Title: TU-EE-A1-05: Exploring the Spatial Trade-Off in Treatment Planning Medical Physics
Written by: A. Schlaefer and O. Blanck
in: Medical Physics 2008
Volume: 35 Number: 6
on pages: 2910
how published:
DOI: 10.1118/1.2962609

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Abstract: Purpose: To include spatial information during multi\-criteria treatment planning. Particularly, to study whether constrained optimization on the voxel level allows to deliberately trade\-off the dose delivered to one region of a volume of interest (VOI) with respect to other clinical goals. Method and Materials: We extended a stepwise optimization method for roboticradiosurgery to interactively modify dose constraints on a voxel level. The optimization problem is solved using linear programming, and every term in the objective function is matched by a corresponding constraint. Clinical goals are addressed separately and maintained using the constraints. A trade\-off among the clinical goals is then explored by a series of optimization steps. For visualization, VOIs are represented by a 3D grid of spheres, where each sphere represents a voxel and can be selected in a 3D scene. Constraints on the dose in the selected voxels can be considered independently for subsequent optimization steps. The method was applied to a prostate case, where we studied trade\-offs with respect to the maximum dose in the rectum. Results: Relaxing the upper dose bound on a set of voxels in the prostate lobes by 150 cGy allowed to reduce the maximum rectum dose by 100 cGy. Likewise, a relaxation of the lower dose bound on a few voxels on the prostate surface by 100 cGy allowed to further reduce the maximum dose in th rectum by 157 cGy. Conclusion: Spatial information is not available from cumulative statistics typically used as criteria for treatment planning. Our results indicate that it is possible to include spatial information in interactive multi\-criteria optimization. The proposed method can be used when clinical goals can be expressed with respect to a subregion of a VOI. Conflict of Interest: Research partially sponsored by Accuray Inc

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