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Eder, Michael Martin; Reiner, Michael; Heinz, Christian; Garny, Sylvia; Freislederer, Philipp; Landry, Guillaume; Niyazi, Maximilian; Belka, Claus and Riboldi, Marco (2022): Single-isocenter stereotactic radiosurgery for multiple brain metastases: Impact of patient misalignments on target coverage in non-coplanar treatments. In: Zeitschrift für Medizinische Physik, Vol. 32, No. 3: pp. 296-311

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Abstract

Frameless single-isocenter non-coplanar stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for patients with multiple brain metastases is a treatment at high geometrical complexity. The goal of this study is to analyze the dosimetric impact of non-coplanar image guidance with stereoscopic X-ray imaging. Such an analysis is meant to provide insights on the adequacy of safety margins, and to evaluate the benefit of imaging at non-coplanar configurations.The ExacTrac (R) (ET) system (Brainlab AG, Munich, Germany) was used for stereoscopic X-ray imaging in frameless single-isocenter non-coplanar SRS for multiple brain metastases. Sub-millimeter precision was found for the ET-based pre-treatment setup, whereas a degradation was noted for non-coplanar treatment angles. Misalignments without intra-fractional positioning corrections were reconstructed in 6 degrees of freedom (DoF) to resemble the situation without non-coplanar image guidance.Dose recalculation in 20 SRS patients with applied positioning corrections did not reveal any significant differences in D98% for 75 planning target volumes (PTVs) and gross tumor volumes (GTVs). For recalculation without applied positioning corrections, significant differences (p < 0.05) were reported in D98% for both PTVs and GTVs, with stronger effects for small PTV volumes. A worst-case analysis at increasing translational and rotational misalignment revealed that dosimetric changes are a complex function of the combination thereof.This study highlighted the important role of positioning correction with ET at non-coplanar configurations in frameless single-isocenter non-coplanar SRS for patients with multiple brain metastases. Uncorrected patient misalignments at non -coplanar couch angles were linked to a significant loss of PTV coverage, with effects varying according to the combination of single DoF and PTV geometrical properties.

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