Image-guided Adaptive Brachytherapy for Cervix Carcinoma

Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol). 2008 Aug;20(6):426-32. doi: 10.1016/j.clon.2008.04.011. Epub 2008 Jun 3.

Abstract

Sectional imaging has played an important role in the management of cervical cancer, in particular for staging, and is now considered for image-guided treatment planning, in particular for brachytherapy. Image-based three-dimensional brachytherapy is a relatively new approach that is increasingly replacing the traditional two-dimensional X-ray-based method. This overview focuses on the potential and some practicalities of this approach. The pros and cons of computed tomography- and magnetic resonance imaging-based brachytherapy are considered and an overview of the current state of research is given. The first encouraging clinical results are presented and future perspectives are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brachytherapy / instrumentation*
  • Brachytherapy / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / physiopathology
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / radiotherapy*