Evaluation of patient-specific motion management for radiotherapy planning computed tomography using a statistical method

Yoshinori Tanabe, Hidetoshi Eto

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We evaluated the probabilistic randomness of predictions by using individual numerical data based on general data for treatment planning computed tomography (CT) and evaluated the importance of patient-specific management through statistical analysis of our facility's data in lung stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) and prostate volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT). The subjects were 30 patients who underwent lung SBRT with fiducial markers and 24 patients who underwent prostate VMAT. The average 3-dimensional (3D) displacement error between the fiducial marker and lung mass in 4DCT of lung SBRT was calculated and then compared with the 3D displacement error between the upper-lobe group (UG) and middle- or lower-lobe group (LG). The duty cycles between the lung tumor and fiducial marker at the <2-mm3 ambush area were compared between the UG and LG. In the prostate VMAT, the Shewhart control chart was analyzed by comparing multiple acquisition planning CT (MPCT) and cone-beam CT (CBCT) during the treatment period. The average 3D displacement errors in 4DCT for the lung tumor and fiducial marker were significantly different between the UG and middle- or lower-lobe group, but there was no correlation with the duty cycle. The Shewhart control chart for 3D displacement errors of the prostate for MPCT and CBCT showed that errors of >8 mm exceeded the control limit. In lung SBRT and prostate VMAT, overall statistical data from planning CT showed probabilistic randomness in predictions during the treatment period, and patient-specific motion management was needed to increase accuracy. A radiotherapy planning CT report showing a statistical analysis graph would be useful to objective share with staff.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e13-e18
JournalMedical Dosimetry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Fiducial Markers
  • Lung Neoplasms
  • Prostate
  • Radiosurgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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