Aim: This study aims to compare the gating signals of patients with lung cancer recorded during the planning computed tomography scan with the ones recorded during treatment fractions. The results provide insights into how representative the respiratory signals from the planning scan are for radiation dose partitioning.
Materials and methods: The amplitude and frequency of the respiratory signals of 29 patients with lung carcinoma were analysed and compared with the amplitude and frequency of those recorded during their planning scans. Moreover, a cross-correlation analysis was performed between the difference between the planning scan and fractions and features from the planning scan.
Results: Two patients showed significantly different amplitude and frequency during treatment fractions compared to those from the planning scan. These patients showed low variances in frequency and amplitude during the different fractions. The difference between planning scan and fractions is correlated with the variances within the planning scan.
Findings: Respiratory signals can differ between the planning scan and the fractions. In this case, a new planning scan may be beneficial. The respiratory signals from the planning scan may be predictive of whether the planning scan will be representative and usable as a control measure during radiotherapy fractions.
- respiratory gating
- treatment accuracy
- lung carcinoma