SU‐GG‐T‐367: Fast Hyperthermia Temperature Optimization for Pelvic Carcinoma Patient Treated in Sigma‐Eye Applicator


Conference Paper

Purpose: Though hyperthermia shows promising features being used with radiation and chemotherapy, it requires accurate spatial power focusing, which leads a workload proportional to square of number of antennas in an applicator. This motivates this investigation of model reduction method for pelvic‐carcinoma patient treated in Sigma‐Eye applicator. Method and Materials: A patient placed in the middle ring of this 100 MHz 3‐ring 12‐antenna applicator was used to validate our approach. A ‘similar’ patient with different thermal property values, perfusion values and was placed between the middle and low ring was used to determined virtual source (VS) basis vectors. A VS vector is a weighted combination of magnitudes and phases of 12 antennas and was determined to maximize averaged tumor temperature. Physical variables were projected to a reduced VS subspace spanned by a few VS vectors. Temperature response functions of tumor and normal tissues were determined in this reduced subspace and then used in temperature optimization iteration process. Results: By comparing the optimized temperature elevation distributions, we found it is indeed feasible to use a few chosen (best) VS basis vectors to optimally treat a pelvic carcinoma patient in Sigma‐Eye applicator; even when we determined those virtual source basis vectors from an existing “similar” patient. Conclusion: This success suggests a faster and easier pre‐treatment temperature optimization approach that relives workloads of physicians. © 2008, American Association of Physicists in Medicine. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cheng, K; Stakhursky, V; Craciunescu, O; Stauffer, P; Dewhirst, M; Das, S

Published Date

  • January 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 35 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 2809 - 2810

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0094-2405

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1118/1.2962119

Citation Source

  • Scopus