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Image Guided SBRT II: Challenges & Pitfalls

Z Chang

F Yin
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J Cho

Z Chang1*, F Yin2*, J Cho3*, (1) Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, (2) Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, (3)


TU-D-BRD-1 Tuesday 11:15AM - 12:15PM Room: Ballroom D

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) has been effective treatment for the management of various diseases, which often delivers high radiation dose in a single or a few fractions. SBRT therefore demands precise treatment delivery to the tumor while sparing adjacent healthy tissue. Recent developments in image guidance enable target localization with increased accuracy. With such improvements in localization, image-guided SBRT has been widely adopted into clinical practice.

In SBRT, high radiation dose is generally delivered with small fields. Therefore, it is crucial to accurately measure dosimetric data for the small fields during commissioning. In addition, image-guided SBRT demands accurate image localization to ensure safety and quality of patient care. Lately, the reports of AAPM TG 142 and TG 104 have been published and added recommendations for imaging devices that are integrated with the linear accelerator for SBRT. Furthermore, various challenges and potential pitfalls lie in the clinical implementation of image-guided SBRT. In this lecture, these challenges and pitfalls of image-guided SBRT will be illustrated and discussed from dosimetric, technical and clinical perspectives.

Being a promising technique, image-guided SBRT has shown great potentials, and will lead to more accurate and safer SBRT treatments.

Learning Objectives:
1. To understand dosimetric challenges and pitfalls for IGRT application in SBRT.
2. To understand major clinical challenges and pitfalls for IGRT application in SBRT.
3. To understand major technical challenges and pitfalls for IGRT application in SBRT.

Funding Support, Disclosures, and Conflict of Interest: NIH, Varian Medical Systems


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