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Repeatability of hypoxia dose painting by numbers based on EF5-PET in head and neck cancer

Julkaisun tekijät: Wright Pauliina, Arnesen Marius Røthe, Lønne Per Ivar, Suilamo Sami, Silvoniemi Antti, Dale Einar, Minn Heikki, Malinen Eirik

Julkaisuvuosi: 2021

Journal: Acta Oncologica

Tietokannassa oleva lehden nimi: Acta oncologica (Stockholm, Sweden)

Lehden akronyymi: Acta Oncol

ISSN: 0284-186X

eISSN: 1651-226X

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0284186X.2021.1944663


Background: Hypoxia dose painting is a radiotherapy technique to increase the dose to hypoxic regions of the tumour. Still, the clinical effect relies on the reproducibility of the hypoxic region shown in the medical image. 18F-EF5 is a hypoxia tracer for positron emission tomography (PET), and this study investigated the repeatability of 18F-EF5-based dose painting by numbers (DPBN) in head and neck cancer (HNC).

Materials and methods: Eight HNC patients undergoing two 18F-EF5-PET/CT sessions (A and B) before radiotherapy were included. A linear conversion of PET signal intensity to radiotherapy dose prescription was employed and DPBN treatment plans were created using the image basis acquired at each PET/CT session. Also, plan A was recalculated on the image basis for session B. Voxel-by-voxel Pearson's correlation and quality factor were calculated to assess the DPBN plan quality and repeatability.

Results: The mean (SD) correlation coefficient between DPBN prescription and plan was 0.92 (0.02) and 0.93 (0.02) for sessions A and B, respectively, with corresponding quality factors of 0.02 (0.002) and 0.02 (0.003), respectively. The mean correlation between dose prescriptions at day A and B was 0.72 (0.13), and 0.77 (0.12) for the corresponding plans. A mean correlation of 0.80 (0.08) was found between plan A, recalculated on image basis B, and plan B.

Conclusion: Hypoxia DPBN planning based on 18F-EF5-PET/CT showed high repeatability. This illustrates that 18F-EF5-PET provides a robust target for dose painting.

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