RTOG quality assurance guidelines for interstitial hyperthermia

B. Emami, P. Stauffer, M. W. Dewhirst, S. Prionas, T. Ryan, P. Corry, T. Herman, D. S. Kapp, R. J. Myerson, T. Samulski, S. Sapareto, M. Sapozink, P. Shrivastava, F. Waterman

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This document specifies the current recommendations for quality assurance for hyperthermia administration with interstitial techniques as specified by the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG). The document begins by providing a brief description of the physical principles behind the use of the three most commonly used methods of interstitial hyperthermia: radiofrequency (RF-LCF), microwave antennas, and ferromagnetic seeds. Emphasis is placed on features that effect quality assurance. Specific recommendations are provided for: a) Pretreatment planning and equipment performance checks, b) Implant considerations and documentation, c) Thermometry, and d) Safety procedures. Specific details regarding quality assurance issues that are common to all local and regional hyperthermia methods are outlined in previous documents sponsored by the RTOG. It is anticipated that technological advances may lead to future modifications of this document.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1117-1124
Number of pages8
JournalInternational journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • Interstitial hyperthermia
  • Quality assurance
  • Thermometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cancer Research


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