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Online external beam radiation treatment simulator

  • Felix G. Hamza-Lup
  • Ivan Sopin
  • Omar Zeidan
Original Article

Abstract

Radiation therapy is an effective and widely accepted form of treatment for many types of cancer that requires extensive computerized planning. Unfortunately, current treatment planning systems have limited or no visual aid that combines patient volumetric models extracted from patient-specific CT data with the treatment device geometry in a 3D interactive simulation. We illustrate the potential of 3D simulation in radiation therapy with a web-based interactive system that combines novel standards and technologies. We discuss related research efforts in this area and present in detail several components of the simulator. An objective assessment of the accuracy of the simulator and a usability study prove the potential of such a system for simulation and training.

Keywords

External beam radiation therapy Distributed training Three-dimensional simulation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Computer ScienceArmstrong Atlantic State UniversitySavannahUSA
  2. 2.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center OrlandoOrlandoUSA

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