Functional imaging in treatment planning in radiation therapy: a review.

Carlos A. Perez, Jeffrey Bradley, Clifford K.S. Chao, Perry W. Grigsby, Sasa Mutic, Robert Malyapa

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Abstract

The remarkable technical developments obtained in radiation oncology have resulted in an increasing use of image-based treatment planning in radiation therapy for three-dimensional and intensity modulated radiation therapy, stereotactic irradiation and image-guided brachytherapy. There has been increased use of computer-based record and verify systems as well as electronic portal imaging to enhance treatment delivery. From the data presented it is evident that PET scanning and other functional imaging techniques play a major role in the definition of tumor extent and staging of patients with cancer. The recent introduction of a combined CT and PET scanner will substantially simplify image acquisition and treatment planning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-173
Number of pages17
JournalRays
Volume27
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002

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