RTOG quality assurance guidelines for interstitial hyperthermia.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Emami, B; Stauffer, P; Dewhirst, MW; Prionas, S; Ryan, T; Corry, P; Herman, T; Kapp, DS; Myerson, RJ; Samulski, T

Published Date

  • May 1991

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1117 - 1124

PubMed ID

  • 2022514

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0360-3016

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0360-3016(91)90213-n


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States