Radiation Physics

Section edited by Christoph Bert and Katia Parodi

The Radiation Physics section aims at providing a platform for medical physics research and applications in radiation oncology. This includes innovative developments in the application of physical sciences to radiation oncology, spanning the broad range of advanced beam delivery and imaging, dosimetry, computation, modeling and data processing. Contributions proposing innovative methodological approaches or presenting original assessment on the clinical relevance of new technologies are welcome. Space is also given to review contributions on timely topics, as well as invited key reviews from renowned experts. Hence, the Radiation Physics section addresses contemporary cutting-edge research and methodological advancements for improved clinical practice, as well as reviews of relevant medical physics issues in radiation oncology, offering a fast review process and broad outreach.

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  1. Research

    Using field size factors to characterize the in-air fluence of a proton machine with a range shifter

    The range shifter (RS) is used to treat shallow tumors for a proton pencil beam scanning system (PBS). Adding RS certainly complicates the commissioning of the treatment planning system (TPS) because the spot ...

    Jiajian Shen, Jarrod M. Lentz, Yanle Hu, Wei Liu, Danairis Hernandez Morales, Joshua B. Stoker and Martin Bues

    Radiation Oncology 2017 12:52

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  2. Research

    Elective breast radiotherapy including level I and II lymph nodes: A planning study with the humeral head as planning risk volume

    The aim of this study was to assess the dose to the humeral head planning risk volume with the currently used high tangential fields (HTF) and compare different planning techniques for breast radiotherapy incl...

    Kathrin Surmann, Jorien van der Leer, Tammy Branje, Maurice van der Sangen, Maarten van Lieshout and Coen W. Hurkmans

    Radiation Oncology 2017 12:22

    Published on: 18 January 2017

  3. Research

    Treatment planning comparison of IMPT, VMAT and 4π radiotherapy for prostate cases

    Intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT), non-coplanar 4π intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) represent the most advanced treatment methods based on heavy...

    Angelia Tran, Jingjing Zhang, Kaley Woods, Victoria Yu, Dan Nguyen, Gary Gustafson, Lane Rosen and Ke Sheng

    Radiation Oncology 2017 12:10

    Published on: 11 January 2017

  4. Research

    Stereoscopic X-ray imaging, cone beam CT, and couch positioning in stereotactic radiotherapy of intracranial tumors: preliminary results from a cross-modality pilot installation

    To assess the accuracy and precision of a fully integrated pilot installation of stereoscopic X-ray imaging and kV-CBCT for automatic couch positioning in stereotactic radiotherapy of intracranial tumors. Posi...

    Barbara Zollner, Christian Heinz, Sabrina Pitzler, Farkhad Manapov, Steffi Kantz, Maya Christine Rottler, Maximilian Niyazi, Ute Ganswindt, Claus Belka and Hendrik Ballhausen

    Radiation Oncology 2016 11:158

    Published on: 7 December 2016

  5. Research

    Class solutions for SABR-VMAT for high-risk prostate cancer with and without elective nodal irradiation

    The purpose of this study is to find the optimal planning settings for prostate SABR-VMAT for high-risk prostate cancer patients irradiated to prostate only (PO) or prostate and pelvic lymph nodes (PPLN).

    Sarah O. S. Osman, Prakash Jeevanandam, Nithya Kanakavelu, Denise M. Irvine, Ciara A. Lyons, Suneil Jain, Alan R. Hounsell and Conor K. McGarry

    Radiation Oncology 2016 11:155

    Published on: 24 November 2016

  6. Research

    Initial results for patient setup verification using transperineal ultrasound and cone beam CT in external beam radiation therapy of prostate cancer

    Evaluation of set up error detection by a transperineal ultrasound in comparison with a cone beam CT (CBCT) based system in external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) of prostate cancer.

    Anne Richter, Bülent Polat, Ingulf Lawrenz, Stefan Weick, Otto Sauer, Michael Flentje and Frederick Mantel

    Radiation Oncology 2016 11:147

    Published on: 8 November 2016

  7. Research

    Prostate external beam radiotherapy combined with high-dose-rate brachytherapy: dose-volume parameters from deformably-registered plans correlate with late gastrointestinal complications

    Derivation of dose-volume correlated with toxicity for multi-modal treatments can be difficult due to the perceived need for voxel-by-voxel dose accumulation. With data available for a single-institution cohor...

    Calyn R. Moulton, Michael J. House, Victoria Lye, Colin I. Tang, Michele Krawiec, David J. Joseph, James W. Denham and Martin A. Ebert

    Radiation Oncology 2016 11:144

    Published on: 31 October 2016

  8. Research

    Registration uncertainties between 3D cone beam computed tomography and different reference CT datasets in lung stereotactic body radiation therapy

    The aim of this study was to analyze differences in couch shifts (setup errors) resulting from image registration of different CT datasets with free breathing cone beam CTs (FB-CBCT). As well automatic as manu...

    Markus Oechsner, Barbara Chizzali, Michal Devecka, Stephanie Elisabeth Combs, Jan Jakob Wilkens and Marciana Nona Duma

    Radiation Oncology 2016 11:142

    Published on: 26 October 2016

  9. Research

    Treatment planning and evaluation of gated radiotherapy in left-sided breast cancer patients using the CatalystTM/SentinelTM system for deep inspiration breath-hold (DIBH)

    There is a potential for adverse cardiovascular effects in long-term breast cancer survivors following adjuvant radiotherapy (RT). For this purpose, the deep inspiration breath-hold technique (DIBH) has been i...

    S. Schönecker, F. Walter, P. Freislederer, C. Marisch, H. Scheithauer, N. Harbeck, S. Corradini and C. Belka

    Radiation Oncology 2016 11:143

    Published on: 26 October 2016

  10. Research

    A treatment planning study of proton arc therapy for para-aortic lymph node tumors: dosimetric evaluation of conventional proton therapy, proton arc therapy, and intensity modulated radiotherapy

    The purpose of this study is to evaluate the dosimetric benefits of a proton arc technique for treating tumors of the para-aortic lymph nodes (PALN).

    Jeong-Eun Rah, Gwe-Ya Kim, Do Hoon Oh, Tae Hyun Kim, Jong Won Kim, Dae Yong Kim, Sung Yong Park and Dongho Shin

    Radiation Oncology 2016 11:140

    Published on: 21 October 2016

  11. Research

    Worst case optimization for interfractional motion mitigation in carbon ion therapy of pancreatic cancer

    The efficacy of radiation therapy treatments for pancreatic cancer is compromised by abdominal motion which limits the spatial accuracy for dose delivery - especially for particles. In this work we investigate...

    Julian Steitz, Patrick Naumann, Silke Ulrich, Matthias F. Haefner, Florian Sterzing, Uwe Oelfke and Mark Bangert

    Radiation Oncology 2016 11:134

    Published on: 7 October 2016

  12. Research

    Precise film dosimetry for stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiotherapy quality assurance using Gafchromic™ EBT3 films

    The purpose of this study is to evaluate the dosimetric uncertainty associated with Gafchromic™ (EBT3) films and establish a practical and efficient film dosimetry protocol for Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) ...

    Ning Wen, Siming Lu, Jinkoo Kim, Yujiao Qin, Yimei Huang, Bo Zhao, Chang Liu and Indrin J. Chetty

    Radiation Oncology 2016 11:132

    Published on: 4 October 2016

  13. Research

    A treatment planning study comparing tomotherapy, volumetric modulated arc therapy, Sliding Window and proton therapy for low-risk prostate carcinoma

    Comparing radiation treatment plans to ascertain the optimal intensity-modulated radiation technique for low-risk prostate cancer.

    Sergiu Scobioala, Christopher Kittel, Nicolas Wissmann, Uwe Haverkamp, Mohammed Channaoui, Omar Habibeh, Khaled Elsayad and Hans Theodor Eich

    Radiation Oncology 2016 11:128

    Published on: 27 September 2016

  14. Research

    To gate or not to gate - dosimetric evaluation comparing Gated vs. ITV-based methodologies in stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) treatment of lung cancer

    To compare retrospectively generated gated plans to conventional internal target volume (ITV)-based plans and to evaluate whether gated radiotherapy provides clinically relevant dosimetric improvements to orga...

    Joshua Kim, Qixue Wu, Bo Zhao, Ning Wen, Munther Ajlouni, Benjamin Movsas and Indrin J. Chetty

    Radiation Oncology 2016 11:125

    Published on: 22 September 2016

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