Technical Note: On EM reconstruction of a multi channel shielded applicator for cervical cancer brachytherapy: A feasibility study.
Electromagnetic tracking (EMT) is a promising technology for automated catheter and applicator reconstruc- 10 tions in brachytherapy. In this work, a proof-of-concept is presented for reconstruction of the individual channels of a shielded tandem applicator dedicated to intensity modulated brachytherapy. All six channels of a straight prototype was reconstructed and the distance between two opposite channels was measured. A study was also conducted on the influence of the shield on the data fluctuation of the EMT system. The differences with the CAD specified dimensions are under 2 mm. The pair of channels which has one of it more distant from the generator have 15 higher inter-channel distance with higher variability. In the first 110 cm reconstruction, all inter-channel distances are within the geometrical tolerances. According to a paired Student t-test, the data given by the EM system with and without the shield applicator tip are not significantly different. This study shows that the reconstruction of channel path within the mechanical accuracy of the applicator is possible.