Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Treatment Planning

Authored by: Vincent S. Khoo

Handbook of Radiotherapy Physics

Print publication date:  June  2007
Online publication date:  June  2007

Print ISBN: 9780750308601
eBook ISBN: 9781420012026
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781420012026.ch31

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Abstract

Computed tomography (CT) has made a dramatic impact on the accuracy of radiotherapy treatment planning in the past two decades by improving the localisation of target volumes. Improved target localisation will allow higher local control rates with less geographical misses and permit better awareness of the surrounding critical organs, thereby potentially minimising normal tissue complications (Goitein 1979; Goitein et al. 1979). The development of magnetic resonance (MR) has introduced several added imaging benefits that may confer an advantage over the use of CT in treatment planning.

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