Initial estimates of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) on heart volume, position and motion in patients receiving chest radiation

Noam Weizman, Khader Baidun, Adam Goldstein, Uri Amit, Akram Saad, Yaacov Richard Lawrence, Sarit Appel, Itzhak Orion, Dror Alezra, Ross Abrams, Zvi Symon, Jeffrey Goldstein

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To evaluate effects of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) on cardiac position, volume, and motion in a cohort of patients receiving thoracic radiation therapy (RT). Patients underwent 3-dimensional (3D) and 4D-computerized tomography (CT) imaging with free-breathing (FB) and CPAP for RT planning. All scans were co-registered on the treatment planning system for contouring, identification of the center of heart volume and comparative measurements of cardiac displacement, volume and motion. Heart volume (HV) was created from 3D-CT contours. Range of heart motion was estimated by creating an internal heart volume (IHV) from 4D-CT contours. Magnitude of cardiac motion (cardiac excursion) was recorded as the difference in volume between IHV and HV. Wilcoxon signed rank test and Spearmen's rank correlation coefficient were used to assess differences between variables and correlations between lung volume and heart parameters. Results from 9 patient data sets were available for this report. Compared to FB, CPAP use was associated with caudal displacement of the HV (1 cm, p < 0.008) and IHV (1.1 cm, p < 0.008). CPAP use decreased HV 6% (p < 0.008) and IHV 13% (p < 0.008). Cardiac excursion was 49% (p < 0.01) less with CPAP than with FB. CPAP use increased mean lung volume by 30% (p < 0.008) which correlated with caudal displacement of the HV (r = 0.83, p < 0.008) and IHV (r = 0.98, p < 0.001). The use of CPAP reduced cardiac motion and volume although the reduction in volume was minimal. The increase in lung volume correlated with caudal displacement of the heart. These results suggest the mechanism for achieving dosimetric benefit was obtained by cardiac displacement and decreased lung and heart motion rather than reduction of HV. Further evaluation of CPAP as a novel technique to reduce heart exposure when offering RT is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-196
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Dosimetry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2022


  • CPAP
  • Cardiac motion
  • Cardiac toxicity
  • Continuous positive airway pressure
  • Heart dose
  • Respiratory motion management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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