Results from the AAPM Task Group 324 respiratory motion management in radiation oncology survey

Helen J. Ball, Lakshmi Santanam, Suresh Senan, James A. Tanyi, Marcel van Herk, Paul J. Keall

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Purpose: To quantify the clinical practice of respiratory motion management in radiation oncology. Methods: A respiratory motion management survey was designed and conducted based on clinician survey guidelines. The survey was administered to American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) members on 17 August 2020 and closed on 13 September 2020. Results: A total of 527 respondents completed the entire survey and 651 respondents completed part of the survey, with the partially completed surveys included in the analysis. Overall, 84% of survey respondents used deep inspiration breath hold for left-sided breast cancer. Overall, 83% of respondents perceived respiratory motion management for thoracic and abdominal cancer radiotherapy patients to be either very important or required. Overall, 95% of respondents used respiratory motion management for thoracic and abdominal sites, with 36% of respondents using respiratory motion management for at least 90% of thoracic and abdominal patients. The majority (60%) of respondents used the internal target volume method to treat thoracic and abdominal cancer patients, with 25% using breath hold or abdominal compression and 13% using gating or tracking. Conclusions: A respiratory motion management survey has been completed by AAPM members. Respiratory motion management is generally considered very important or required and is widely used for breast, thoracic, and abdominal cancer treatments.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere13810
JournalJournal of applied clinical medical physics / American College of Medical Physics
Issue number11
Early online date2022
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022


  • clinical survey
  • patterns of practice
  • respiratory motion management

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