Rotational and translational reproducibility of newly developed Leksell frame-based relocatable fixation system

Etsuo Kunieda, Hossain M. Deloar, Masayuki Kitamura, Osamu Kawaguchi, Hideyuki Shiba, Atsuya Takeda, Takatsugu Kawase, Satoshi Seki, Naoyuki Shigematsu, Atsushi Kubo

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Abstract

Purpose. The aim of this study was to evaluate three-dimensional movement of the cranium in a relocatable frame using positions of anatomical landmarks obtained from repeated quality-assurance (QA) computed tomography (CT) studies. Materials and methods. We analyzed 17 series of QA-CT data representing five patients who underwent stereotactic radiotherapy for treatment of acoustic neurinoma. Helical-CT scans with 1-mm collimation were obtained at the time of treatment planning and during the course of treatment. The right and left short processes of the incus and the top of the crista galli were used as the three anatomical reference points. Results. Fluctuations in distance among the reference points were all <1 mm. The translational displacements for these points were <2 mm, with standard deviations (SD) of <2 mm. A plane that included all three reference points was defined as the reference plane. To investigate the direction of cranial rotation for each QA-CT scan, unit normal vectors of the reference plane were obtained. Three-dimensional analyses indicated that cranial rotation was greatest along the X-axis, followed by the Y-axis, with the least rotation along the Z-axis. Conclusion. The result suggested that movement of the craniocaudal axis in the sagittal plane was a major factor behind displacement of the cranium.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-510
Number of pages8
JournalRadiation Medicine - Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
Volume24
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Aug 1

Keywords

  • Anatomical landmarks
  • CT
  • Positional accuracy
  • Relocatable frame
  • Stereotactic radiotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Oncology

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