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Comparison of Two Commercially Available Software Platforms for Deformable Image Registration

N Papanikolaou

R Tuohy , S Stathakis , P Mavroidis , C Bosse , N Papanikolaou*, University of Texas Health Science Center, UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX


SU-E-J-264 Sunday 3:00PM - 6:00PM Room: Exhibit Hall

Purpose: To evaluate and compare the deformable image registration algorithms available in the Velocity (Velocity Medical Solutions, Atlanta, GA) and RayStation (RaySearch Americas, Inc., Garden city NY).
Methods: Ten consecutive patient cone beam CTs (CBCT) for each fraction were collected. The CBCTs along with the simulation CT were exported to the Velocity and the RayStation software. Each CBCT was registered using deformable image registration to the simulation CT and the resulting deformable vector matrix was generated. Each registration was visually inspected by a physicist and the prescribing physician. The volumes of the critical organs were calculated for each deformable CT and used for comparison.
Results: The resulting deformable registrations revealed differences between the two algorithms. These differences were realized when the organs at risk were contoured on each deformed CBCT. Differences in the order of 10% ±30% in volume were observed for bladder, 17 ±21% for rectum and 16±10% for sigmoid. The prostate and PTV volume differences were in the order of 3±5%. The volumetric differences observed had a respective impact on the DVHs of all organs at risk. Differences of 8-10% in the mean dose were observed for all organs above.
Conclusion: Deformable registration is a powerful tool that aids in the definition of critical structures and is often used for the evaluation of daily dose delivered to the patient. It should be noted that extended QA should be performed before clinical implementation of the software and the users should be aware of advantages and limitations of the methods.

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