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Journal of Veterinary Medicine
Volume 2018, Article ID 6431749, 7 pages
Research Article

Accuracy and Precision of a Veterinary Neuronavigation System for Radiation Oncology Positioning

1Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, 736 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
2Rogue Research Inc., 6666 St-Urbain, Suite 300, Montreal, QC, Canada H2S 3H1

Correspondence should be addressed to Isabelle F. Vanhaezebrouck; rf.setnan-sirino@kcuorbezeahnav.ellebasi

Received 23 July 2017; Revised 7 January 2018; Accepted 16 January 2018; Published 13 February 2018

Academic Editor: Fulvia Bovera

Copyright © 2018 Isabelle F. Vanhaezebrouck et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Conformal radiation treatment plans such as IMRT and other radiosurgery techniques require very precise patient positioning, typically within a millimeter of error for best results. CT cone beam, real-time navigation, and infrared position sensors are potential options for success but rarely present in veterinary radiation centers. A neuronavigation system (Brainsight Vet, Rogue Research) was tested 22 times on a skull for positioning accuracy and precision analysis. The first 6 manipulations allowed the authors to become familiar with the system but were still included in the analyses. Overall, the targeting mean error in 3D was 1.437 mm with SD 1.242 mm. This system could be used for positioning for radiation therapy or radiosurgery.