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Review of advanced catheter technologies in radiation oncology brachytherapy procedures

Authors Zhou J, Zamdborg L, Sebastian E

Received 1 February 2015

Accepted for publication 20 April 2015

Published 16 July 2015 Volume 2015:7 Pages 199—211


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Kenan Onel

Jun Zhou,1,2 Leonid Zamdborg,1 Evelyn Sebastian1

1Department of Radiation Oncology, Beaumont Health System, 2Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Royal Oak, MI, USA

Abstract: The development of new catheter and applicator technologies in recent years has significantly improved treatment accuracy, efficiency, and outcomes in brachytherapy. In this paper, we review these advances, focusing on the performance of catheter imaging and reconstruction techniques in brachytherapy procedures using magnetic resonance images and electromagnetic tracking. The accuracy of catheter reconstruction, imaging artifacts, and other notable properties of plastic and titanium applicators in gynecologic treatments are reviewed. The accuracy, noise performance, and limitations of electromagnetic tracking for catheter reconstruction are discussed. Several newly developed applicators for accelerated partial breast irradiation and gynecologic treatments are also reviewed. New hypofractionated high dose rate treatment schemes in prostate cancer and accelerated partial breast irradiation are presented.

Keywords: catheter technologies, catheter reconstruction, electromagnetic tracking, hypofractionated high dose rate treatment, accelerated partial breast irradiation

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