Martin Polednik

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INTRODUCTION Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), a complex treatment strategy for intensity-modulated radiation therapy, may increase treatment efficiency and has recently been established clinically. This analysis compares VMAT against established IMRT and 3D-conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT) delivery techniques. METHODS Based on CT datasets of 9(More)
Purpose: To compare different combinations of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) system components with regard to quality assurance (QA), especially robustness against malfunctions and dosimetry. Three different treatment-planning systems (TPS), two types of linacs and three multileaf collimator (MLC) types were compared: commissioning procedures(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to compare and to validate different dose calculation algorithms for the use in radiation therapy of small lung lesions and to optimize the treatment planning using accurate dose calculation algorithms. METHODS A 9-field conformal treatment plan was generated on an inhomogeneous phantom with lung mimics and a soft(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE We developed a simple and robust total body irradiation (TBI) method for standard treatment rooms that obviates the need for patient translation devices. METHODS AND MATERIALS Two generic arcs with rectangular segments for a patient thickness of 16 and 20 cm (arc16/arc20) were generated. An analytical fit was performed to determine(More)
The aim of this study was to develop a generic and ultra-efficient modulated arc technique for treatment with total body irradiation (TBI) without additional equipment in standard treatment rooms. A continuous gantry arc between 300° and 70° composed of 26 subarcs (5° per subarc) using a field size of 40 × 40 cm2 was used to perform the initial beam data(More)
INTRODUCTION Recent data suggest that a radiosurgery boost treatment for up to three brain metastases in addition to whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) is beneficial. Sequential treatment of multiple metastatic lesions is time-consuming and optimal normal tissue sparing is not trivial for larger metastases when separate plans are created and are only(More)
Quality assurance of external beam (radio)therapy (EBT) requires tools with specific characteristics. A radiochromic film dubbed "Gafchromic EBT" (G-EBT) that is particularly suited for external beam therapy because of its features was introduced in 2004. Its characteristics, especially the high spatial resolution, make it suitable for measurement of dose(More)
PURPOSE Pencil-beam (PB) based dose calculation for treatment planning is limited by inaccuracies in regions of tissue inhomogeneities, particularly in situations with lateral electron disequilibrium as is present at tissue/lung interfaces. To overcome these limitations, a new "lateral disequilibrium inclusive" (LDI) PB based calculation algorithm was(More)
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE(S) IMRT allows dose escalation for large lung tumors, but respiratory motion may compromise delivery. A treatment plan that modulates fluence predominantly in the transversal direction and leaves the fluence identical in the direction of the breathing motion may reduce this problem. MATERIALS/METHODS Planning-CT-datasets of 20 patients(More)
BACKGROUND To evaluate the performance of seven different TPS (Treatment Planning Systems: Corvus, Eclipse, Hyperion, KonRad, Oncentra Masterplan, Pinnacle and PrecisePLAN) when intensity modulated (IMRT) plans are designed for paediatric tumours. METHODS Datasets (CT images and volumes of interest) of four patients were used to design IMRT plans. The(More)