A Multi-atlas Approach for Active Bone Marrow Sparing Radiation Therapy: Implementation in the NRG-GY006 Trial

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  • Purpose: Sparing active bone marrow (ABM) can reduce acute hematologic toxicity in patients undergoing chemoradiotherapy for cervical cancer, but ABM segmentation based on positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) is costly. We sought to develop an atlas-based ABM segmentation method for implementation in a prospective clinical trial. Methods and Materials: A multiatlas was built on a training set of 144 patients and validated in 32 patients from the NRG-GY006 clinical trial. ABM for individual patients was defined as the subvolume of pelvic bone greater than the individual mean standardized uptake value on registered 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose PET/CT images. Atlas-based and custom ABM segmentations were compared using the Dice similarity coefficient and mean distance to agreement and used to generate ABM-sparing intensity modulated radiation therapy plans. Dose-volume metrics and normal tissue complication probabilities of the two approaches were compared using linear regression. Results: Atlas-based ABM volumes (mean [standard deviation], 548.4 [88.3] cm3) were slightly larger than custom ABM volumes (535.1 [93.2] cm3), with a Dice similarity coefficient of 0.73. Total pelvic bone marrow V20 and Dmean were systematically higher and custom ABM V10 was systematically lower with custom-based plans (slope: 1.021 [95% confidence interval (CI), 1.005-1.037], 1.014 [95% CI, 1.006-1.022], and 0.98 [95% CI, 0.97-0.99], respectively). We found no significant differences between atlas-based and custom-based plans in bowel, rectum, bladder, femoral heads, or target dose-volume metrics. Conclusions: Atlas-based ABM segmentation can reduce pelvic bone marrow dose while achieving comparable target and other normal tissue dosimetry. This approach may allow ABM sparing in settings where PET/CT is unavailable.
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  • Yusufaly T; Miller A; Medina-Palomo A; Williamson CW; Nguyen H; Lowenstein J; Leath CA; Xiao Y; Moore KL; Moxley KM
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  • 1240
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  • 1247
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  • 108
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  • 5