The goal of the present study was to develop a new dose-volume histogram (DVH)- based homogeneity index for effectively evaluating the dose homogeneity of intensity-modulated radiotherapy plans. The new index, called the sigma-index ("S-index") is defined as the standard deviation of the normalized differential DVH curve. In a study of 16 patients with brain tumors at our institution, the S-index was found to vary from 0.80 to 3.15. Our results showed that the S-index provides a more reliable and accurate measure of dose homogeneity than that given by conventional methods. A guideline for evaluating the dose homogeneity of treatment plans based on the S-index and its relation to equivalent uniform dose is discussed.
- Dose-volume histogram
- Equivalent uniform dose
- Homogeneity index
- Intensity-modulated radiotherapy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging