Imaging in Radiotherapy

Katia Parodi

Abstract


With the continued evolution of modern radiation therapy towards high precision delivery of high therapeutic doses to the tumour while optimally sparing surrounding healthy tissue, imaging becomes a crucial component to identify the intended target, properly position it at the treatment site and, in more advanced research applications, visualize the treatment delivery. This contribution reviews the main role of imaging in modern external beam radiation therapy, with special emphasis on emerging ion beam therapy techniques, which aim at exploiting the favourable properties of ion interaction in matter for unprecedented ballistic accuracy in dose delivery

Keywords


Imaging; radiation therapy; ion beam therapy; treatment planning; treatment delivery; treatment verification.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.23730/CYRSP-2017-001.71

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