Purpose: Dose–volume histogram (DVH) measurements have been integrated into commercially available quality assurance systems to provide a metric for evaluating accuracy of delivery in addition to gamma analysis. We hypothesize that tumor control probability and normal tissue complication probability calculations can provide additional insight beyond conventional dose delivery verification methods. Methods: A commercial quality assurance system was used to generate DVHs of treatment plan using the planning CT images and patient-specific QA measurements on a phantom. Biological modeling was performed on the DVHs produced by both the treatment planning system and the quality assurance system. Results: The complication-free tumor control probability, P+, has been calculated for previously treated intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) patients with diseases in the following sites: brain (−3.9% ± 5.8%), head-neck (+4.8% ± 8.5%), lung (+7.8% ± 1.3%), pelvis (+7.1% ± 12.1%), and prostate (+0.5% ± 3.6%). Conclusion: Dose measurements on a phantom can be used for pretreatment estimation of tumor control and normal tissue complication probabilities. Results in this study show how biological modeling can be used to provide additional insight about accuracy of delivery during pretreatment verification.
- IMRT QA
- radiobiological QA
- radiobiological verification
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging