Computer-Controlled 3D Conformal Radiation Therapy

  • Gerald J. Kutcher
  • Radhe Mohan
  • C. Clifton Ling
  • Steven A. Leibel
  • Zvi Fuks
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Computer-controlled or -aided1 radiation therapy is a technique with the potential to safely deliver radiation treatments more expeditiously and accurately than traditional methods. One of the most important applications is in the delivery of conformal treatments for which the goal of maximizing the dose to the tumor and minimizing the dose to normal structures often leads to treatment plans of complex design. Although conformal therapy has always been a goal of radiotherapy, until recently the type of treatment plans that could practically be implemented was quite restrictive. With recent advances in three-dimensional (3D) treatment planning, and (as we will attempt to demonstrate) with emerging techniques for computer-aided delivery of treatments, it appears likely that full-scale studies may be realized to test whether conformal therapy improves tumor control, decreases tissue toxicity, and ultimately enhances survival.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald J. Kutcher
    • 1
  • Radhe Mohan
    • 1
  • C. Clifton Ling
    • 1
  • Steven A. Leibel
    • 2
  • Zvi Fuks
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Medical PhysicsMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Radiation OncologyMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA

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