Modern Radiation Therapy Planning and Delivery
Gardner SJ, Kim J, and Chetty IJ. Modern Radiation Therapy Planning and Delivery. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am 2019; 33(6):947-962.
Hematology/oncology clinics of North America
Modern radiation therapy treatment planning and delivery is a complex process that relies on advanced imaging and computing technology as well as expertise from the medical team. The process begins with simulation imaging, in which three-dimensional computed tomography images (or magnetic resonance images in some cases) are used to characterize the patient anatomy. From there, the radiation oncologist delineates the relevant target/tumor volumes and normal tissue and communicates the goals for treatment planning. The planning process attempts to generate a radiation therapy treatment plan that will deliver a therapeutic dose of radiation to the tumor while sparing nearby normal tissue.