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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 aim of conformal radiotherapy is to deliver, with high precision, a specific dose (which may be a high dose) to a planning target volume, concurrently with irradiating as little as possible healthy tissue and organs at risk. Radiation therapy may suffer from a number of problems that result in both over- or under-sizing the irradiation fields, making… (More)
We have developed a technique for inverse treatment planning of prostate therapy designed to improve the degree of conformation between the dose distribution and the target volume. We compared the inverse plan with a "standard" four-field box technique as well as a four-field technique using oblique fields ("cross technique"). We validated the dosimetry of… (More)
Essentials Bleeding incidence as hemorrhagic risk factors are unknown in palliative care inpatients. We conducted a multicenter observational study (22 Palliative Care Units, 1199 patients). At three months, the cumulative incidence of clinically relevant bleeding was 9.8%. Cancer, recent bleeding, thromboprophylaxis and antiplatelet therapy were… (More)
The authors describe the different steps of 3-D conformal external irradiation. They mention as well two procedures of isocentric repositioning which are mandatory for the matching of anatomical data: the first one is acquired before the simulation and the second one just before the radiotherapy session.