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J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2011 Feb 8;12(2):3368.

Dose tolerance limits and dose volume histogram evaluation for stereotactic body radiotherapy.

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Department of Radiation Oncology, Cooper University Hospital, One Cooper Plaza, Camden, NJ 08103, USA.


Almost 20 years ago, Emami et al. presented a comprehensive set of dose tolerance limits for normal tissue organs to therapeutic radiation, which has proven essential to the field of radiation oncology. The paradigm of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) has dramatically different dosing schemes but, to date, there has still been no comprehensive set of SBRT normal organ dose tolerance limits. As an initial step toward that goal, we performed an extensive review of the literature to compare dose limits utilized and reported in existing publications. The impact on dose tolerance limits of some key aspects of the methods and materials of the various authors is discussed. We have organized a table of 500 dose tolerance limits of normal structures for SBRT. We still observed several dose limits that are unknown or not validated. Data for SBRT dose tolerance limits are still preliminary and further clinical trials and validation are required. This manuscript presents an extensive collection of normal organ dose tolerance limits to facilitate both clinical application and further research.

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