Comparison of radiographer interobserver image registration variability using cone beam CT and MR for cervix radiotherapy.

John Rodgers, R Hales, L Whiteside, J Parker, L McHugh, A Cree, Marcel vanHerk , A Choudhury, P Hoskin, A McWilliam, CL Eccles

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The aim of this study was to assess the consistency of therapy radiographers performing image registration using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT)-CT, magnetic resonance (MR)-CT, and MR-MR image guidance for cervix cancer radiotherapy and to assess that MR-based image guidance is not inferior to CBCT standard practice.

10 patients receiving cervix radiation therapy underwent daily CBCT guidance and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging weekly during treatment. Offline registration of each MR image, and corresponding CBCT, to planning CT was performed by five radiographers. MR images were also registered to the earliest MR interobserver variation was assessed using modified Bland–Altman analysis with clinically acceptable 95% limits of agreement (LoA) defined as ±5.0 mm.

30 CBCT-CT, 30 MR-CT and 20 MR–MR registrations were performed by each observer. Registration variations between CBCT-CT and MR-CT were minor and both strategies resulted in 95% LoA over the clinical threshold in the anteroposterior direction (CBCT-CT ±5.8 mm, MR-CT ±5.4 mm). MR–MR registrations achieved a significantly improved 95% LoA in the anteroposterior direction (±4.3 mm). All strategies demonstrated similar results in lateral and longitudinal directions.

The magnitude of interobserver variations between CBCT-CT and MR-CT were similar, confirming that MR-CT radiotherapy workflows are comparable to CBCT-CT image-guided radiotherapy. Our results suggest MR–MR radiotherapy workflows may be a superior registration strategy.

This is the first publication quantifying interobserver registration of multimodality image registration strategies for cervix radical radiotherapy patients.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe British journal of radiology
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2020

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