Study of the Relationship Between Dosimetric Indices and Linear Penalties in Dose Distribution Optimization for HDR Prostate Brachytherapy
2013 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Purpose: Most clinical software for optimizing dwelling time patterns is based on a linear penalty model. The quality of a dose distribution generated by the dwelling time pattern is, however, evaluated through a number of dosimetric indices. The purpose of this article is to investigate the relationship between the linear penalty model and the dosimetric indices.
Method and Materials: Data sets from three patients, previously treated for prostate cancer with HDR brachytherapy as a boost to external beam therapy, were used for this study, and for each of them 300 random dwelling time patterns were generated. The relationship between the linear penalty model and the dosimetric indices were studied both by the Pearson’s product moment correlation coefficient between the objective function value of the linear penalty model and the values of the dosimetric indices, and by scatter-grams.
Results: For one of the three patients we found a clear connection between the linear penalty model and the values of the dosimetric indices, but not for the other two. For the two patients without a clear connection there where some dosimetric indices that actually improved with deteriorating objective function value.
Conclusion: The dwelling time pattern found by using the linear penalty model does not correspond to the optimal dose distribution with respect to dosimetric indices.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Optimization, Linear penalty models, Correlation, HDR Brachytherapy
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-100388OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-100388DiVA: diva2:661804