Investigation of sliced body volume (SBV) as respiratory surrogate

Jing Cai, Zheng Chang, O'Daniel Jennifer, Sua Yoo, Ge Hong, Christopher Kelsey, Fang Fang Yin

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the sliced body volume (SBV) as a respiratory surrogate by comparing with the real-time position management (RPM) in phantom and patient cases. Using the SBV surrogate, breathing signals were extracted from unsorted 4D CT images of a motion phantom and 31 cancer patients (17 lung cancers, 14 abdominal cancers) and were compared to those clinically acquired using the RPM system. Correlation coefficient (R), phase difference (D), and absolute phase difference (DA) between the SBV-derived breathing signal and the RPM signal were calculated. 4D CT reconstructedbased on the SBV surrogate (4D CTSBV) were compared to those clinically generated based on RPM (4D CTRPM). Image quality of the 4D CT were scored (SSBV and SRPM, respectively) from 1 to 5 (1 is the best) by experienced evaluators. The comparisons were performed for all patients, and for the lung cancer patients and the abdominal cancer patients separately. RPM boxposition (P), breathing period (T), amplitude (A), period variability (VT), amplitude variability (VA), and space-dependent phase shift (F) were determined and correlated to SSBV. The phantom study showed excellent match between the SBV-derivedbreathing signal and the RPM signal (R = 0.99, D= -3.0%, DA= 4.5%). In the patient study, the mean (± standard deviation (SD)) R, D, DA, T, VT, A, VA, and F were 0.92 (± 0.05), -3.3% (± 7.5%), 11.4% (± 4.6%), 3.6 (± 0.8) s, 0.19 (±0.10), 6.6 (± 2.8) mm, 0.20 (± 0.08), and 0.40 (± 0.18) s, respectively. Significant differences in R and DA(p = 0.04 and 0.001, respectively) were found between the lung cancer patients and the abdominal cancer patients. 4D CTRPM slightly outperformed 4DCTSBV: the mean (±SD) SRPMand SSBVwere 2.6 (± 0.6) and 2.9 (± 0.8), respectively, for all patients, 2.5 (± 0.6) and 3.1(± 0.8), respectively, for the lung cancer patients, and 2.6 (±0.7) and 2.8 (± 0.9), respectively, for the abdominal cancerpatients. The difference between SRPMand SSBVwas insignificant for the abdominal patients (p = 0.59). F correlated moderately with SSBV (r = 0.72). The correlation between SBV-derived breathing signal and RPM signal varied between patients and was significantly better in the abdomen than in the thorax. Space-dependent phase shift is a limiting factor of the accuracy of the SBV surrogate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-80
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • 4D CT
  • Body volume
  • Motion management
  • Respiratory surrogate
  • Tumor motion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Instrumentation
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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