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OBJECTIVE Conformal radiation therapy requires accurate patient set-up for each fraction delivery. Electronic portal imaging devices allow the acquisition of portal images just before and even during dose delivery. However, the quantitative interpretation of these images in determining and correcting the patient's position remains uncertain, and automated(More)
The aim of conformal radiotherapy is to deliver precisely a specific dose of radiation to a planning target volume, concurrently radiating as little healthy tissue and organs as possible. This can be accomplished only with the accurate positioning of the patient with respect to the radiotherapy system. In this paper, we describe a system to achieve a higher(More)
The quality insurance in radiotherapy in the frame of highly complex technical process as Intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) needs independent control of the delivered dose to the patient. Actually, up to now, most of the radiotherapy treatments rely only on computed dosimetry through a rather complicated series of linked simulation tool. This(More)
Medical physics education and training requires the use of extensive imaging material and specific explanations. These requirements provide an excellent background for application of e-Learning. The EU projects Consortia EMERALD and EMIT developed five volumes of such materials, now used in 65 countries. EMERALD developed e-Learning materials in three areas(More)
PURPOSE European directive 97/43 specifies that the dose delivered to the patient during a radiological procedure should be estimated. In order to prepare for implementation of this new regulation, we have studied the dose delivered during spiral CT acquisition. MATERIALS AND METHODS We have studied the influence of slice thickness, pitch, tube voltage(More)
Patient immobilization is considered an important part of the quality control program in radiation therapy. The need for patient immobilization according to the symptoms, ensuring both reproducibility and comfort, is described in the recommendations for level 1 published by the SFPM (Société française de physique médicale) and the SFRO (Société française de(More)
PURPOSE To report survival and morbidity of a cohort of 200 hormone-naïve consecutive patients with localized prostate cancer, treated by low-dose rate brachytherapy within the frame of multidisciplinary approach. PATIENTS AND METHODS Between 2001 and 2011, 200 patients were treated by the same team with 125 iodine seeds: 167 low-risk and 33 intermediate(More)
Contention shells are frequently used in radiotherapy. They allow improvements in the reproducibility of treatments and take part in quality assurance. The aim of our survey is to establish how centers use contention masks. Ninety-five percent of the centers questioned use contention masks. The fixation device is in most cases made of Plexiglas. The masks(More)