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Open Access IJMPCERO Patient-Specific and Generic Immobilization Devices for Prostate Radiotherapy

By Adam D. Melancon, Rajat J. Kudchadker, Richard Amos, Jennifer L. Johnson, Yongbin Zhang, Zhiqian H. Yu, Lifei Zhang, Lei Dong and Andrew K. Lee


Copyright © 2013 Adam D. Melancon et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution Li-cense, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The purpose of our study was to compare interfractional bony setup variations in pelvic anatomy with two immobiliza-tion devices, the patient-specific Vac-Lok and the generic Dual Leg Positioner system (both Civco Medical Solutions, Kalona, IA), for bilateral proton radiotherapy of the prostate. Two groups of 10 patients were studied. Computed tomo-graphy (CT) was performed three times a week, yielding 233 CT image sets for the vacuum system group and 252 for the other group. The translational shifts of the pelvic bone and prostate and rotation of the upper femurs of the femoral heads with respect to the simulation CT images were analyzed. Along the anterior-posterior and lateral axes, mean and systematic translational variations of the pelvic bone and prostate, relative to skin fiducials, were significantly lower in the Vac-Lok group (all p < 0.01) than in the Dual Leg Positioner group. Abduction of the upper femur, the dominan

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