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The next iteration of rectal spacers for prostate radiation are iodinated. When you think about it, you wonder why this wasn’t always the case for something designed for CT-based treatments. Nonetheless, they’re here now and this study takes a look at 50 patients treated with iodinated spacers and 50 with old-school non-iodinated spacers to quantify just how much easier it is to see on CT simulation and even cone beam CT used for alignment. Iodinated spacers had a mean Houndsfield units (HU) of 138 while the non-iodinated version had a mean HU of only 12. What’s more, prostate-rectal separation was similar whether iodinated or non-iodinated spacer was used, and there was no significant change in HU, volume, surface area, or relative position of the non-iodinated spacer from sim to final treatment. All this points to there being no relative disadvantage to using an iodinated versus non-iodinated spacer with the obvious advantage of ease of visibility. TBD: the clinical advantage to using any spacer at all. | Kamran Pract Radiat Oncol 2021


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