Selective identification of different brachytherapy sources, ferromagnetic seeds, and fiducials in the prostate using an automated seed sorting algorithm

Brian J. Davis, Debra H. Brinkmann, Jon J. Kruse, Michael G. Herman, Wayne N. LaJoie, David J. Schwartz, Thomas M. Pisansky, Robert W. Kline

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Routine permanent prostate brachytherapy (PPB) includes CT-based postimplant dosimetry (PID). A method of identifying different source types from CT data in the same implant volume is described.A previously described automatic method for seed localization using CT data is used in this study. Two cases were analyzed: a PPB case with 103Pd followed by salvage 125I implantation, both performed at another institution, and a cadaver case where 4 different seed types, including ferromagnetic seeds, and fiducials were implanted.Automatic segregation of different seed types with minimal manual correction is demonstrated using the described localization algorithm. The process is confirmed accurate by comparison of plain film radiographs to CT data and digitally reconstructed radiographs.Unique identification of different source types, including PPB seeds, fiducial markers, and ferromagnetic seeds in permanent implants is possible and permits dosimetric analyses that are spatially coincident.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-112
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004



  • Brachytherapy
  • Ferromagnetic seeds
  • Fiducial marker
  • Hyperthermia
  • I source
  • Pd source
  • Prostate cancer
  • Radiation therapy
  • Seed localization
  • Thermal ablation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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