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3D Displays And User Interface Design For A Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning CAD Tool
Author(s): Charles E Mosher; George W Sherouse; Edward L Chaney; Julian G Rosenman
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Paper Abstract

The long term goal of the project described in this paper is to improve local tumor control through the use of computer-aided treatment design methods that can result in selection of better treatment plans compared with conventional planning methods. To this end, a CAD tool for the design of radiation treatment beams is described. Crucial to the effectiveness of this tool are high quality 3D display techniques. We have found that 2D and 3D display methods dramatically improve the comprehension of the complex spatial relationships between patient anatomy, radiation beams, and dose distributions. In order to take full advantage of these displays, an intuitive and highly interactive user interface was created. If the system is to be used by physicians unfamiliar with computer systems, it is essential that a user interface is incorporated that allows the user to navigate through each step of the design process in a manner similar to what they are used to. Compared with conventional systems, we believe our display and CAD tools will allow the radiotherapist to achieve more accurate beam targetting leading to a better radiation dose configuration to the tumor volume. This would result in a reduction of the dose to normal tissue.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 June 1988
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0902, Three-Dimensional Imaging and Remote Sensing Imaging, (8 June 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.944740
Show Author Affiliations
Charles E Mosher, North Carolina Memorial Hospital (United States)
George W Sherouse, North Carolina Memorial Hospital (United States)
Edward L Chaney, North Carolina Memorial Hospital (United States)
Julian G Rosenman, North Carolina Memorial Hospital (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0902:
Three-Dimensional Imaging and Remote Sensing Imaging
Woodrow E. Robbins, Editor(s)

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