of breast and thoracic structures involves inadvertent radiation to heart and coronary arteries (CA). Coronary artery stenosis in high radiation dose segments has been documented. Cardiac and respiratory motion induced displacement of CA and internal risk volume (IRV) margin remains inadequately quantified. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty cases of carcinoma breast, lung and lung metastasis were enrolled in this study. ECG gated intravenous contrast enhanced computed tomography (CECT) scans were performed in inspiratory breath hold (IBH) and expiratory breath hold (EBH)...
September 15, 2016: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Marcin Fraczek, Maciej Guzinski, Monika Morawska-Kochman, Kamil H Nelke, Tomasz Krecicki
OBJECTIVES: The growing awareness of increased X-ray exposure to the public has led to the propagation of several methods for reducing the radiation dose during CT examination. Low-dose CT protocols do not, however, have an established role in pre-operative evaluation. The aim of this article was to assess the usefulness of nasal endoscopy in the selection of patients under pre-operative care for low-dose CT examination. METHODS: A cadaver head was used to discover institutional minimum acceptable CT image quality and scanning settings...
October 17, 2016: Dento Maxillo Facial Radiology
Damiano Caruso, Carlo N De Cecco, U Joseph Schoepf, Lloyd M Felmly, Akos Varga-Szemes, Stefanie Mangold, Christian Canstein, Thomas Allmendinger, Stephen R Fuller, Andrea Laghi, Julian L Wichmann
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Iterative reconstruction (IR) computed tomography (CT) techniques allow for radiation dose reduction while maintaining image quality. However, CT coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores may be influenced by certain IR algorithms. The aim of our study is to identify suitable correction factors to ensure consistency between IR and filtered back projection (FBP)-based CAC scoring. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A phantom study was performed to derive suitable correction factors for CAC scores and volume (VOL) values with advanced modeled iterative reconstruction (or ADMIRE) strength level 3 (ADM3) and 5 (ADM5) vs FBP...
September 7, 2016: Academic Radiology
Ashesh Jani, Eduard Schreibmann, Peter J Rossi, Joseph W Shelton, Karen Godette, Peter Nieh, Viraj A Master, Omer Kucuk, Mark Goodman, Raghuveer Halkar, Sherrie Cooper, Zhengjia Chen, David M Schuster
: The purpose was to evaluate the role of the synthetic amino acid positron emission tomography (PET) radiotracer fluciclovine ((18)F) in modifying the clinical and planning target volume (CTV and PTV) definition in post-prostatectomy patients undergoing salvage radiotherapy and to evaluate the resulting dosimetric consequences to surrounding organs at risk. METHODS: 96 patients were enrolled in a randomized prospective intention to treat clinical trial for potential salvage radiotherapy for recurrent prostate cancer after prostatectomy...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Cas Teunissen, Jesse Habets, Birgitta K Velthuis, Maarten J Cramer, Peter Loh
Prior to atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation, computed tomography angiography (CTA) is increasingly used for left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus detection. LAA filling defects on CTA may represent thrombus or incomplete contrast mixing with blood. A pre-bolus of contrast material with delay before the CTA contrast bolus can help distinguish between thrombus and incomplete contrast mixing. We present results from a double-contrast, single-phase CTA protocol used in our daily clinical practice. In patients who underwent AF ablation between 2011 and 2015, double-contrast, single-phase CTA was performed prior to ablation...
September 6, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Andrew M McDonald, Thomas A Swain, David L Mayhew, Rex A Cardan, Christopher B Baker, David M Harris, Eddy S Yang, John B Fiveash
Purpose To determine if computed tomographic (CT) metrics of bone mineral density and muscle mass can improve the prediction of noncancer death in men with localized prostate cancer. Materials and Methods Institutional review board approval was obtained, with waiver of informed consent. All patients who underwent radiation therapy for localized prostate cancer between 2001 and 2012 with height, weight, and past medical history documented and who underwent CT that included the L4-5 vertebral interspace were included...
September 5, 2016: Radiology
William P Parker, Brian J Davis, Sean S Park, Kenneth R Olivier, Richard Choo, Mark A Nathan, Val J Lowe, Timothy J Welch, Jaden D Evans, William S Harmsen, Harras B Zaid, Ilya Sobol, Daniel M Moriera, Rimki Haloi, Matthew K Tollefson, Matthew T Gettman, Stephen A Boorjian, Lance A Mynderse, R Jeffrey Karnes, Eugene D Kwon
BACKGROUND: Management of recurrent prostate cancer (CaP) after radiotherapy (RT) is dependent on accurate localization of the site of recurrent disease. OBJECTIVE: To describe the anatomic patterns and clinical features associated with CaP recurrence following RT identified on advanced imaging. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Retrospective review of 184 patients with a rising prostate-specific antigen (PSA) after RT for CaP. INTERVENTION: C-11 choline positron emission tomography/computed tomography (CholPET)...
September 3, 2016: European Urology
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