A collaboratory for radiation therapy treatment planning optimization research

J. Deasy, E. K. Lee, T. Bortfeld, M. Langer, K. Zakarian, J. Alaly, Y. Zhang, H. Liu, R. Mohan, R. Ahuja, A. Pollack, J. Purdy, R. Rardin

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Intensity modulated radiation therapy treatment planning (IMRTP) is a challenging application of optimization technology. We present software tools to facilitate IMRTP research by computational scientists who may not have convenient access to radiotherapy treatment planning systems. The tools, developed within Matlab and CERR (computational environment for radiotherapy research), allow convenient access, visualization, programmable manipulation, and sharing of patient treatment planning data, as well as convenient generation of dosimetric data needed as input for treatment plan optimization research. CERR/Matlab also provides a common framework for storing, reviewing, sharing, and comparing optimized dose distributions from multiple researchers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-63
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of Operations Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy
  • Optimization
  • Radiation therapy treatment planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Decision Sciences(all)


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