Automated radiation treatment planning for cervical cancer

Rhee, Dong Joo ; Jhingran, Anuja ; Kisling, Kelly ; Cardenas, Carlos ; Simonds, Hannah ; Court, Laurence (2020-10)

CITATION: Rhee, D. J. et al. 2020. Automated radiation treatment planning for cervical cancer. Seminars in Radiation Oncology, 30(4):340-347, doi:10.1016/j.semradonc.2020.05.006.

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The radiation treatment-planning process includes contouring, planning, and reviewing the final plan, and each component requires substantial time and effort from multiple experts. Automation of treatment planning can save time and reduce the cost of radiation treatment, and potentially provides more consistent and better quality plans. With the recent breakthroughs in computer hardware and artificial intelligence technology, automation methods for radiation treatment planning have achieved a clinically acceptable level of performance in general. At the same time, the automation process should be developed and evaluated independently for different disease sites and treatment techniques as they are unique from each other. In this article, we will discuss the current status of automated radiation treatment planning for cervical cancer for simple and complex plans and corresponding automated quality assurance methods. Furthermore, we will introduce Radiation Planning Assistant, a web-based system designed to fully automate treatment planning for cervical cancer and other treatment sites.

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