Construction of a model for the improved planning of MCO-informed VMAT in RayStation using a knowledge base of clinical IMRT-MCO treatment plans
Author(s)Colbert, Caroline M
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering.
Michael P. Short.
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Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is a type of external beam radiation therapy that has proven effective at treating many cancers. A related therapy type, Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), has the potential to provide comparable dose coverage to tumor sites while better sparing nearby organs at risk (OARs). Multi-criteria Optimization (MCO) is an algorithm that is used to optimize a patient's personalized IMRT treatment plan. VMAT treatment plans cannot be optimized using early versions of the MCO algorithm. The purpose of this study was to construct a model for the automated generation of VMAT treatment plans for prostate cancers using a knowledge base of previously implemented IMRT-MCO treatment plans. An initial model configuration was iteratively refined to produce VMAT plans that represent a quality 'first pass" that can be further optimized by trained treatment planners. The clinical implementation of a model like this one could significantly improve the timeliness of standard non-MCO VMAT optimization methods.
Thesis: S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, 2017.This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.Cataloged from student-submitted PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 51-53).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nuclear Science and Engineering.