This study aimed to assess the incidental radiation exposure of the hippocampus (HC) in locoregionally-advanced oropharyngeal cancer patients undergoing volumetric modulated arc therapy and the feasibility of HC-sparing plan optimization. The initial plans were generated without dose-volume constraints to the HC and were compared with the HC-sparing plans. The incidental Dmean_median doses to the bilateral, ipsilateral and contralateral HC were 2.9, 3.1, and 2.5 Gy in the initial plans and 1.4, 1.6, and 1.3 Gy with HC-sparing. It was feasible to reduce the HC dose with HC-sparing plan optimization without compromising target coverage and/or dose constraints to other OARs.
- Plan optimization
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging