Image guidance with cone beam computed tomography in radiotherapy can guarantee the precision and accuracy of patient positioning prior to treatment delivery. During the image guidance process, operators need to take great effort to evaluate the image guidance quality before correcting a patient’s position. This work proposes an image registration assessment method based on control chart monitoring to reduce the effort taken by the operator. According to the control chart plotted by daily registration scores of each patient, the proposed method can quickly detect both alignment errors and image quality inconsistency. Therefore, the proposed method can provide a clear guideline for the operators to identify unacceptable image quality and unacceptable image registration with minimal effort. Experimental results demonstrate that by using control charts from a clinical database of 10 patients undergoing prostate radiotherapy, the proposed method can quickly identify out-of-control signals and find special cause of out-of-control registration events.
Stephen L. Breen,
"Image registration assessment in radiotherapy image guidance based on control chart monitoring," Journal of Medical Imaging 5(2), 021221 (14 March 2018). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JMI.5.2.021221
. Submission: Received: 28 August 2017; Accepted: 1 February 2018
Received: 28 August 2017; Accepted: 1 February 2018; Published: 14 March 2018