The optimization of image guided radiotherapy in lung cancer.
MD thesis, University of Glasgow.
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The hypothesis of this work was whether IGRT could be safely implemented for clinical use in a busy oncology centre. I aimed to study a number of questions that remain unresolved in the current literature regarding safe and optimised implementation of IGRT techniques.
The first study undertaken was the calculation of a local set up margin using two widely recognised margin recipes. This involved the assessment and analysis of multiple images belonging to 100 patients. This allowed progression onto the next project which was assessment of the optimal safe method of delineation of 4DCT. The most efficient method was compared to gold standard.
At this point a different aspect of the radiation process was assessed, namely verification. A feasibility study of a simple, efficient form of imaging for use in review of a particular error was performed. This also involved the use of a novel tool which required independent assessment. This progressed into a further study of a larger number of patients using this tool and the images assessed previously to verify a novel form of radiation delivery.
Lastly a planning study was performed to quantify the clinical benefit of another delivery system. This involved the delineation and planning of a large number of radical lung patients with standard radiation treatment and the novel radiation treatment and an assessment of the potential clinical benefits.
The work presented in this thesis has answered some specific questions in IGRT in lung cancer, and contributed both locally and in the wider lung cancer community to increasing the use of IGRT in lung cancer.
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