Three-Dimensional Evaluation of Isodose Radiation Volumes in Cases of Severe Mandibular Osteoradionecrosis for the Prediction of Recurrence after Segmental Resection

Haye H. Glas*, Joep Kraeima, Silke Tribius, Frank K. J. Leusink, Carsten Rendenbach, Max Heiland, Carmen Stromberger, Ashkan Rashad, Clifton D. Fuller, Abdallah S. R. Mohamed, Stephen Y. Lai, Max J. H. Witjes

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Background: Pre-operative margin planning for the segmental resection of affected bone in mandibular osteoradionecrosis (ORN) is difficult. The aim of this study was to identify a possible relation between the received RT dose, exposed bone volume and the progression of ORN after segmental mandibular resection. Method: Patients diagnosed with grade 3-4 ORN for which a segmental resection was performed were included in the study. Three-dimensional reconstructions of RT isodose volumes were fused with postoperative imaging. The primary outcome was the recurrence of ORN after segmental resection. Subsequently, RT exposed mandibular bone volumes were calculated and the location of the bone cuts relative to the isodose volumes were assessed. Results: Five out of thirty-three patients developed recurrent ORN after segmental mandibular resection. All cases with recurrent ORN were resected inside an isodose volume of >= 56 Gy. The absolute mandibular volume radiated with 56 Gy was significantly smaller in the recurrent group (10.9 mL vs. 30.7 mL, p = 0.006), as was the proportion of the mandible radiated with 56 Gy (23% vs. 45%, p = 0.013). Conclusion: The volume of radiated bone was not predictive for risk of progression. The finding that recurrent ORN occurred with bone resection margins within the 56 Gy isodose volume suggests that this could serve as a starting point for the pre-operative planning of reducing the risk of ORN recurrence.

Original languageEnglish
Article number834
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of personalized medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 20-May-2022


  • osteoradionecrosis
  • mandible
  • radiotherapy
  • surgery
  • computer assisted surgery
  • virtual surgical planning
  • HEAD
  • JAWS

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