Conformal prostate treatment planning using a low-energy (6-MV) beam

D. A. Wilkinson, C. J. Scicutella, A. Wu, S. Kalnicki

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A 4-field noncoplanar technique for treatment of prostate cancer developed at the University of Michigan was modified for use with low-energy (6 MV) beams. These modifications include the use of wedges on the 2 anterior inferior-superior oblique fields and adjusting the weights of the oblique and lateral fields appropriately. A margin of 1.5 cm around the physician-defined target region was used to define the blocks on each beam's-eye view. Dose distributions produced using this technique with 6-MV and 24-MV beams were compared visually on several dose planes (transverse and sagittal) and quantitatively by dose volume histograms (target, rectum, and bladder). These comparisons showed insignificant differences between the high-energy and low- energy treatment plans. Much larger differences were observed in comparisons of 2 types of coplanar plans with the noncoplanar setup for the 6-MV photon machine. Rectal doses measured in situ were used to help validate the dose distribution predicted by the treatment planning system for the 6-MV noncoplanar technique. (C) 2000 American Association of Medical Dosimetrists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-40
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Dosimetry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Beam energy
  • Conformal
  • Prostate
  • Radiotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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