Routine 3D treatment planning: Opportunities, challenges, and hazards

Lawrence B. Marks, Gunilla Bentel, Kim Light, Su Min Zhou, Gregory Sibley, Mitchell Anscher

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Three-dimensional (3D) treatment planning refers to the use of software and hardware tools to design and implement more accurate and conformai radiation therapy. This is a major advance in oncology that should lead to the reduction of treatment-associated morbidity and facilitate safe dose escalation for many tumor sites. This technology affords the incorporation of physiologic and anatomic information into the treatment planning process, further enhancing our ability to improve the therapeutic ratio. However, as with any new technology, care must be taken when applying it in the clinic. The introduction of 3D planning presents new challenges to existing quality assurance systems. These need to be addressed to maintain patient safety. Based on our experience with over 1,500 patients treated at Duke University, the benefits, challenges, and hazards of routine 3D treatment planning are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1191-1201
Number of pages11
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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