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Progress in Medical Physics 2017; 28(1): 11-15
Published online March 31, 2017
https://doi.org/10.14316/pmp.2017.28.1.11
Copyright © Korean Society of Medical Physics.
Yoonsun Chung^{*}, Sang Hee Ahn^{†}, Changhoon Choi^{*}, Sohee Park^{*}
Correspondence to:
This is an Open-Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by- nc/4.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of particle beam needs to be evaluated at particle beam therapy centers before the clinical application of the particle beam. However, since RBE analysis is implemented manually, it is useful to have a tool that can easily and effectively handle the data of experiments to generate cell survival curve and to analyze RBE simultaneously. In this work, the development of a program for RBE analysis of particle beam therapy was presented. This RBE analysis program was developed to include two parts; fitting the cell survival curves to linear-quadratic model and calculating the RBE values at a certain endpoint using fitting results. This program was also developed to simultaneously compare and analyze the template results that stored experiment data with photon and particle beam irradiations. The results of the cell survival curve obtained by each irradiation can be analyzed by the user on a desired data after reading the template stored in the easy-to-use excel file. The analysis results include the cell survival curves with error range, which are appeared in the screen and the α and β parameters of linear-quadratic model with 95% confidence intervals, RBE values, and R^{2} values to evaluate goodness-of-fit of survival curves to model, which are stored in a text cvs file. This software can generate cell survival curve, fit to model, and calculate RBE all at once with raw experiment data, so it helps users to save time for data handling and to reduce the possibility of making error on analysis. As a coming plan, we will create a user-friendly graphical user interface to present the results more intuitively.
KeywordsRelative biological effectiveness, Particle beam therapy, Software tool
Most of the radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays, but the use and introduction of particle beam radiation therapy using proton or carbon ion has been rapidly increasing in recent years. In the case of particle beam therapy, it is possible to concentrate the radiation dose to the tumor to be treated with greater biological effects compared to X-ray. Thus, this physical and biological superiority of particle beam can maximize the therapeutic effect without causing severe side effects.^{1,2)}
To compare biological effectiveness of different radiation types, the concept of the relative biological effectiveness (RBE) is introduced. The RBE is the ratio of the dose of test beam required to obtain the same level of biological effect compared to the reference radiation, X-ray. 250 kVp X-rays is the common reference radiation to determine RBE value; however, in clinical situation, ^{60}Co or megavoltage X-ray can be used for RBE of particle beam.^{3–5)} The concept of RBE is simple, but it is complicated in clinical application, because the RBE depends on the particle type, linear energy transfer (LET), dose, fraction size, type of cell, method of measurement, and endpoint.^{6–8)} Generic RBE of 1.1 has been implemented for proton treatment planning,^{5,6)} and RBE prediction models have been applied to for heavy ion treatment planning since the RBE changes rapidly with LET of heavy ion compared to proton.^{9,10)} Hence, particle beam therapy centers need to evaluate biological dose with RBE measurement via
In general, the response of cells to radiation is measured as a function of radiation dose using clonogenic or colorimetric assay which is widely-used, accepted standard method to measure the radiosensitivity of cells. These results are expressed as cell survival curves, and the shape of the curve depends on the type of radiation. RBE is calculated based on the cell survival curves obtained at same measurement conditions.^{11,12)}
Generating and fitting the cell survival curves are usually performed with a graphing and fitting software, and RBE is manually calculated with excel or calculator after obtaining the dose values at a certain endpoint from those fitted curves. In this regard, it is useful to have a tool that can easily and effectively handle the data of experiments to generate cell survival curve and to analyze RBE together. Therefore, the development of a program for RBE analysis of particle beam therapy was presented in this work. Performance of this program was investigated and fitting result was compared with those obtained from commercial software.
RBE analysis program was built with MATLAB code. The RBE analysis program was made to include two parts. First part is fitting the cell survival curves to a model. Second part is calculating the RBE values at a certain endpoint using fitting results.
To run a program with minimum time required to process data for users, a template needs to be prepared, in which users simply fill the experiment data. The linear quadratic
With the survival curve, the error range of data is presented as standard deviation for one set of experiment data or standard error for triplicate of experiment. Also, the R^{2}, the coefficient of determination that is widely used to measure the goodness-of-fit, was evaluated.
RBE for the same biological endpoint is defined as the
The fitting results of
As shown in Fig. 1, which demonstrates the procedure of RBE analysis, after cell experiments, users input the acquired experiment data of photon and proton irradiation into the excel-format template created by MATLAB, in which surviving fractions are calculated automatically. Then, users read the template file in MATLAB code and then select data by date of experiment (D1, D2, or D3) when they want to analyze data individually, since the worksheets in the template were divided according to experiment date with the name of D1, D2, and D3. If users want to analyze the triplicate experiment data all together, they can select total date (DT).
The selected data file is fitted to survival curve using
The analysis results include the cell survival curves with error range, which are appeared in the screen and α and β parameters with 95% confidence intervals, the RBE values, and R^{2} values to evaluate goodness-of-fit of survival curves to model, which are stored in a text cvs file. The cell survival experiments by clonogenic assay for several cell lines were performed at our institution using 6 MV X-ray and 230 MeV proton beam. The cell survival curve fitting and the analysis results with one of our experiment data are shown in Fig. 2 and Fig. 3, respectively.
The main advantage of this program is the ability to simultaneously compare and analyze the template results that stored experiment data. The results of the cell survival curve obtained by each irradiation can be analyzed by the user on a desired data after reading the template stored in the easy-to-use excel file. The copyright of this program was registered with Korea Copyright Commission (No. C-2016-030683).
In order to assess the performance of this program, we ran this program with three different case data of experiments performed at our institution. The analysis of all cases was successfully performed with this RBE analysis program. The fitting coefficients of linear quadratic equations and the goodness-of-fit for each curve for example cases are given in Table 1. The values of R^{2} were close to 1.0, demonstrating that survival curves fit the linear quadratic model well. Also, we fitted those cases with commercial graphing software, GraphPad Prism 5 (GraphPad Software Inc., San Diego, CA, USA) and compared α and β parameters and R^{2} values which were obtained by our RBE analysis program and Prism 5 software. Those fitting results from two independent programs were comparable as shown in Table 1.
We have presented a new program developed for RBE analysis of particle beam. We have also validated that the cell survival curve could be fitted well with linear quadratic model using the goodness-of-fit and the comparison with commercial graphing software. This new software can generate cell survival curve, fit to model, and calculate RBE all at once with raw experiment data, so it helps users to save time for data handling and to reduce the possibility of making error on analysis. As a coming plan, we will create a user-friendly graphical user interface to present the results more intuitively.
This work was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (KRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (NRF-2015R1D1A1A01059833).
The authors have nothing to disclose.
All relevant data are within the paper and its supporting information files.
Fitting coefficients (α and β) for the linear-quadratic model and goodness-of-fit (R^{2}) from RBE analysis program (N) and commercial graphing software (E) for example cases.
Cases | SF = exp (−αD −βD^{2}) | Goodness-of-fit | ||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
α (95% confidence intervals) | β (95% confidence intervals) | R^{2} | ||||
N | E | N | E | N | E | |
Case 1 (X-ray) | 0.124 (0.100~0.147) | 0.124 (0.114~0.134) | 0.061 (0.053~0.068) | 0.061 (0.057~0.064) | 1.000 | 1.000 |
Case 1 (Proton) | 0.125 (0.111~0.140) | 0.125 (0.111~0.140) | 0.081 (0.075~0.086) | 0.081 (0.075~0.086) | 1.000 | 1.000 |
Case 2 (X-ray) | 0.470 (0.355~0.584) | 0.470 (0.272~0.667) | 0.057 (0.010~0.105) | 0.057 (−0.025~0.140) | 0.9999 | 0.9948 |
Case 2 (Proton) | 0.905 (0.862~0.949) | 0.905 (0.712~1.097) | −0.008 (−0.026~0.010) | −0.008 (−0.089~0.073) | 0.9999 | 0.9986 |
Case 3 (X-ray) | 0.066 (−0.149~0.280) | 0.066 (−0.032~0.163) | 0.029 (−0.023~0.080) | 0.029 (0.005~0.052) | 0.9987 | 0.9439 |
Case 3 (Proton) | 0.122 (0.017~0.227) | 0.122 (−0.0163~0.260) | 0.037 (0.008~0.065) | 0.037 (0~0.074) | 0.9989 | 0.9496 |
Progress in Medical Physics 2017; 28(1): 11-15
Published online March 31, 2017 https://doi.org/10.14316/pmp.2017.28.1.11
Copyright © Korean Society of Medical Physics.
Yoonsun Chung^{*}, Sang Hee Ahn^{†}, Changhoon Choi^{*}, Sohee Park^{*}
^{*}Department of Radiation Oncology, Samsung Medical Center, ^{†}Department of Health Sciences and Technology, Samsung Advanced Institute for Health Sciences and Technology, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to:
This is an Open-Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by- nc/4.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of particle beam needs to be evaluated at particle beam therapy centers before the clinical application of the particle beam. However, since RBE analysis is implemented manually, it is useful to have a tool that can easily and effectively handle the data of experiments to generate cell survival curve and to analyze RBE simultaneously. In this work, the development of a program for RBE analysis of particle beam therapy was presented. This RBE analysis program was developed to include two parts; fitting the cell survival curves to linear-quadratic model and calculating the RBE values at a certain endpoint using fitting results. This program was also developed to simultaneously compare and analyze the template results that stored experiment data with photon and particle beam irradiations. The results of the cell survival curve obtained by each irradiation can be analyzed by the user on a desired data after reading the template stored in the easy-to-use excel file. The analysis results include the cell survival curves with error range, which are appeared in the screen and the α and β parameters of linear-quadratic model with 95% confidence intervals, RBE values, and R^{2} values to evaluate goodness-of-fit of survival curves to model, which are stored in a text cvs file. This software can generate cell survival curve, fit to model, and calculate RBE all at once with raw experiment data, so it helps users to save time for data handling and to reduce the possibility of making error on analysis. As a coming plan, we will create a user-friendly graphical user interface to present the results more intuitively.
Keywords: Relative biological effectiveness, Particle beam therapy, Software tool
Most of the radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays, but the use and introduction of particle beam radiation therapy using proton or carbon ion has been rapidly increasing in recent years. In the case of particle beam therapy, it is possible to concentrate the radiation dose to the tumor to be treated with greater biological effects compared to X-ray. Thus, this physical and biological superiority of particle beam can maximize the therapeutic effect without causing severe side effects.^{1,2)}
To compare biological effectiveness of different radiation types, the concept of the relative biological effectiveness (RBE) is introduced. The RBE is the ratio of the dose of test beam required to obtain the same level of biological effect compared to the reference radiation, X-ray. 250 kVp X-rays is the common reference radiation to determine RBE value; however, in clinical situation, ^{60}Co or megavoltage X-ray can be used for RBE of particle beam.^{3–5)} The concept of RBE is simple, but it is complicated in clinical application, because the RBE depends on the particle type, linear energy transfer (LET), dose, fraction size, type of cell, method of measurement, and endpoint.^{6–8)} Generic RBE of 1.1 has been implemented for proton treatment planning,^{5,6)} and RBE prediction models have been applied to for heavy ion treatment planning since the RBE changes rapidly with LET of heavy ion compared to proton.^{9,10)} Hence, particle beam therapy centers need to evaluate biological dose with RBE measurement via
In general, the response of cells to radiation is measured as a function of radiation dose using clonogenic or colorimetric assay which is widely-used, accepted standard method to measure the radiosensitivity of cells. These results are expressed as cell survival curves, and the shape of the curve depends on the type of radiation. RBE is calculated based on the cell survival curves obtained at same measurement conditions.^{11,12)}
Generating and fitting the cell survival curves are usually performed with a graphing and fitting software, and RBE is manually calculated with excel or calculator after obtaining the dose values at a certain endpoint from those fitted curves. In this regard, it is useful to have a tool that can easily and effectively handle the data of experiments to generate cell survival curve and to analyze RBE together. Therefore, the development of a program for RBE analysis of particle beam therapy was presented in this work. Performance of this program was investigated and fitting result was compared with those obtained from commercial software.
RBE analysis program was built with MATLAB code. The RBE analysis program was made to include two parts. First part is fitting the cell survival curves to a model. Second part is calculating the RBE values at a certain endpoint using fitting results.
To run a program with minimum time required to process data for users, a template needs to be prepared, in which users simply fill the experiment data. The linear quadratic
With the survival curve, the error range of data is presented as standard deviation for one set of experiment data or standard error for triplicate of experiment. Also, the R^{2}, the coefficient of determination that is widely used to measure the goodness-of-fit, was evaluated.
RBE for the same biological endpoint is defined as the
The fitting results of
As shown in Fig. 1, which demonstrates the procedure of RBE analysis, after cell experiments, users input the acquired experiment data of photon and proton irradiation into the excel-format template created by MATLAB, in which surviving fractions are calculated automatically. Then, users read the template file in MATLAB code and then select data by date of experiment (D1, D2, or D3) when they want to analyze data individually, since the worksheets in the template were divided according to experiment date with the name of D1, D2, and D3. If users want to analyze the triplicate experiment data all together, they can select total date (DT).
The selected data file is fitted to survival curve using
The analysis results include the cell survival curves with error range, which are appeared in the screen and α and β parameters with 95% confidence intervals, the RBE values, and R^{2} values to evaluate goodness-of-fit of survival curves to model, which are stored in a text cvs file. The cell survival experiments by clonogenic assay for several cell lines were performed at our institution using 6 MV X-ray and 230 MeV proton beam. The cell survival curve fitting and the analysis results with one of our experiment data are shown in Fig. 2 and Fig. 3, respectively.
The main advantage of this program is the ability to simultaneously compare and analyze the template results that stored experiment data. The results of the cell survival curve obtained by each irradiation can be analyzed by the user on a desired data after reading the template stored in the easy-to-use excel file. The copyright of this program was registered with Korea Copyright Commission (No. C-2016-030683).
In order to assess the performance of this program, we ran this program with three different case data of experiments performed at our institution. The analysis of all cases was successfully performed with this RBE analysis program. The fitting coefficients of linear quadratic equations and the goodness-of-fit for each curve for example cases are given in Table 1. The values of R^{2} were close to 1.0, demonstrating that survival curves fit the linear quadratic model well. Also, we fitted those cases with commercial graphing software, GraphPad Prism 5 (GraphPad Software Inc., San Diego, CA, USA) and compared α and β parameters and R^{2} values which were obtained by our RBE analysis program and Prism 5 software. Those fitting results from two independent programs were comparable as shown in Table 1.
We have presented a new program developed for RBE analysis of particle beam. We have also validated that the cell survival curve could be fitted well with linear quadratic model using the goodness-of-fit and the comparison with commercial graphing software. This new software can generate cell survival curve, fit to model, and calculate RBE all at once with raw experiment data, so it helps users to save time for data handling and to reduce the possibility of making error on analysis. As a coming plan, we will create a user-friendly graphical user interface to present the results more intuitively.
This work was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (KRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (NRF-2015R1D1A1A01059833).
The authors have nothing to disclose.
All relevant data are within the paper and its supporting information files.
Fitting coefficients (α and β) for the linear-quadratic model and goodness-of-fit (R^{2}) from RBE analysis program (N) and commercial graphing software (E) for example cases.
Cases | SF = exp (−αD −βD^{2}) | Goodness-of-fit | ||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
α (95% confidence intervals) | β (95% confidence intervals) | R^{2} | ||||
N | E | N | E | N | E | |
Case 1 (X-ray) | 0.124 (0.100~0.147) | 0.124 (0.114~0.134) | 0.061 (0.053~0.068) | 0.061 (0.057~0.064) | 1.000 | 1.000 |
Case 1 (Proton) | 0.125 (0.111~0.140) | 0.125 (0.111~0.140) | 0.081 (0.075~0.086) | 0.081 (0.075~0.086) | 1.000 | 1.000 |
Case 2 (X-ray) | 0.470 (0.355~0.584) | 0.470 (0.272~0.667) | 0.057 (0.010~0.105) | 0.057 (−0.025~0.140) | 0.9999 | 0.9948 |
Case 2 (Proton) | 0.905 (0.862~0.949) | 0.905 (0.712~1.097) | −0.008 (−0.026~0.010) | −0.008 (−0.089~0.073) | 0.9999 | 0.9986 |
Case 3 (X-ray) | 0.066 (−0.149~0.280) | 0.066 (−0.032~0.163) | 0.029 (−0.023~0.080) | 0.029 (0.005~0.052) | 0.9987 | 0.9439 |
Case 3 (Proton) | 0.122 (0.017~0.227) | 0.122 (−0.0163~0.260) | 0.037 (0.008~0.065) | 0.037 (0~0.074) | 0.9989 | 0.9496 |
Table 1 Fitting coefficients (α and β) for the linear-quadratic model and goodness-of-fit (R^{2}) from RBE analysis program (N) and commercial graphing software (E) for example cases.
Cases | SF = exp (−αD −βD^{2}) | Goodness-of-fit | ||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
α (95% confidence intervals) | β (95% confidence intervals) | R^{2} | ||||
N | E | N | E | N | E | |
Case 1 (X-ray) | 0.124 (0.100~0.147) | 0.124 (0.114~0.134) | 0.061 (0.053~0.068) | 0.061 (0.057~0.064) | 1.000 | 1.000 |
Case 1 (Proton) | 0.125 (0.111~0.140) | 0.125 (0.111~0.140) | 0.081 (0.075~0.086) | 0.081 (0.075~0.086) | 1.000 | 1.000 |
Case 2 (X-ray) | 0.470 (0.355~0.584) | 0.470 (0.272~0.667) | 0.057 (0.010~0.105) | 0.057 (−0.025~0.140) | 0.9999 | 0.9948 |
Case 2 (Proton) | 0.905 (0.862~0.949) | 0.905 (0.712~1.097) | −0.008 (−0.026~0.010) | −0.008 (−0.089~0.073) | 0.9999 | 0.9986 |
Case 3 (X-ray) | 0.066 (−0.149~0.280) | 0.066 (−0.032~0.163) | 0.029 (−0.023~0.080) | 0.029 (0.005~0.052) | 0.9987 | 0.9439 |
Case 3 (Proton) | 0.122 (0.017~0.227) | 0.122 (−0.0163~0.260) | 0.037 (0.008~0.065) | 0.037 (0~0.074) | 0.9989 | 0.9496 |
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