Investigation the impact of maximum control point on dose calculation in Eclipse treatment planning system for lung SBRT

Sakda Kingkaew, Sawwanee Asavaphatiboon, Lukkana Apipunyasopon


Purpose: Choosing an appropriate parameter on the computerized treatment planning systems (TPSs) influences on the accuracy of dose calculation. Several dosimetric parameters have been studied to achieve a more accurate dose and qualitative plan. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of maximum control point on the dose calculation on Eclipse TPSs for lung Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) considering the plan quality, the computation time and the treatment file size.

Methods: Dose distributions for the 8 lung SBRT plans with varying maximum control point of 64, 166, and 320 were calculated by Eclipse TPSs with flattening filter free (FFF) beam. The treatment dose was prescribed at 85% isodose level of 54 Gy to the planning target volume (PTV). The dosimetric impact can be evaluated from target coverage, conformity index (CI), homogeneity index (HI), and organ at risk (OAR) doses, while the computation time and the file storage space were compared with the recommended number of control point.

Results: The use of 64 control points per subfields tended to increase the dose at PTV and OARs comparing with the 166 and 320 control point plans, while the HI and CI values were similar. The average increases of OARs doses including the spinal cord, heart, esophagus and total lung depended on the photon beam energy. The higher average control point (AVG) number leaded to increase the computation time and the file size for both 6X-FFF and 10X-FFF photon beams. The correlations between AVG and plan storaage space were observed in the same ratio as the computation time.

Conclusion: Using the minimal number of control point, the quantitative analysis in the PTV and OARs showed no clinically significant variation in dose, therefore choosing an optimal number of fixed control points leaded to balance the plan quality, the computation time and the file size.


Control point, Stereotactic body radiation therapy, Dynamic multileaf collimator, Intensity modulated radiation therapy.

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