Biokinetic analysis of tissue boron (10B) concentrations of glioma patients treated with BNCT in Finland

H. Koivunoro (Corresponding Author), E. Hippeläinen, Iiro Auterinen, L. Kankaanranta, M. Kulvik, J. Laakso, T. Seppälä, S. Savolainen, H. Joensuu

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    A total of 98 patients with glioma were treated with BPA-F-mediated boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) in Finland from 1999 to 2011. Thirty-nine (40%) had undergone surgery for newly diagnosed glioblastoma and 59 (60%) had malignant glioma recurrence after surgery. In this study we applied a closed 3-compartment model based on dynamic 18F-BPA-PET studies to estimate the BPA-F concentrations in the tumor and the normal brain with time. Altogether 22 patients with recurrent glioma, treated within the context of a clinical trial, were evaluated using their individual measured whole blood 10B concentrations as an input to the model. The delivered radiation doses to tumor and the normal brain were recalculated based on the modeled 10B concentrations in the tissues during neutron irradiation. The model predicts from -7% to +29% (average, +11%) change in the average tumor doses as compared with the previously estimated doses, and from 17% to 61% (average, 36%) higher average normal brain doses than previously estimated due to the non-constant tumor-to-blood concentration ratios and considerably higher estimated 10B concentrations in the brain at the time of neutron irradiation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)189-194
    JournalApplied Radiation and Isotopes
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • 10B biodistribution
    • BNCT
    • BPA
    • dose calculation
    • glioma
    • PET


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