An integrated logistic formula for prediction of complications from radiosurgery

Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 1989 Oct;17(4):879-85. doi: 10.1016/0360-3016(89)90082-5.


An integrated logistic model for predicting the probability of complications when small volumes of tissue receive an inhomogeneous radiation dose is described. This model can be used with either an exponential or linear quadratic correction for dose per fraction and time. Both the exponential and linear quadratic versions of this integrated logistic formula provide reasonable estimates of the tolerance of brain to radiosurgical dose distributions where there are small volumes of brain receiving high radiation doses and larger volumes receiving lower doses. This makes it possible to predict the probability of complications from stereotactic radiosurgery, as well as combinations of fractionated large volume irradiation with a radiosurgical boost. Complication probabilities predicted for single fraction radiosurgery with the Leksell Gamma Unit using 4, 8, 14, and 18 mm diameter collimators as well as for whole brain irradiation combined with a radiosurgical boost are presented. The exponential and linear quadratic versions of the integrated logistic formula provide useful methods of calculating the probability of complications from radiosurgical treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain / radiation effects*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mathematics
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Radiation Injuries*
  • Radiotherapy Dosage