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Oncología (Barcelona)

versão impressa ISSN 0378-4835

Oncología (Barc.) vol.27 no.10   2004




Dynamic Targeting™ - Image Guided Radio Therapy#



R. Stähelin

Varian Medical Systems International AG Zug, Switzerland E-mail:




Volumetric imaging and planning in radiation therapy (3-D conformal RT and IMRT) have pressured the oncology community to better understand the geometric uncertainties inherent in the RT delivery process, including both set-up error and organ motion (interfraction motion) as well as organ motion while the beam is on (intrafraction motionj. The goal of the presented work is to reduce the volume of normul tissue in the CTV-to-PTV margin by reducing the uncertainties associated with1 interfraction motion and intrafraction motion.


Materials and Methods

We have developed a new class of kV on-board imaging tools allowing real Image-Guided Motion-ManagementTM for setup corrections. The core of this development is a Varian Clinac equipped with on-board kV imaging technology. This system consists of 4 main components:

  •  X-ray Source

  • a-Si kV Image Detector

  •  2 robotic arms for independent positioning of the mX-ray source and the a-Si image detector

  • On-Board Imaging application software

The Image-Guided Motion-Management system supports the following image modalities

  •  kV Planar Radiographic Imaging for Patient Repositioning

  •  kV Volumetric Imaging Cone Beam CT for Patient 3-D Repositioning

  •  kV Planar Fluoroscopic Imaging for Gating and Tracking

  •  MV Portal Imaging



We will present clinical use cases using the newly developed tools and images of the modalities explained above. Image acquisition and image quality can be expected as the same as with the Varian Acuity™ treatment simulator. The Cone Beam CT mode allows the acquisition of a volumetric CT data set with one revolution of the Gantry. The application software includes tools for the 3D patient repositioning based on the data sets acquired with the On-Board Imaging system.



The new Clinac kV on-bocrd kV imagin system provide the clinicians with new powerful and easy to use tools for better, more accurate patient setup and motion management.



# Trabajo presentado en las 3as Jornadas Oncológicas Internacionales, Madrid 17-19 junio 2004.

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