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Clinical utility of RapidArcTM radiotherapy technology

Authors Infusino E

Received 29 April 2015

Accepted for publication 21 September 2015

Published 12 November 2015 Volume 2015:7 Pages 345—356

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CMAR.S72775

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Jaya Mallela

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Kenan Onel


Erminia Infusino

Department of Radiotherapy, Campus Bio-Medico University Hospital, Rome, Italy

Abstract: RapidArcTM is a radiation technique that delivers highly conformal dose distributions through the complete rotation (360°) and speed variation of the linear accelerator gantry. This technique, called volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), compared with conventional radiotherapy techniques, can achieve high-target volume coverage and sparing damage to normal tissues. RapidArc delivers precise dose distribution and conformity similar to or greater than intensity-modulated radiation therapy in a short time, generally a few minutes, to which image-guided radiation therapy is added. RapidArc has become a currently used technology in many centers, which use RapidArc technology to treat a large number of patients. Large and small hospitals use it to treat the most challenging cases, but more and more frequently for the most common cancers. The clinical use of RapidArc and VMAT technology is constantly growing. At present, a limited number of clinical data are published, mostly concerning planning and feasibility studies. Clinical outcome data are increasing for a few tumor sites, even if only a little. The purpose of this work is to discuss the current status of VMAT techniques in clinical use through a review of the published data of planning systems and clinical outcomes in several tumor sites. The study consisted of a systematic review based on analysis of manuscripts retrieved from the PubMed, BioMed Central, and Scopus databases by searching for the keywords "RapidArc", "Volumetric modulated arc radiotherapy", and "Intensity-modulated radiotherapy".

Keywords: IMRT, VMAT, SBRT, SRS, treatment planning software
 

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