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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535570/a-novel-combination-of-percutaneous-endoscopic-lumbar-discectomy-and-epiduroscopic-laser-neural-decompression-for-down-migrated-disc-herniation
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Kyung-Chul Choi, Dong Chan Lee, Choon-Keun Park
Although percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD) is an effective treatment for herniated discs, its application in a disc with extensive migration is still challenging. As such, epiduroscopic laser neural decompression (ELND) provides a new view of the epidural space as well as an alternative treatment for a herniated disc and epidural fibrosis. In this paper the authors introduce the novel combination of PELD and ELND for high grade down-migrated disc herniation.An 87-year old woman presented with severe pain radiating down her leg due to high grade down-migrated disc herniation at L4-5...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534063/-the-new-law-on-radiation-protection-as-a-consequence-of-the-eu-safety-standard-of-2013
#2
REVIEW
G Layer
The transformation of a European guideline (2013/59/Euratom) from 2013 into national law requires adaptation of the national statutory regulations. This year, all areas of protection from ionizing radiation will be subject to the new radiation protection law (StrlSchG). Through this, the German X‑ray and Radiation Protection Acts will be combined to form a higher level of authority. The main parts of the StrlSchG will receive a new classification and will be organized according to the exposure scenario: radiation protection in planned exposure scenarios, radiation protection in emergency exposure scenarios, radiation protection in existing exposure scenarios, and the regulation of overall exposure scenarios...
May 22, 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533808/how-one-institution-overcame-the-challenges-to-start-an-mri-based-brachytherapy-program-for-cervical-cancer
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REVIEW
Matthew M Harkenrider, Steven M Shea, Abbie M Wood, Bonnie Chinsky, Amishi Bajaj, Michael Mysz, Joseph H Yacoub, Ari Goldberg, Margaret Liotta, Ronald Potkul, Murat Surucu, John Roeske, William Small
PURPOSE: Adaptive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based brachytherapy results in improved local control and decreased high-grade toxicities compared to historical controls. Incorporating MRI into the workflow of a department can be a major challenge when initiating an MRI-based brachytherapy program. This project aims to describe the goals, challenges, and solutions when initiating an MRI-based cervical cancer brachytherapy program at our institution. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We describe the 6-month multi-disciplinary planning phase to initiate an MRI-based brachytherapy program...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533802/interobserver-variations-of-target-volume-delineation-and-its-impact-on-irradiated-volume-in-accelerated-partial-breast-irradiation-with-intraoperative-interstitial-breast-implant
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Ritu Raj Upreti, Ashwini Budrukkar, Tabassum Wadasadawala, Shagun Misra, Lavanya Gurram, Rima Pathak, Deepak D Deshpande
PURPOSE: To investigate the interobserver variations in delineation of lumpectomy cavity (LC) and clinical target volume (CTV), and its impact on irradiated volume in accelerated partial breast irradiation using intraoperative multicatheter brachytherapy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Delineation of LC and CTV was done by five radiation oncologists on planning computed tomography (CT) scans of 20 patients with intraoperative interstitial breast implant. Cavity visualization index (CVI), four-point index ranging from (0 = poor) to (3 = excellent) was created and assigned by observers for each patient...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533801/computed-tomography-guided-implantation-of-125-i-seeds-brachytherapy-for-recurrent-multiple-pulmonary-oligometastases-initial-experience-and-results
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Jie Li, Lijuan Zhang, Wenhuan Xu, Teng Wang, Leyuan Zhou, Qigen Xie, Weiguo Wang, Yanyan Hua
PURPOSE: To retrospectively evaluate the efficacy and safety of computed tomography (CT)-guided percutaneous interstitial brachytherapy using (125)I radioactive seeds for multiple pulmonary metastatic tumors. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Between September 2013 and December 2015, 22 patients with multiple pulmonary metastases, who after conventional chemotherapy and trans-arterial chemoembolization (TACE) therapy were considered unable to withstand stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), received CT-guided (125)I brachytherapy...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533050/dual-core-steered-non-rigid-registration-for-multi-modal-images-via-bi-directional-image-synthesis
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Xiaohuan Cao, Jianhua Yang, Yaozong Gao, Yanrong Guo, Guorong Wu, Dinggang Shen
In prostate cancer radiotherapy, computed tomography (CT) is widely used for dose planning purposes. However, because CT has low soft tissue contrast, it makes manual contouring difficult for major pelvic organs. In contrast, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides high soft tissue contrast, which makes it ideal for accurate manual contouring. Therefore, the contouring accuracy on CT can be significantly improved if the contours in MRI can be mapped to CT domain by registering MRI with CT of the same subject, which would eventually lead to high treatment efficacy...
May 13, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532508/is-it-possible-for-knowledge-based-planning-to-improve-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-plan-quality-for-planners-with-different-planning-experiences-in-left-sided-breast-cancer-patients
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Juanqi Wang, Weigang Hu, Zhaozhi Yang, Xiaohui Chen, Zhiqiang Wu, Xiaoli Yu, Xiaomao Guo, Saiquan Lu, Kaixuan Li, Gongyi Yu
BACKGROUND: Knowledge-based planning (KBP) is a promising technique that can improve plan quality and increase planning efficiency. However, no attempts have been made to extend the domain of KBP for planners with different planning experiences so far. The purpose of this study was to quantify the potential gains for planners with different planning experiences after implementing KBP in intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) plans for left-sided breast cancer patients. METHODS: The model libraries were populated with 80 expert clinical plans from treated patients who previously received left-sided breast-conserving surgery and IMRT with simultaneously integrated boost...
May 22, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530533/respiratory-motion-management-in-pet-ct-applications-and-clinical-usefulness
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Luca Guerra, Elena De Ponti, Sabrina Morzenti, Chiara Spadavecchia, Cinzia Crivellaro
Although breathing movement can introduce heavy bias in both image quality and quantitation, currently there is lack of interest for the respiratory motion management in PET/CT imaging. The respiratory gating technology has shown significant benefits on image quality, reducing motion related artifacts and increasing quantification. Indeed, many papers have demonstrated that there is a consistent increase of the Standardized Uptake Value (SUV) in gated PET images when compared to ungated ones, particularly for the small lesions located both in liver and in lung...
May 19, 2017: Current Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530067/-stereotactic-ablative-body-radiation-sabr-a-new-therapeutic-option-for-treatment-of-stage-i-lung-cancer
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REVIEW
Sarit Appel, Zvi Symon
Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) also known as stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) offers a new therapeutic option for stage 1 lung cancer that cannot undergo surgery due to co-morbidities or patient refusal. This treatment evolved in the last decade thanks to technologic advancement of radiation therapy planning and delivery that allow real time imaging of the tumor and real time position correction before every treatment. Ultra high doses of radiation cause ablation of the target with very low collateral scatter dose to surrounding tissue...
November 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529611/long-term-patterns-of-regional-failure-for-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-following-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy
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Fen Xue, Chaosu Hu, Xiayun He
PURPOSE: To analyze the long-term patterns of regional failure following intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). METHODS: From January 2005 to December 2010, 275 non-metastatic NPC patients treated with IMRT were retrospectively enrolled. Patients staged as II (lymph nodes measuring 4 or more cm in diameter), III or IV also received chemotherapy. Failures were assessed as in-field or out-field relative to the pretreatment planning computed tomography data sets...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529250/impact-of-jaw-position-accuracy-on-dose-variation-in-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-using-jaw-tracking
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Fumiyasu Matsubayashi, Yuki Koizumi, Ryo Takahashi, Minoru Yoshioka, Tomoharu Sato
The technique of jaw tracking can be used in volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). In this technique, jaw tracks apertures of the multi leaf collimator (MLC) during irradiation. It is reported that dose variation is occurred by the changing accuracy of MLC position in VMAT and IMRT. Though jaw moves dynamically in the irradiation by using this technique, the influence of the jaw position accuracy on dose variation is not examined. The purpose of this study is to verify the influence of jaw position accuracy on dose variation in VMAT using jaw tracking...
2017: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528679/evidence-based-peer-review-for-radiation-therapy-updated-review-of-the-literature-with-a-focus-on-tumour-subsite-and-treatment-modality
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M Huo, P Gorayski, M Poulsen, K Thompson, M B Pinkham
Technological advances in radiation therapy permit steep dose gradients from the target to spare normal tissue, but increase the risk of geographic miss. Suboptimal target delineation adversely affects clinical outcomes. Prospective peer review is a method for quality assurance of oncologists' radiotherapy plans. Published surveys suggest it is widely implemented. However, it may not be feasible to review every case before commencement of radiation therapy in all departments. The rate of plan changes following peer review of cases without a specific subsite or modality is typically around 10%...
May 18, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528368/preparation-of-allogeneic-bone-for-alveolar-ridge-augmentation
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Kornel Krasny, Artur Kamiński, Marta Krasny, Tomasz Czech, Andrzej Wojtowicz
Implant treatment is safe and predictable with sufficient amount and quality of bone tissue. In case of severely reduced bone tissue after a tooth was lost, augmentation of such tissue is necessary before implant embedment. Retrospective evaluation covered 380 alveolar ridge reconstructions. The study material consisted of human grafts prepared by the Department of Transplantology and Central Tissue Bank, Medical University of Warsaw. Presentation of laboratory procedures in the context of physical parameters of frozen, radiation sterilised, allogeneic corticocancellous material was presented...
May 20, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528206/feasibility-of-atlas-based-active-bone-marrow-sparing-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-for-cervical-cancer
#14
Nan Li, Sonal S Noticewala, Casey W Williamson, Hanjie Shen, Igor Sirak, Rafal Tarnawski, Umesh Mahantshetty, Carl K Hoh, Kevin L Moore, Loren K Mell
BACKGROUND: To test the hypothesis that atlas-based active bone marrow (ABM)-sparing intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) yields similar dosimetric results compared to custom ABM-sparing IMRT for cervical cancer patients. METHODS: We sampled 62 cervical cancer patients with pre-treatment FDG-PET/CT in training (n=32) or test (n=30) sets. ABM was defined as the subvolume of the pelvic bone marrow (PBM) with standardized uptake value (SUV) above the mean on the average FDG-PET image (ABMAtlas) vs...
May 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527523/advances-in-radiation-oncology-what-to-consider
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REVIEW
John V Hegde, Allen M Chen, Robert K Chin
Treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck is rapidly evolving due to changing patient populations, an emphasis on quality of life-related outcomes, and advances in radiotherapy concepts and techniques to meet these new demands. This review includes recent and ongoing studies that are potentially practice changing, including improvements in intensity-modulated radiotherapy planning, the use of deintensified regimens in the human papilloma virus-related setting, and adjuvant therapy after transoral robotic surgery...
May 17, 2017: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527203/value-of-different-ultrasound-elastography-techniques-in-patients-with-venous-malformations-prior-to-and-after-sclerotherapy
#16
V I Teusch, A P Piehler, W Uller, R Müller-Wille, L Prantl, C Stroszczynski, W A Wohlgemuth, E M Jung
AIM: Comparison of different ultrasound elastography techniques for detection of changes after sclerotherapy within venous malformations. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In patients with venous malformations sonography was executed at exactly the same position prior to and after ethanol-gel sclerotherapy. Both examinations included B-Mode, vascular sonography with Color-Coded Duplex Sonography, and additional sonography with different elastography techniques (strain, qualitative and quantitative Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) elastography) with a linear transducer (6-9 MHz)...
May 19, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526235/zero-echo-time-mri-only-treatment-planning-for-radiation-therapy-of-brain-tumors-after-resection
#17
C Boydev, B Demol, D Pasquier, H Saint-Jalmes, G Delpon, N Reynaert
Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the sole imaging modality for patient modeling in radiation therapy (RT) is a challenging task due to the need to derive electron density information from MRI and construct a so-called pseudo-computed tomography (pCT) image. We have previously published a new method to derive pCT images from head T1-weighted (T1-w) MR images using a single-atlas propagation scheme followed by a post hoc correction of the mapped CT numbers using local intensity information. The purpose of this study was to investigate the performance of our method with head zero echo time (ZTE) MR images...
May 16, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526192/comparison-of-spinal-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-sbrt-planning-techniques-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-modulated-arc-therapy-and-helical-tomotherapy
#18
Jina Kim, Hong Seok Jang, Yeon Sil Kim, Byung Ock Choi, Young-Nam Kang
Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) delivers a highly conformal, hypofractionated radiation dose to a small target with minimal radiation applied to the surrounding areas. Therefore, using the proper treatment planning techniques for SBRT is important. Intensity modulation techniques, such as static intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), modulated arc therapy (mARC), and helical tomotherapy (HT), are useful for spinal SBRT because of a rapid dose fall-off and spinal cord avoidance. This study compared the planning characteristics for hypofractionated spinal SBRT administered using 3 treatment techniques...
May 16, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522279/-stereotactic-lung-radiotherapy-technical-setting-up-on-novalis-tx-%C3%A2-and-single-centre-prospective-study-of-the-100-first-malignant-pulmonary-nodules-treated-at-centre-jean-perrin
#19
A Bellière-Calandry, G Dupic, F Magnier, V Chassin, V Dedieu, M Lapeyre
PURPOSE: Description of the treatment technique of stereotactic lung radiotherapy on Novalis Tx(®) and prospective study of the first 100 pulmonary nodules treated at centre Jean-Perrin (France). MATERIAL AND METHODS: From October 2012 to December 2015, 100 inoperable pulmonary nodules (62 stage I non-small-cell lung cancer and 38 metastases) of 90 patients with a mean age of 68.2 years (range: 46-89 years) were prospectively treated with dynamic arctherapy on Novalis Tx(®)...
May 15, 2017: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521451/dosimetric-comparison-of-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-and-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-plans-for-the-treatment-of-glioma-using-flattening-filter-free-and-flattening-filter-modes
#20
Dandan Xu, Fei Jia, Guowen Li, Hongfei Li
In the present study, the dose verification between 6X and 6X flattening filter-free (FFF) in intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) was compared, and the advantages and disadvantages of different radiotherapy plans were evaluated. All four plans achieved comparable heterogeneity and conformity indices. For frontal tumor, VMAT demonstrated more improved sparing of the brainstem compared with the IMRT (P=0.045); while in the model of FFF, the Dmax of eye lens was significantly reduced by 16-21% (P<0...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
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