The impact of heterogeneity correction on dosimetric parameters that predict for radiation pneumonitis INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION ONCOLOGY BIOLOGY PHYSICS Chang, D. T., Olivier, K. R., Morris, C. G., Liu, C., Dempsey, J. F., Benda, R. K., Palta, J. R. 2006; 65 (1): 125-131


To determine if heterogeneity correction significantly affects commonly measured dosimetric parameters predicting pulmonary toxicity in patients receiving radiation for lung cancer.Sixty-eight patients treated for lung cancer were evaluated. The conformal treatment technique mostly employed anteroposterior/posterior-anterior fields and off-cord obliques. The percent total lung volume receiving 20 Gy or higher (V20) and mean lung dose (MLD) were correlated with the incidence of radiation pneumonitis. Parameters from both heterogeneity-corrected and heterogeneity-uncorrected plans were used to assess this risk.Univariate analysis revealed a significant correlation between the development of radiation pneumonitis and both V20 and MLD. A best-fit line to a plot of V20 from the homogeneous plan against the corresponding V20 heterogeneous value produced a slope of 1.00 and zero offset, indicating no difference between the two parameters. For MLD, a similarly significant correlation is seen between the heterogeneous and homogeneous parameters, indicating a 4% difference when correcting for heterogeneity. A significant correlation was also observed between the MLD and V20 parameters (p < 0.0001).A high degree of correlation exists between heterogeneity-corrected and heterogeneity-uncorrected dosimetric parameters for lung and the risk of developing pneumonitis. Either V20 or MLD predicts the pneumonitis risk with similar effect.

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