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Modeling and performance evaluation of a robotic treatment couch for tumor tracking


Jöhl, Alexander; Lang, Stephanie; Ehrbar, Stefanie; Guckenberger, Matthias; Klöck, Stephan; Meboldt, Mirko; Schmid Daners, Marianne (2016). Modeling and performance evaluation of a robotic treatment couch for tumor tracking. Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical engineering, 61(5):557-566.

Abstract

Tumor motion during radiation therapy increases the irradiation of healthy tissue. However, this problem may be mitigated by moving the patient via the treatment couch such that the tumor motion relative to the beam is minimized. The treatment couch poses limitations to the potential mitigation, thus the performance of the Protura (CIVCO) treatment couch was characterized and numerically modeled. The unknown parameters were identified using chirp signals and verified with one-dimensional tumor tracking. The Protura tracked chirp signals well up to 0.2 Hz in both longitudinal and vertical directions. If only the vertical or only the longitudinal direction was tracked, the Protura tracked well up to 0.3 Hz. However, there was unintentional yet substantial lateral motion in the former case. And during vertical motion, the extension caused rotation of the Protura around the lateral axis. The numerical model matched the Protura up to 0.3 Hz. Even though the Protura was designed for static positioning, it was able to reduce the tumor motion by 69% (median). The correlation coefficient between the tumor motion reductions of the Protura and the model was 0.99. Therefore, the model allows tumor-tracking results of the Protura to be predicted.

Abstract

Tumor motion during radiation therapy increases the irradiation of healthy tissue. However, this problem may be mitigated by moving the patient via the treatment couch such that the tumor motion relative to the beam is minimized. The treatment couch poses limitations to the potential mitigation, thus the performance of the Protura (CIVCO) treatment couch was characterized and numerically modeled. The unknown parameters were identified using chirp signals and verified with one-dimensional tumor tracking. The Protura tracked chirp signals well up to 0.2 Hz in both longitudinal and vertical directions. If only the vertical or only the longitudinal direction was tracked, the Protura tracked well up to 0.3 Hz. However, there was unintentional yet substantial lateral motion in the former case. And during vertical motion, the extension caused rotation of the Protura around the lateral axis. The numerical model matched the Protura up to 0.3 Hz. Even though the Protura was designed for static positioning, it was able to reduce the tumor motion by 69% (median). The correlation coefficient between the tumor motion reductions of the Protura and the model was 0.99. Therefore, the model allows tumor-tracking results of the Protura to be predicted.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Radiation Oncology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:1 October 2016
Deposited On:12 Jan 2017 11:31
Last Modified:01 Oct 2017 00:01
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:0013-5585
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/bmt-2015-0187
PubMed ID:27016148

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