Quality assurance guidelines for superficial hyperthermia clinical trials: I. Clinical requirements
Journal article, 2017

Quality assurance guidelines are essential to provide uniform execution of clinical trials and treatment in the application of hyperthermia. This document provides definitions for a good hyperthermia treatment and identifies the clinical conditions where a certain hyperthermia system can or cannot adequately heat the tumour volume. It also provides brief description of the characteristics and performance of the current electromagnetic (radiative and capacitive), ultrasound and infra-red heating techniques. This information helps to select the appropriate heating technique for the specific tumour location and size, and appropriate settings of the water bolus and thermometry. Finally, requirements of staff training and documentation are provided. The guidelines in this document focus on the clinical application and are complemented with a second, more technical quality assurance document providing instructions and procedure to determine essential parameters that describe heating properties of the applicator for superficial hyperthermia. Both sets of guidelines were developed by the ESHO Technical Committee with participation of senior STM members and members of the Atzelsberg Circle.


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Hana Dobsicek Trefna

Chalmers, Signals and Systems, Signal Processing and Biomedical Engineering

Hans Crezee

University of Amsterdam

M. Schmidt

Universitatsklinik Erlangen und Medizinische Fakultat

D. Marder

Kantonsspital Aarau

U. Lamprecht

University of Tübingen

M. Ehmann

Mannheim university hospital

J. Hartmann

Universitatsklinik Erlangen und Medizinische Fakultat

J. Nadobny

Charité University Medicine Berlin

Johanna Gellermann

University of Tübingen

Praxis/Zentrum für Strahlentherapie und Radioonkologie

Netteke van Holthe

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Pirus Ghadjar

Charité University Medicine Berlin

N. Lomax

Kantonsspital Aarau

S. Abdel-Rahman

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

Christoph Bert


Universitatsklinik Erlangen und Medizinische Fakultat

A. Bakker

University of Amsterdam

M. D. Hurwitz

Thomas Concrete Group

C. J. Diederich

University of California

P. R. Stauffer

Thomas Concrete Group

G. C. Van Rhoon

Erasmus University Rotterdam

International Journal of Hyperthermia

0265-6736 (ISSN) 1464-5157 (eISSN)

Vol. 33 4 471-482

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