Background: Recording target motion during treatment is important for verifying the irradiated region. Recently, cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) reconstruction from portal images acquired during volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), known as VMAT-CBCT, has been investigated. In this study, we developed a four-dimensional (4D) version of the VMAT-CBCT. Materials and methods: The MV portal images were sequentially acquired from an electronic portal imaging device. The flex, background, monitor unit, field size, and multi-leaf collimator masking corrections were considered during image reconstruction. A 4D VMAT-CBCT requires a respiratory signal during image acquisition. An image-based phase recognition (IBPR) method was performed using normalised cross correlation to extract a respiratory signal from the series of portal images. Results: Our original IBPR method enabled us to reconstruct 4D VMAT-CBCT with no external devices. We confirmed that 4D VMAT-CBCT was feasible for two patients and in good agreement with in-treatment 4D kV-CBCT. Conclusion: The visibility of the anatomy in 4D VMAT-CBCT reconstruction for lung cancer patients has the potential of using 4D VMAT-CBCT as a tool for verifying relative positions of tumour for each respiratory phase.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Radiotherapy and Oncology|
|Publication status||Published - 2011 Sept|
- Portal imaging
- Respiratory motion
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging