The departmental impact of magnetic resonance imaging in the management of cervical cancer brachytherapy: a discussion paper

WARREN, M. J. and EDDY, Angela (2012). The departmental impact of magnetic resonance imaging in the management of cervical cancer brachytherapy: a discussion paper. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 11 (04), 201-208.

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Abstract

This discussion paper will explore the impact of using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in the treatment of cervical cancer with brachytherapy. It is written from the perspective of current departmental practice in the UK and aims to highlight the issues associated with using MRI as a tool for image guided brachytherapy planning. To support the discussion, a literature review was undertaken focussing specifically on the use of MRI in brachytherapy treatment planning for cervical cancer. Results from planning case studies and clinical series were analysed, and the literature showed that image guided brachytherapy treatment planning is a promising development. MRI assisted planning could theoretically be implemented in centres that have access to a MRI scanner. Alternative brachytherapy technologies (e.g. Computed Tomography (CT) assisted planning), and alternative radiotherapy modalities (e.g. an external beam radiotherapy boost), were not found to be superior in effect or of implementation. Although MRI shows great promise, the evidence base for MRI in brachytherapy planning for cervical cancer is currently limited and therefore careful implementation and evaluation is required. It is suggested by the authors that new methods of working are devised to ensure consistency and quality in implementation and delivery, and that outcomes are measured and audited to evaluate efficacy.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.1017/S1460396911000288
Depositing User: Angela Eddy
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2014 11:27
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2015 03:25
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8408

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