Identification of treatment error types for lung cancer patients using convolutional neural networks and EPID dosimetry

Cecile J. A. Wolfs, Richard A. M. Canters, Frank Verhaegen*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Background/Purpose: Electronic portal imaging device (EPID) dosimetry aims to detect treatment errors, potentially leading to treatment adaptation. Clinically used threshold classification methods for detecting errors lead to loss of information (from multi-dimensional EPID data to a few numbers) and cannot be used for identifying causes of errors. Advanced classification methods, such as deep learning, can use all available information. In this study, convolutional neural networks (CNNs) were trained to detect and identify error type and magnitude of simulated treatment errors in lung cancer patients. The purpose of this simulation study is to provide a proof-of-concept of CNNs for error identification using EPID dosimetry in an in vivo scenario.

Materials and methods: Clinically realistic ranges of anatomical changes, positioning errors and mechanical errors were simulated for lung cancer patients. Predicted portal dose images (PDIs) containing errors were compared to error-free PDIs using the widely used gamma analysis. CNNs were trained to classify errors using 2D gamma maps. Three classification levels were assessed: Level 1 (main error type, e.g., anatomical change), Level 2 (error subtype, e.g., tumor regression) and Level 3 (error magnitude, e.g., >50% tumor regression).

Results: CNNs showed good performance for all classification levels (training/test accuracy 99.5%/96.1%, 92.5%/86.8%, 82.0%/72.9%). For Level 3, overfitting became more apparent.

Conclusion: This simulation study indicates that deep learning is a promising powerful tool for identifying types and magnitude of treatment errors with EPID dosimetry, providing additional information not currently available from EPID dosimetry. This is a first step towards rapid, automated models for identification of treatment errors using EPID dosimetry. (C) 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-249
Number of pages7
JournalRadiotherapy and Oncology
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • EPID dosimetry
  • In vivo dosimetry
  • Treatment verification
  • Error identification
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Deep learning

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