Should inhomogeneity corrections be applied during treatment planning of tangential breast irradiation?

B. J. Mijnheer, S. Heukelom, J. H. Lanson, L. J. van Battum, N. A.M. van Bree, G. van Tienhoven

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Due to the inclusion of lung tissue in the treatment volume, some parts of the breast will get a higher dose during tangential breast irradiation because of the lower lung density. Data on the accuracy of dose calculation algorithms, investigated by phantom measurements, determinations of the geometry and density of the actual lung in the patient and the results of in vivo dose measurements, are presented. From this information it can be concluded that a lung correction varying between about 3% and 7% is needed but its magnitude is slightly overpredicted in a number of commercial treatment planning systems. Because this increase in dose is already in a high dose region, it is recommended that inhomogeneity corrections should be applied during tangential breast irradiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-244
Number of pages6
JournalRadiotherapy and oncology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1991


  • Breast cancer irradiation
  • In vivo dosimetry
  • Inhomogeneity corrections
  • Three-dimensional dose distribution
  • Treatment planning

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