Dosimetric comparison of peripheral NSCLC SBRT using Acuros XB and AAA calculation algorithms.

ONG, Chloe C H, ANG, Khong Wei, SOH, Roger C X, TIN, Kah Ming, YAP, Jerome H H, LEE, James C L and BRAGG, Christopher Mark (2017). Dosimetric comparison of peripheral NSCLC SBRT using Acuros XB and AAA calculation algorithms. Medical dosimetry : official journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists, 42 (3), 216-222.

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There is a concern for dose calculation in highly heterogenous environments such as the thorax region. This study compares the quality of treatment plans of peripheral non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) using 2 calculation algorithms, namely, Eclipse Anisotropic Analytical Algorithm (AAA) and Acuros External Beam (AXB), for 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3DCRT) and volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT). Four-dimensional computed tomography (4DCT) data from 20 anonymized patients were studied using Varian Eclipse planning system, AXB, and AAA version 10.0.28. A 3DCRT plan and a VMAT plan were generated using AAA and AXB with constant plan parameters for each patient. The prescription and dose constraints were benchmarked against Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 0915 protocol. Planning parameters of the plan were compared statistically using Mann-Whitney U tests. Results showed that 3DCRT and VMAT plans have a lower target coverage up to 8% when calculated using AXB as compared with AAA. The conformity index (CI) for AXB plans was 4.7% lower than AAA plans, but was closer to unity, which indicated better target conformity. AXB produced plans with global maximum doses which were, on average, 2% hotter than AAA plans. Both 3DCRT and VMAT plans were able to achieve D95%. VMAT plans were shown to be more conformal (CI = 1.01) and were at least 3.2% and 1.5% lower in terms of PTV maximum and mean dose, respectively. There was no statistically significant difference for doses received by organs at risk (OARs) regardless of calculation algorithms and treatment techniques. In general, the difference in tissue modeling for AXB and AAA algorithm is responsible for the dose distribution between the AXB and the AAA algorithms. The AXB VMAT plans could be used to benefit patients receiving peripheral NSCLC SBRT. [Abstract copyright: Copyright © 2017 American Association of Medical Dosimetrists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.]

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From PubMed via Jisc Publications Router. ** History: ** received: 28-02-2017 ** revised: 26-04-2017 ** accepted: 04-05-2017
Uncontrolled Keywords: AAA, AXB, Calculation algorithms, NSCLC, SBRT
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Biomedical Research Centre
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Page Range: 216-222
SWORD Depositor: Hilary Ridgway
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2017 08:02
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 00:46

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