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PURPOSE To assess the feasibility of inverse planning for whole-abdomen intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) with bone marrow and kidney sparing and to develop approaches to circumventing field size restrictions in the application of whole-abdomen IMRT using dynamic multileaf collimators (DMLC). METHODS AND MATERIALS The entire peritoneal cavity(More)
PURPOSE Anatomic changes and positional variability during intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for head and neck cancer can lead to clinically significant dosimetric changes. We report our single-institution experience using an adaptive protocol and correlate these changes with anatomic and positional changes during treatment. METHODS AND(More)
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy can be conveniently delivered with a multileaf collimator. With this method, the entire field is not delivered at once, but rather it is composed of many subfields defined by the leaf positions as a function of beam on time. At any given instant, only these subfields are delivered. During treatment, if the organ moves,(More)
PURPOSE After breast-conserving surgery, a seroma often forms in the surgical cavity. If not drained, it may affect the volume of tumor bed requiring a boost after whole-breast radiation therapy (WBRT). Our objective was to evaluate the change in seroma volume that occurs during WBRT, before boost planning. METHODS AND MATERIALS A retrospective review was(More)
Intensity-modulated radiotherapy represents a recent advancement in conformal radiotherapy. It employs specialized computer-driven technology to generate dose distributions that conform to tumor targets with extremely high precision. Treatment planning is based on inverse planning algorithms and iterative computer-driven optimization to generate treatment(More)
The purpose of this study was to create AAPM TG 119 benchmark plans for volumetric arc therapy (VMAT) and to compare VMAT plans with IMRT plan data. AAPM TG 119 proposes a set of test clinical cases for testing the accuracy of IMRT planning and delivery system. For these test cases, we generated two treatment plans, the first plan using 7-9 static dMLC IMRT(More)
PURPOSE To report preliminary results on using intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) as an adjuvant treatment in primary soft tissue sarcoma (STS) of the extremity. METHODS AND MATERIALS Between February 2002 and March 2005, 31 adult patients with primary STS of the extremity were treated with surgery and adjuvant IMRT. Tumor size was >10 cm in 74%(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE IMRT clinical trials lack dose prescription and specification standards similar to ICRU standards for two- and three-dimensional external beam planning. In this study, we analyzed dose distributions for patients whose treatment plans incorporated IMRT, and compared the dose determined at the ICRU reference point to the PTV doses(More)
Intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) has become an effective tool for cancer treatment with radiation. However, even expert radiation planners still need to spend a substantial amount of time adjusting IMRT optimization parameters in order to get a clinically acceptable plan. We demonstrate that the relationship between patient geometry and radiation(More)
PURPOSE The treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma remains a therapeutic challenge, with median survival rates of about 12 months and local failure rates of up to 80%. Our institution recently published results showing that extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) followed by hemithoracic radiation yielded excellent local control. This paper reports our(More)