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RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 22  |  Page : 1752-1759

Precision radiotherapy for brain tumors: A 10-year bibliometric analysis


Department of Radiotherapy, Shenyang Northern Hospital, Shenyang 110016, Liaoning Province, China

Correspondence Address:
Ying Yan
Department of Radiotherapy, Shenyang Northern Hospital, Shenyang 110016, Liaoning Province
China
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Objective: Precision radiotherapy plays an important role in the management of brain tumors. This study aimed to identify global research trends in precision radiotherapy for brain tumors using a bibliometric analysis of the Web of Science. Data Retrieval: We performed a bibliometric analysis of data retrievals for precision radiotherapy for brain tumors containing the key words cerebral tumor, brain tumor, intensity-modulated radiotherapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy, stereotactic ablative radiotherapy, imaging-guided radiotherapy, dose-guided radiotherapy, stereotactic brachytherapy, and stereotactic radiotherapy using the Web of Science. Selection Criteria: Inclusion criteria: (a) peer-reviewed articles on precision radiotherapy for brain tumors which were published and indexed in the Web of Science; (b) type of articles: original research articles and reviews; (c) year of publication: 2002-2011. Exclusion criteria: (a) articles that required manual searching or telephone access; (b) Corrected papers or book chapters. Main Outcome Measures: (1) Annual publication output; (2) distribution according to country; (3) distribution according to institution; (4) top cited publications; (5) distribution according to journals; and (6) comparison of study results on precision radiotherapy for brain tumors. Results: The stereotactic radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiotherapy, and imaging-guided radiotherapy are three major methods of precision radiotherapy for brain tumors. There were 260 research articles addressing precision radiotherapy for brain tumors found within the Web of Science. The USA published the most papers on precision radiotherapy for brain tumors, followed by Germany and France. European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, German Cancer Research Center and Heidelberg University were the most prolific research institutes for publications on precision radiotherapy for brain tumors. Among the top 13 research institutes publishing in this field, seven are in the USA, three are in Germany, two are in France, and there is one institute in India. Research interests including urology and nephrology, clinical neurology, as well as rehabilitation are involved in precision radiotherapy for brain tumors studies. Conclusion: Precision radiotherapy for brain tumors remains a highly active area of research and development. Research Highlights
  1. We performed a bibliometric analysis of data retrievals for precision radiotherapy for brain tumors from 2002 to 2011 using the Web of Science.
  2. We analyzed the articles by annual publication output, distribution according to country, distribution according to institution, top cited publications, distribution according to journals, and made a comparison of study results on precision radiotherapy for brain tumors.
  3. We found that precision radiotherapy for brain tumors is still an area of active research in the past 10 years and Chinese radiologists should be encouraged to write more high-quality papers to participate in and enlarge academic exchange worldwide.


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