Helical tomotherapy: Comparison of Hi-ART and Radixact clinical patient treatments at the Technical University of Munich

K. M. Kraus, S. Kampfer, J. J. Wilkens, L. Schüttrumpf, S. E. Combs

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Abstract

The helical tomotherapy (HT) Hi-ART system was installed at our department in April 2007. In July 2018 the first Radixact system in Germany has been launched for clinical use. We present differences, advantages and disadvantages and show future perspectives in patient treatment using two HT devices. We investigate patient characteristics, image quality, radiotherapy treatment specifications and analyze the time effort for treatments with the Hi-ART system from April 2010 until May 2017 and compare it to the data acquired in the first nine months of usage of the Radixact system. Comparing the Hi-ART and Radixact system, the unique option of integrated MVCT image acquisition has experienced distinct improvement in image quality. Time effort for irradiation treatment could be improved resulting in a mean beam on time for craniospinal axis treatment of 636.2 s for the Radixact system compared to 915.9 s for the Hi-ART system. The beneficial use of tomotherapy for complex target volumes is demonstrated by a head and neck tumor case and craniospinal axis treatment. With the Radixact system MVCT image quality has been improved allowing for fast and precise interfraction dose adaptation. The improved time effort for patient treatment could increase the accessibility for clinical usage.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4928
JournalScientific Reports
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes

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