Electron Paramagnetic Resonance pO2 Image Tumor Oxygen-Guided Radiation Therapy Optimization

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 977)


Modern standards for radiation treatment do not take into account tumor oxygenation for radiation treatment planning. Strong correlation between tumor oxygenation and radiation treatment success suggests that oxygen-guided radiation therapy (OGRT) may be a promising enhancement of cancer radiation treatment. We have developed an OGRT protocol for rodents. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) imaging is used for recording oxygen maps with high spatial resolution and excellent accuracy better than 1 torr. Radiation is delivered with an animal intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) XRAD225Cx micro-CT/ therapy system. The radiation plan is delivered in two steps. First, a uniform 15% tumor control dose (TCD15) is delivered to the whole tumor. In the second step, an additional booster dose amounting to the difference between TCD98 and TCD15 is delivered to radio-resistant, hypoxic tumor regions. Delivery of the booster dose is performed using a multiport conformal beam protocol. For radiation beam shaping we used individual radiation blocks 3D-printed from tungsten infused ABS polymer. Calculation of beam geometry and the production of blocks is performed next to the EPR imager, immediately after oxygen imaging. Preliminary results demonstrate the sub-millimeter precision of the radiation delivery and high dose accuracy. The efficacy of the radiation treatment is currently being tested on syngeneic FSa fibrosarcoma tumors grown in the legs of C3H mice.


Electron paramagnetic resonance Oxygen imaging Radiation delivery Cancer treatment Image guided radiotherapy 



This study was supported by NIH grants P41 EB002034 and R01 CA98575.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for EPR Imaging In Vivo Physiology; Department of Radiation and Cellular OncologyUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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