Analysis of electromagnetic transponders tracking data to quantify intrafraction prostate motion during radiotherapy treatments
Published on Feb 1, 2017
· DOI :10.1088/1742-6596/777/1/012036
The Calypso tracking system (Varian, Palo Alto, CA, USA) is used to track the prostate isocenter on patients undergoing prostate radiotherapy after implantation of electromagnetic transponders. Aim of this study was to assign 226 recorded prostate tracks to different patterns of prostate intrafraction motion (i.e. stable target (ST), continuous target drift (CTD) and irregular wave motion (IWM)) and excursion (i.e. transient excursion (TE), persistent excursion (PE) and high-frequency excursion (HFE)). Relative frequencies of STs, CTDs and IWMs were 51.8%, 44.6% and 3.6%, respectively. TEs, PEs and HFEs were revealed in 9.4%, 5.4% and 14.3% cases, respectively, with maximum values of 8.0 mm, 8.7 mm and 15.5 mm, respectively. The equation D(t) = 8.0*10-3 mm/s * t + 0.93 mm was established to calculate the average prostate drift D with time t. Intrafraction prostate motion and excursions can be significant and should be in particular taken into account with treatment deliveries that require a prolonged treatment time, as for instance stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) or hadrontherapy.