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Dosimetry software Hermes Internal Radiation Dosimetry: from quantitative image reconstruction to voxel-level absorbed dose distribution

Hippeläinen, Eero T.; Tenhunen, Mikko J.; Mäenpää, Hanna O.; Heikkonen, Jorma J.; Sohlberg, Antti O.

Nuclear Medicine Communications: May 2017 - Volume 38 - Issue 5 - p 357–365
doi: 10.1097/MNM.0000000000000662
Original Articles

Objective The aim of this work is to validate a software package called Hermes Internal Radiation Dosimetry (HIRD) for internal dose assessment tailored for clinical practice. The software includes all the necessary steps to perform voxel-level absorbed dose calculations including quantitative reconstruction, image coregistration and volume of interest tools.

Methods The basics of voxel-level dosimetry methods and implementations to HIRD software are reviewed. Then, HIRD is validated using simulated SPECT/CT data and data from 177Lu-DOTATATE-treated patients by comparing absorbed kidney doses with OLINDA/EXM-based dosimetry. In addition, electron and photon dose components are studied separately in an example patient case.

Results The simulation study showed that HIRD can reproduce time–activity curves accurately and produce absorbed doses with less than 10% error for the kidneys, liver and spleen. From the patient data, the absorbed kidney doses calculated using HIRD and using OLINDA/EXM were highly correlated (Pearson’s correlation coefficient, r=0.98). From Bland–Altman plot analysis, an average absorbed dose difference of −2% was found between the methods. In addition, we found that in 177Lu-DOTATATE-treated patients, photons can contribute over 10% of the kidney’s total dose and is partly because of cross-irradiation from high-uptake lesions close to the kidneys.

Conclusion HIRD is a straightforward voxel-level internal dosimetry software. Its clinical utility was verified with simulated and clinical 177Lu-DOTATATE-treated patient data. Patient studies also showed that photon contribution towards the total dose can be relatively high and voxel-level dose calculations can be valuable in cases where the target organ is in close proximity to high-uptake organs.

aClinical Research Institute HUCH Ltd

bDepartment of Physics, University of Helsinki

cHUS Medical Imaging Center, Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital

dDepartment of Oncology, Cancer Centre, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki

eJoint Authority for Päijät-Häme Social and Health Care, Department of Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine, Lahti, Finland

fHERMES Medical Solutions, Stockholm, Sweden

Correspondence to Eero T. Hippeläinen, MSc, HUS Medical Imaging Center, Helsinki University Central Hospital, HUS, Helsinki FI-00029, Finland Tel: +358 44 516 7037; fax: +358 94 717 6678; e-mail:

Received December 9, 2016

Received in revised form February 8, 2017

Accepted February 28, 2017

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