Interfraction patient motion and implant displacement in prostate high dose rate brachytherapy

C. D. Fox, T. Kron, Michael Leahy, G. Duchesne, S. Williams, K. H. Tai, Annette Haworth, Alan Herschtal, Farshad Foroudi

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Purpose: To quantify movement of prostate cancer patients undergoing treatment, using an in-house developed motion sensor in order to determine a relationship between patient movement and high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy implant displacement. Methods: An electronic motion sensor was developed based on a three axis accelerometer. HDR brachytherapy treatment for prostate is delivered at this institution in two fractions 24 h apart and 22 patients were monitored for movement over the interval between fractions. The motion sensors functioned as inclinometers, monitoring inclination of both thighs, and the inclination and roll of the abdomen. The implanted HDR brachytherapy catheter set was assessed for displacement relative to fiducial markers in the prostate. Angle measurements and angle differences over a 2 s time base were binned, and the standard deviations of the resulting frequency distributions used as a metric for patient motion in each monitored axis. These parameters were correlated to measured catheter displacement using regression modeling. Results: The mean implant displacement was 12.6 mm in the caudal direction. A mean of 19.95 h data was recorded for the patient cohort. Patients generally moved through a limited range of angles with a mean of the exception of two patients who spent in excess of 2 h lying on their side. When tested for a relationship between movement in any of the four monitored axes and the implant displacement, none was significant. Conclusions: It is not likely that patient movement influences HDR prostate implant displacement. There may be benefits to patient comfort if nursing protocols were relaxed to allow patients greater freedom to move while the implant is in situ.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5838-5843
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • accelerometer
  • brachytherapy
  • movement
  • prostate

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Fox, C. D., Kron, T., Leahy, M., Duchesne, G., Williams, S., Tai, K. H., Haworth, A., Herschtal, A., & Foroudi, F. (2011). Interfraction patient motion and implant displacement in prostate high dose rate brachytherapy. Medical Physics, 38(11), 5838-5843.