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Research Article

Mammosite Brachytherapy Dosimetry-Effect of Contrast and Air Interface on Skin Dose

Foster A1, Ranatunga IP2 and Wijesinghe RS2*

1Indiana University Health - Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, In 47304, USA

2Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Wijesinghe RS
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306, USA
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Received Date: March 03, 2016; Accepted Date: March 16, 2016; Published Date: April 10, 2016

Citation: Foster A, Ranatunga IP, Wijesinghe RS (2016) Mammosite Brachytherapy Dosimetry-Effect of Contrast and Air Interface on Skin Dose. J Electr Electron Syst 5:180. doi:10.4172/2332-0796.1000180

Copyright: © 2016 Foster A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



High-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy is an effective internal radiation therapy procedure for treating malignant neoplasms. This technique is widely used in breast cancer treatments to destroy residual cancer cells surrounding the lumpectomy cavity following surgery. This is done by inserting a balloon catheter into the cavity that is inflated with saline as well as a medium of radiographic contrast. Then the radioactive isotope is positioned into the center of the balloon using an HDR unit to deliver the prescribed dose to a volume surrounding the balloon. Most of the currently available treatment planning systems (TPS) for brachytherapy, including Nucletron Oncentra, estimate dose using proprietary algorithms which use a pre-calculated dose metric derived from Ir-192 placed in a water phantom. However, they do not take into account variations in attenuation due to inhomogeneities in different tissues. This may lead to several questions: do these TPS estimate absorbed dose correctly within the target tissue? What are the effects on breast-air interface within the target volume? Does a radiographic contrast medium in the balloon alter the dose distribution calculated by TPS? These uncertainties and doses can be quantified by using the data recorded in a tissueequivalent patient phantom which is aided by a PN junction commercial diode detector and an electrometer. During this investigation, we used a cubical water phantom and Mammosite® single lumen balloon system to measure effects on breast-air interface, the diode detector was placed on the phantom wall to simulate the tissue air interface. Measured data were compared with predictions from the Oncentra TPS for the same geometry. These results may help quantify uncertainties in the predicted versus actual skin doses used during the treatments. This in turn could increase the clinicians’ predictive power regarding potential excessive skin dose that could cause toxicity in patients.


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