Delineating the inner bladder surface using uniform contractions from the outer surface under variable bladder filling conditions.

To evaluate the methods to delineate the inner bladder (IB) surface using a uniform contraction from the outer bladder (OB) surface, assuming the bladder wall (BW) is either of constant thickness, constant volume or variable volume.

14 prostate intensity-modulated radiotherapy patients with 2 planning CTs were identified. For both CTs, OB was delineated using model-based segmentation. IB was delineated manually. Then, using uniform contractions from OB, the position of IB was approximated using a: 2. 5-mm contraction, patient-specific contraction, patient-specific constant wall volume method and variable wall volume method. The structures created using those strategies were compared against the manual IB contours using geometric and dosimetric indices.

In the presence of variable bladder filling, use of a generic or patient-specific constant contraction resulted in a significant overestimation of IB volume (+12 and +13 cm(3), respectively; p < 0.001) that was inversely correlated with the difference in urine volume between the scans (R(2) > 0.86). Mean differences across 95% of IB surfaces were ≤2 mm for methods using either constant or variable wall volume. Mean dose-volume histogram (DVH) differences were <1 cm(3) across the whole BW DVH when using the method that assumed a variable wall volume.

The variable volume BW model provided the best approximation of the IB surface position under varying filling conditions, based on geometric and dosimetric indices.

Use of the equation derived in this research provides a quick and accurate method to delineate the hollow BW on serial imaging for the purposes of dose reconstruction.

The British journal of radiology. 2015 Jul 24 [Epub]

Tara Rosewall, Andrew Bayley, Charles Catton, Peter Chung, Geoffrey Currie, Robert Heaton, Janelle Wheat, Michael Milosevic

1 Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada. , 1 Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada. , 1 Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada. , 1 Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada. , 3 Faculty of Science, Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia. , 1 Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada. , 3 Faculty of Science, Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia. , 1 Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada.

PubMed

E-Newsletters

Newsletter subscription

Free Daily and Weekly newsletters offered by content of interest

The fields of GU Oncology and Urology are rapidly advancing. Sign up today for articles, videos, conference highlights and abstracts from peer-review publications by disease and condition delivered to your inbox and read on the go.

Subscribe