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Treatment plan dosimetric impact after catheter stretch during multi-catheter interstitial breast brachytherapy.

Treatment plan dosimetric impact after catheter stretch during multi-catheter interstitial breast brachytherapy. J Contemp Brachytherapy. 2017 Oct;9(5):418-423 Authors: Boman E, Paterson D, Huang J, Pearson S, Johnson C Abstract Purpose: Nylon 6/6 interstitial brachytherapy catheters may stretch when exposed to moisture, mechanical tension, and body temperature. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the magnitude of catheter stretch during a course of multi-catheter interstitial breast brachytherapy for nylon 6/6 treatment catheters, and to assess the impact this has on treatment plan dosimetry. Material and methods: Catheters were exposed to water at 37°C for six days and the internal catheter length change (ΔL_W) was measured daily. Additionally, the measured internal catheter length change (ΔL_P), performed prior to each treatment fraction, for seven interstitial breast brachytherapy patients (total of 76 catheters) were retrospectively analyzed. The maximum length change seen in ΔL_P and ΔL_W were introduced as a source positional error to retrospective treatment plans, and treatment plan dosimetry was analyzed. Results: ΔL_W and ΔL_P were on average +4.0% and +1.6% of the catheter lengths in water or tissue after 48 hours. Weak correlation was seen between the average ΔL_P per catheter and both the catheter length within tissue (ρ = 0.36, p = 0.0007), and the mid-catheter depth in tissue (&...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: J Contemp Brachytherapy Source Type: research

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