Dose volume histogram comparison between ADAC Pinnacle and Nomos Corvus systems for IMRT

K. M. Ayyangar, A. Y.C. Fung, S. Li, S. Pillai, M. M. Yoe-Sein, W. Zhen, C. A. Enke

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This paper compares dose volume histograms (DVHs) generated by the ADAC Pinnacle and the Nomos Corvus planning systems. Seven prostate cases and seven head and neck cases were selected for review. Plans computed on both systems possessed exactly the same anatomical contours and IMRT segments. The Pinnacle system used the collapsed cone convolution superposition, while Corvus employed a finite size pencil beam (FSPB) convolution. Prostate DVH results demonstrated similar DVH curves from both systems. For each structure, the ratio of Pinnacle dose value divided by Corvus value was calculated. The high dose structures (which might contain tumour) had ratios close to unity, while the low dose structures (the critical organs) had ratios farther away from unity. Almost all ratios were less than unity, indicating a systematic difference that Pinnacle calculated doses were lower than Corvus ones. Head and neck data provided similar findings. A possible cause for this discrepancy could be the beam modelling. The difference in DVH parameters that we discovered between the two systems was about the same order of magnitude as the measurement-computation difference. When low dose is critical, such difference may affect the clinical planning decision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalAustralasian Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2005


  • Corvus
  • Dose volume histogram
  • Pinnacle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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