An observer study: comparison of computed radiography to electronic and film portal imaging

ROBERTS, Neil and STANLEY, S (2006). An observer study: comparison of computed radiography to electronic and film portal imaging. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 5 (4), 197-202.

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Introduction: Computed radiography (CR) is an imaging facility that does not require the use of hard copy film, digital images are obtained with a photostimulable phosphor plate, which replaces film, in a cassette. As the first UK radiotherapy site to trial CR, we are collecting data to assess the feasibility of using CR in radiotherapy treatment verification. Method: From 30 patients undergoing radical radiotherapy, 10 were consecutively accrued to three sites: pelvis, thorax and head and neck. Treatment verification images were taken using current protocols, but substituting standard imaging for CR images on one fraction. Four independent observers were used: two clinical oncologists and two therapy radiographers. Observers rated CR, electronic portal imaging (EPI) and enhanced contrast (EC) films of the three sites for both landmark visibility and ease of verification decision, using a numerical scoring system. Results: Ratings for visibility of landmarks and for verification decision were similar for CR and film/EPI images for most landmarks. However, CR images rated poorly compared to EC film in the head and neck region with landmarks such as thyroid cartilage and cricoid cartilage rating as 'not clear'. CR images rated better than EPI images for both visibility and verification decision on the majority of landmarks in the pelvis region. Conclusion: Results gathered from a relatively small sample size have provided the following conclusion. The visibility of landmarks in CR images is comparable to that in film and EPI. Verification of treatment images based on CR is comparable to that of the current imaging media in the department. © 2006 Cambridge University Press.

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Additional Information: license: 2006 Cambridge University Press
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1103 Clinical Sciences; Oncology & Carcinogenesis
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Page Range: 197-202
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2019 11:21
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 07:05

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