Background and purpose Irradiation of the Pharyngeal Superior Constrictor Muscle (PSCM) seems to play a crucial role in radiation-related swallowing dysfunctions. Purpose of our study was to quantify operator-related variability in the contouring of PSCM on Computed Tomography (CT) scans and adherence with contours derived from MR images. Materials and methods Three sets of treatment planning CT and their corresponding MR images were selected. Contouring of the PSCM was performed using both a literature-based method, derived from literature review, and an optimized method, derived from Magnetic Resonance (MR) images thus obtaining "literature-based" and "optimized" contours. Each operator contoured the PSCM on CT scans according to both methods for three times in three different days. Inter- and intra-operator variability and adherence to a contour obtained from MR images (named "MR-derived" contour) were analyzed. Results Thirty-four operators participated and 612 contours were obtained. Both intra- and inter-operator variability and adherence to the "MR-derived" contour were significantly different between the two methods (p ≤ 0.05). The "optimized" method showed a lower intra- and inter-operator variability and a higher adherence to the "MR-derived" contour. Conclusions The "optimized" method ameliorates both operator-related variability and adherence with MR images.
Contouring of the Pharyngeal Superior Constrictor Muscle (PSCM) : A cooperative study of the Italian Association of Radiation Oncology (AIRO) Head and Neck Group / D. Alterio, D. Ciardo, L. Preda, A. Argenone, O. Caspiani, R. Micera, M.G. Ruo Redda, E.G. Russi, E. Bianchi, E. Orlandi, A. Bacigalupo, M. Busetto, D. Cante, L. Deantonio, V. De Sanctis, P. Franco, L. Lastrucci, L. Marucci, A. Merlotti, M. Molteni, F. Pajar, M. Rampino, L. Santoro, A. Ferrari, F. Bazzani, M. Caputo, A. Laudati, V. Borzillo, S. Falivene, N. Simoni, F. Vigo, E. Iannacone, A. Reali, A. Bonanni, M. Leone, L. Giannello, R.V. Taglianti, R. Orecchia. - In: RADIOTHERAPY AND ONCOLOGY. - ISSN 0167-8140. - 112:3(2014 Sep 01), pp. 337-342.
|Titolo:||Contouring of the Pharyngeal Superior Constrictor Muscle (PSCM) : A cooperative study of the Italian Association of Radiation Oncology (AIRO) Head and Neck Group|
ORECCHIA, ROBERTO (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||pharyngeal constrictor muscles; dysphagia; toxicity; head and neck cancer; IMRT; variation; pharyngeal muscles; practice guidelines as topic; prospective studies; radiation oncology; reproducibility of results; societies, medical; tomography, x-ray computed; oncology; radiology, nuclear medicine and imaging; hematology; medicine (all)|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/36 - Diagnostica per Immagini e Radioterapia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1-set-2014|
|Data ahead of print / Data di stampa:||5-lug-2014|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.radonc.2014.05.016|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|