Reproducibility of deep inspiration breath hold for prone left-sided whole breast irradiation

Thomas Mulliez, Liv Veldeman, Tom Vercauteren, Werner De Gersem, Bruno Speleers, Annick Van Greveling, Dieter Berwouts, Vincent Remouchamps, Rudy Van den Broecke, Wilfried De Neve
Radiation Oncology 2015, 10: 9

BACKGROUND: Investigating reproducibility and instability of deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH) in the prone position to reduce heart dose for left-sided whole breast irradiation.

METHODS: Thirty patients were included and underwent 2 prone DIBH CT-scans during simulation. Overlap indices were calculated for the ipsilateral breast, heart and lungs to evaluate the anatomical reproducibility of the DIBH maneuver. The breathing motion of 21 patients treated with prone DIBH were registered using magnetic probes. These breathing curves were investigated to gain data on intra-fraction reproducibility and instability of the different DIBH cycles during treatment.

RESULTS: Overlap index was 0.98 for the ipsilateral breast and 0.96 for heart and both lungs between the 2 prone DIBH-scans. The magnetic sensors reported population amplitudes of 2.8 ± 1.3 mm for shallow breathing and 11.7 ± 4.7 mm for DIBH, an intra-fraction standard deviation of 1.0 ± 0.4 mm for DIBH, an intra-breath hold instability of 1.0 ± 0.6 mm and a treatment time of 300 ± 69 s.

CONCLUSION: Prone DIBH can be accurately clinically implemented with acceptable reproducibility and instability.

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