This study aimed to evaluate (1) the performance of Auto-Planning module embedded in Pinnnacle treatment planning system (TPS) with 30 left-side breast cancer plans; (2) the dose-distance relations based on overlap volume histogram (OVH) curve.
30 patients with left-side breast cancer after breast-serving surgery were enrolled in this study. The clinical manual plan (MP) and the automatic plan (AP) were generated by Monaco and Auto-planning module respectively. The geometric relations between organ at risk (OAR) and planning target volume (PTV) of each patient were described by the overlap volume histogram (OVH). The patients were ranked according to the extension distance from PTV at a specific volume on the OVH curve. The MP and AP plans then were ranked to compare with the ranking of the OVH curves. Dosimetric difference between MP and AP plans were evaluated with statistical analysis.
The comparative result shows a higher degree of correlation between AP and OVH curve. For different indicators, the dose distribution of , , in ipsilateral lung is more consistent with the distance-dose relation compared to the dose distribution of in heart. Dosimetric comparison shows a statistically significant improvement in ipsilateral lung and , and in heart of AP plans compared to MP plans. However, the result of ipsilateral lung of MP plans are better than that of AP plans.
The overall results of AP plans are superior to MP plans. The dose distribution in AP plans are more consistent with the distance-dose relationship, which was described by OVH. After eliminating the interference of human factors, the AP is able to provide more stable and objective plans for radiotherapy patients.