Multiinstitutional study on target volume delineation variation in breast radiotherapy in the presence of guidelines

Dutch Young Boost Study Group, Liesbeth Boersma

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This study aims to determine magnitude, causes and consequences of post-operative breast tumour target volume delineation variation among radiation oncologists in the presence of guidelines.Excision cavities, CTVs and PTVs of eight breast cancer patients were delineated on CT scans by 13 Dutch radiation oncologists (observers) from 12 Dutch institutes participating in the international Young Boost Trial. Delineated volumes and conformity indices were determined. CTV delineation variation (SD) was determined for anatomically relevant regions. Non-parametric statistics were performed to establish effects of observers, patient characteristics and regions on delineation variation.Even in the presence of delineation guidelines considerable delineation variation is present (0.24
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-291
JournalRadiotherapy and Oncology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


  • Interobserver variation
  • Delineation
  • Partial breast
  • Clips
  • Guidelines
  • Breast cancer

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