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Automation in intensity-modulated radiotherapy treatment planning - a review of recent innovations

Hussein, Mohammad, Heijmen, Ben J M, Verellen, Dirk and Nisbet, Andrew (2018) Automation in intensity-modulated radiotherapy treatment planning - a review of recent innovations British Journal of Radiology, 91 (1092), 20180270. pp. 1-19.

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Radiotherapy treatment planning of complex radiotherapy techniques, such as Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) and Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), is a resource-intensive process requiring a high level of treatment planner intervention to ensure high plan quality. This can lead to variability in the quality of treatment plans and the efficiency in which plans are produced, depending on the skills and experience of the operator and available planning time. Within the last few years, there has been significant progress in the research and development of IMRT treatment planning approaches with automation support, with most commercial manufacturers now offering some form of solution. There is a rapidly growing number of research articles published in the scientific literature on the topic. This paper critically reviews the body of publications up to April 2018. The review describes the different types of automation algorithms, including the advantages and current limitations. Also included is a discussion on the potential issues with routine clinical implementation of such software, and highlights areas for future research.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Physics
Authors :
Hussein, Mohammad
Heijmen, Ben J M
Verellen, Dirk
Date : 4 September 2018
DOI : 10.1259/bjr.20180270
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2018 The Author(s). Published by British Journal of Radiology.
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 01 Aug 2018 11:19
Last Modified : 05 Sep 2019 02:08

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