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Short Communication

Intraprostatic fiducial markers: a potential application for ultrasound-guided radiotherapy in prostate cancer

12 May 2009
A Vavassori, BA Jereczek-Fossa, D Zerini, L De Cicco, R Cambria, F Cattani, C Garibaldi, M Ciocca, R Orecchia

We report on a two-phase test performed to assess the ability of the ultrasound-based B-mode acquisition and targeting (BAT) trans-abdominal system to identify non-dedicated fiducial markers implanted into the prostate gland for subsequent image-guided radiotherapy.

Although further investigation is warranted in order to identify the optimal echogenic marker and to define its potential use for image-guided radiotherapy in prostate cancer patients, we demonstrate the feasibility of the BAT system for the visualisation of non-ultrasound-dedicated markers.

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