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Volume 17, Number 2, 2012

The importance of accurate treatment planning, delivery, and dose verification

Julian Malicki


In recent years, the spectacular technological advances in radiotherapy have generated much enthusiasm.1 Newer techniques take advantage of increased computing power and real-time imaging to provide pinpoint accuracy and dose conformity.
The most widely adopted of the new techniques is undoubtedly intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and variations thereof. Described as “perhaps the most significant technical advances in radiation therapy since the linear accelerator”, IMRT gives us the ability to deliver highly conformal nonconvex dose distributions to the target with astonishing precision.2 Compared to 3D-CRT, IMRT offers many advantages, particular better dose distribution in concave target volumes and lower doses to organs at risk (OAR).3,4 IMRT is surely an immense technological leap forward, though not without certain risks.

Signature: Rep Pract Oncol Radiother, 2012; 17(2) : 63-65

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