Using C-Arm X-ray images from marker insertion to confirm the gold fiducial marker identification in an MRI-only prostate radiotherapy workflow.

Using C-Arm X-ray images from marker insertion to confirm the gold fiducial marker identification in an MRI-only prostate radiotherapy workflow. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2018 Oct 24;: Authors: Gustafsson C, Persson E, Gunnlaugsson A, Olsson LE Abstract Prostate cancer radiotherapy workflows, solely based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), are now in clinical use. In these workflows, intraprostatic gold fiducial markers (GFM) show similar signal behavior as calcifications and bleeding in T2-weighted MRI-images. Accurate GFM identification in MRI-only radiotherapy workflows is therefore a major challenge. C-arm X-ray images (CkV-images), acquired at GFM implantation, could provide GFM position information and be used to confirm correct identification in T2-weighted MRI-images. This would require negligible GFM migration between implantation and MRI-imaging. Marker migration was therefore investigated. The aim of this study was to show the feasibility of using CkV-images to confirm GFM identification in an MRI-only prostate radiotherapy workflow. An anterior-posterior digitally reconstructed radiograph (DRR)-image and a mirrored posterior-anterior CkV-image were acquired two weeks apart for 16 patients in an MRI-only radiotherapy workflow. The DRR-image originated from synthetic CT-images (created from MRI-images). A common image geometry was defined between the DRR- and CkV-image for each patient. A rigid registration between the GFM center of mass (CoM) co...
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Conclusions: This series suggests the use of antiplatelet or anticoagulant medication is not an absolute contraindication to fiducial marker placement in patients undergoing SBRT or IGRT for prostate cancer. These patients should be closely monitored after the procedure for bleeding complications. Practitioners may consider the patient's medical comorbidities, risk factors for thromboembolism, and overall functional status as there is no standardized protocol for discontinuing anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapy for fiducial marker placement.
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