Quality assurance guidelines for superficial hyperthermia clinical trials: I. Clinical requirements

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Trefna HD, Crezee H, Schmidt M, Marder D, Lamprecht U, Ehmann M, Hartmann J, Nadobny J, Gellermann J, Van Holthe N, Ghadjar P, Lomax N, Abdel-Rahman S, Bert C, Bakker A, Hurwitz MD, Diederich CJ, Stauffer PR, Van Rhoon GC
Journal: International Journal of Hyperthermia
Publication year: 2017
Volume: 33
Journal issue: 4
Pages range: 471-482
ISSN: 0265-6736


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.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Bert, Christoph Prof. Dr. rer. nat.
Professur für Med. Strahlenphysik
Hartmann, Josefin

External institutions with authors

Academic Medical Centre / Academisch Medisch Centrum (AMC)
Chalmers University of Technology / Chalmers tekniska högskola
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Erasmus University Medical Center
Kantonsspital Aarau AG
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU)
Thomas Jefferson University
Universitätsklinikum Mannheim
Universitätsklinikum Tübingen
University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

How to cite

Trefna, H.D., Crezee, H., Schmidt, M., Marder, D., Lamprecht, U., Ehmann, M.,... Van Rhoon, G.C. (2017). Quality assurance guidelines for superficial hyperthermia clinical trials: I. Clinical requirements. International Journal of Hyperthermia, 33(4), 471-482.

Trefna, Hana Dobsicek, et al. "Quality assurance guidelines for superficial hyperthermia clinical trials: I. Clinical requirements." International Journal of Hyperthermia 33.4 (2017): 471-482.


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