Recent advances in Surface Guided Radiation Therapy

P. Freislederer*, M. Kugele, M. Ollers, A. Swinnen, T. -O. Sauer, C. Bert, D. Giantsoudi, S. Corradini, V. Batista

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Abstract

The growing acceptance and recognition of Surface Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT) as a promising imaging technique has supported its recent spread in a large number of radiation oncology facilities. Although this technology is not new, many aspects of it have only recently been exploited. This review focuses on the latest SGRT developments, both in the field of general clinical applications and special techniques.SGRT has a wide range of applications, including patient positioning with real-time feedback, patient monitoring throughout the treatment fraction, and motion management (as beam-gating in free-breathing or deep-inspiration breath-hold). Special radiotherapy modalities such as accelerated partial breast irradiation, particle radiotherapy, and pediatrics are the most recent SGRT developments.The fact that SGRT is nowadays used at various body sites has resulted in the need to adapt SGRT workflows to each body site. Current SGRT applications range from traditional breast irradiation, to thoracic, abdominal, or pelvic tumor sites, and include intracranial localizations.Following the latest SGRT applications and their specifications/requirements, a stricter quality assurance program needs to be ensured. Recent publications highlight the need to adapt quality assurance to the radiotherapy equipment type, SGRT technology, anatomic treatment sites, and clinical workflows, which results in a complex and extensive set of tests.Moreover, this review gives an outlook on the leading research trends. In particular, the potential to use deformable surfaces as motion surrogates, to use SGRT to detect anatomical variations along the treatment course, and to help in the establishment of personalized patient treatment (optimized margins and motion management strategies) are increasingly important research topics. SGRT is also emerging in the field of patient safety and integrates measures to reduce common radiotherapeutic risk events (e.g. facial and treatment accessories recognition).This review covers the latest clinical practices of SGRT and provides an outlook on potential applications of this imaging technique. It is intended to provide guidance for new users during the implementation, while triggering experienced users to further explore SGRT applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number187
Number of pages11
JournalRadiation Oncology
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Surface guided radiation therapy
  • SGRT
  • Patient positioning
  • Motion management
  • Deep-inspiration breath-hold
  • Intra-fractional motion mitigation
  • Patient safety
  • STEREOTACTIC BODY RADIOTHERAPY
  • PARTIAL-BREAST IRRADIATION
  • INITIAL PATIENT SETUP
  • CONE-BEAM CT
  • IMAGING-SYSTEM
  • INTRAFRACTION MOTION
  • PHANTOM EVALUATION
  • QUALITY-ASSURANCE
  • BREATHING MOTION
  • RADIOSURGERY

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