A comparison of bladder volumes based on treatment planning CT and BladderScan® BVi 6100 ultrasound device in a prostate radiation therapy population

Mullaney, L.; O'Shea, E.; Dunne, M.T.; Thirion, P.G.; Armstrong, J.G.

British Journal of Radiology 91(1091): 20180160


ISSN/ISBN: 1748-880X
PMID: 29888971
DOI: 10.1259/bjr.20180160
Accession: 044118690

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The aim of this study is to investigate if a handheld ultrasound device (BladderScan® BVI 6100) can accurately measure bladder volumes in prostate radiotherapy (RT) patients. A comparison was made of contoured bladder volumes based on treatment planning CT (TPCT) and BladderScan® BVI 6100 ultrasound device in a large prostate RT population. Three bladder volume (BV) measurements were taken using the bladder volume instrument (BVI) device on prostate RT patients immediately prior to TPCT (n = 190). The CT delineation bladder volumes were also recorded. The mean of the three BVI readings (BVImean) and the maximum (BVImax) of the readings were considered for a comparative analysis. There was a strong positive correlation between the BVI and CT delineated bladder volumes (BVImean r = 0.825; BVImax r = 0.830). The mean difference [± standard deviation (SD)] was an underestimation of BV for both BVImean and BVImax (44.8 ± 88.2 ml and 32.9 ± 87.5 ml, respectively). This is the largest study to date (n = 190), assessing the accuracy of the BladderScan® BVI 6100 in the prostate RT population. The BVI 6100 provides an acceptable indication of BV for use in prostate RT patients for the purposes of monitoring BV. The BladderScan® BVI 6100 provides a convenient and non-irradiating method of indicating BV for use in prostate RT patients.