Weight consideration in the use of cerrobend beam blocks Article

cited authors

  • Rieger, J; Mehta, M; Paliwal, B; Kubsad, S

fiu authors

abstract

  • The technique of using customized field blocking to protect sensitive normal tissue during megavoltage radiation treatment is common practice in modern radiation therapy. The introduction of CT-based treatment planning has revolutionized customized field shaping. We carried out a prospective evaluation of 54 cerrobend blocks during a one-month time period. The goals of this study were to analyze the specific block patterns and correlate these with field size, block weight, and field setup. Factors contributing to excessively large and heavy cerrobend blocks defined as ≥ 20 lbs. were identified. Twenty-two percent of blocks were found to be excessively large and one-third of these were a consequence of planning decisions. A review of these situations suggests that alternative methods would have avoided the excessive weight. Concerns have been raised regarding the safety of large and heavy cerrobend blocks. These blocks were therefore analyzed in terms of tray sag and tray break-point. Our data suggest that within this clinical range of block weight, neither tray sag nor tray break-point are of significant concern. © 1992.

publication date

  • January 1, 1992

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 141

end page

  • 143

volume

  • 17

issue

  • 3