Differential dose delivery using a nondocking applicator for intraoperative radiation therapy

M. Saiful Huq, Yan Yu, M. Mohiuddin, N. R. Ahmad, N. Suntharalingam

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Purpose: Although treatment of a field within a field to deliver a boost dose is quite common with external photon beam radiation therapy, the same is not always true with electron beam radiation or in intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT). The purpose of this work is to report the results and details of a new technique developed to treat a field within a field in intraoperative radiation therapy. Methods and Materials: This technique makes use of the nondocking IORT system currently used at our institution. Treatment is given in two segments: the large field is first treated by using standard circular lucite cones; the second dose segment is delivered using a new circular brass cone designed to fit concentrically within the large lucite cone. Results: Central axis depth dose, surface dose, output factors, and two-dimensional beam profiles have been measured for a 7 cm inner diameter (i.d.) flat lucite cone and 3.8 and 5 cm i.d. flat brass cones for electron beam energies ranging from 4-22 MeV. For different clinical target volumes, summed dose distributions differentially weighted in both energy and dose are presented. Conclusions: A simple technique for delivering differential dose in intraoperative radiation therapy is presented. The technique provides a method for escalating dose to higher values for a defined target volume.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-433
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 15 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Boost dose
  • External beam radiotherapy
  • Intraoperative radiotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cancer Research


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