Dose Evaluation of Treatment Plans

Authored by: Margaret Bidmead , Jean-Claude Rosenwald

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.ch35

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Abstract

The ideal radiotherapy treatment plan produces a uniform coverage of the target volume without giving a significant dose to surrounding normal tissue. The use of CT and MR in treatment planning, and fast computer hardware (for both planning and treatment delivery) has meant that 3D planning is a realistic option. More degrees of freedom in the use of noncoplanar beam arrangements and the introduction of intensity modulation both make plans more difficult to compare and evaluate. Good, fast plan evaluation tools are essential to simplify this process. Several such tools have been designed, and will be discussed in this chapter.

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