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Med Dosim. 2012 Spring;37(1):84-6. doi: 10.1016/j.meddos.2011.01.004. Epub 2011 Sep 19.

Matched-pair analysis and dosimetric variations of two types of software for interstitial permanent brachytherapy for prostate cancer.

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  • 1Department of Radiology, Kitasato University School of Medicine, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan.


The purpose of this study was to determine whether identical dosimetric results could be achieved using different planning software for permanent interstitial brachytherapy for prostate cancer. Data from 492 patients treated with brachytherapy were used for matched-pair analysis. Interplant and Variseed were used as software for ultrasound-based treatment planning. Institution, neoadjuvant hormonal therapy, prostate volume, and source strength were used for factors to match the 2 groups. The study population comprised of 126 patients with treatment planning using Interplant software and 127 matched patients using Variseed software. Dosimetric results were compared between the 2 groups. The Variseed group showed significantly higher values for dose covering 90% of prostate volume (pD90), prostate volume covered by 150% of prescription dose (pV150), and dose covering 30% of the urethra (uD30) compared with the Interplant group. Our results showed that use of different software could lead to different dosimetric results, which might affect the clinical outcomes.

Copyright © 2012 American Association of Medical Dosimetrists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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