Data from the literature on normal-tissue complication probability (rectal bleeding) refer to different rectal contours. When applying dose restrictions to the rectum, contouring becomes a significant factor that determines the risk of rectal toxicity. The results of this study show that different ways of rectal contouring significantly influence doses to the rectum. The influence of organ at risk contouring should be considered thoroughly in conformal radiotherapy of prostate cancer patients, especially in dose escalation studies. It is recommended to calculate the doses for absolute rectal volumes and correlate these data with toxicity in order to be able to achieve comparable results among different institutions.
Virtual simulation of a boost field has the potential to elegantly link the simplicity of a conventional simulation with the accurate tumor bed identification provided by a CT data set. It was shown to be feasible and favorable with regard to the patient, the medical staff, and the simulator time. Moreover, it offers a visualization of dose distributions, which was found helpful in some cases.
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