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Med Dosim. 2014 Spring;39(1):1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.meddos.2013.08.005. Epub 2013 Dec 12.

Experience with the CyberKnife for intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery: analysis of dosimetry indices.

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Department of Medical Physics, Madrid Institute Oncology Group, Madrid, Spain. Electronic address:
Department of Medical Physics, Madrid Institute Oncology Group, Madrid, Spain.


We evaluated coverage, dose homogeneity, dose conformity, and dose gradient in CyberKnife VSI treatment plans. Several dosimetric indices were calculated, and the results were compared with those of previous publications. The effect of target volume on the radiosurgical treatment indices selected was also investigated. The study population comprised the first 40 patients treated at our department from March 2011 to September 2012. Dosimetric indices were calculated and compared with published results for other frame-based and frameless intracranial stereotactic radiotherapy techniques. A comparison of the indices confirmed the ability of the CyberKnife VSI system to provide very high-quality dosing plans. The results were independent of target volume for coverage, homogeneity, and dose conformity. However, a dependence on target volume was observed for the dose-gradient indices analyzed. Based on the indices proposed, CyberKnife provides very good treatment plans and compares favorably with other techniques in most cases. However, greater consensus on the radiosurgery indices calculated would be desirable to facilitate comparison of the various techniques or the same techniques when applied by different users.


CyberKnife; Dosimetric indices; Frameless; Treatment planning

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