MRI assisted treatment planning for radiation therapy of the head and neck

Leonard M. Toonkel, Kalevi Soila, Dianne Gilbert, Jerome Sheldon

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Improved visualization of head and neck tumors has been demonstrated with the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Using standard plastic radiation therapy immobilization casts and an MR positive surface marker system developed in this institution, we have utilized MRI as an adjunct to the simulation of complex radiation treatments for tumors of the head and neck. This technique includes an indirect display of field margins and/or isodose curves over selected MR images. The lack of induced artifact from the immobilization cast, improved delineation of tumor extension from normal anatomy and the ability to image in arbitrary planes without changing patient positioning favor the use of MR over CT for radiation therapy planning in the head and neck, while ensuring reproducibility of the treatment plan at subsequent therapy sessions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-319
Number of pages5
JournalMagnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1988


  • Head and neck cancer
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Radiation therapy
  • Treatment planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Structural Biology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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