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Li, Y.* ; Wu, H.* ; Yang, J.* ; Li, T.* ; Yu, S.* ; Lu, Z.* ; Wang, M.* ; Li, C.* ; Li, W.B. ; Zhang, Y.*

Evaluation of cost-effective ratio (imaging quality vs. radiation dose) of Varian cone beam CT based on figure of merit (FOM).

Chin. J. Rad. Med. Prot. 40, 595-599 (2020)
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Objective: To analyze and compare the radiation dose and image quality of kilo-voltage cone beam CT systems on different Varian accelerator platforms, providing data to support clinical decisions on selecting optimal protocols for image-guided radiotherapy based on cost-effective ratio (image quality / radiation dose). Methods: The radiation dose and image quality of various CBCT systems and scanning protocols on Varian Edge, Truebeam and ix (new and old) LINACs were obtained using a CT dose index (CTDI) phantom combined with a CT ionization chamber and a Catphan604 phantom, respectively. Figure of merit (FOM) was used to evaluate the cost-effective ratio of the image guidance schemes. Results: Considerable inter-system varieties of FOMs were observed, varying from 0.65 (Image Gently-full trajectory) to 48.46 (Image Gently-half trajectory). The inter-protocol varieties were also large, where the mean±SD was 22.14±13.47. Conclusions: Considering the explicit inter-system and inter-protocol varieties, it is clinically favorable to evaluate the image guidance schemes based on machine-specific measurement. For instance, parameters and equipment with low CTDIw can be beneficial for dose-sensitive patients. High CNR regimen favors patients with high image quality requirements. For ordinary patients, cost-effective ratio in terms of FOM can be very helpful to guide the decision-making of clinical image-guided radiotherapy.
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Publication type Article: Journal article
Document type Scientific Article
Keywords Image Guided Radiotherapy ; Image Quality ; Kv Cone Beam Ct ; Radiation Dose
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0254-5098
Quellenangaben Volume: 40, Issue: 8, Pages: 595-599 Article Number: , Supplement: ,
Publisher Chinese Medical Association
Reviewing status Peer reviewed