Standardizing Radiation Dose In 4D CT Scans Can Reduce Lung Injury To Cancer Patients

A new method to standardize the reporting of radiation dose volumes in the use of four-dimensional computed tomography (4D-CT) can lead to a more accurate radiation dose to the lungs in lung cancers, thereby lowering the risk of lung injury, according to a study presented at the Plenary I session on October 29, 2007, at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology's 49th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.

"This is the first study to evaluate the degree of differences that 4D CT has on dose volumes and to propose a method to standardize them for more effective radiation treatment," said Kara Bucci, M.D., author of the study and a radiation oncologist at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. "We believe standardized reporting can lead to better interpretation of existing data and more accurate reporting of future studies. This will lead to improved risk assessment in planning individualized patient care."


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