• Theme: Applied Imaging
Medical imaging already is a key enabling technology supporting radiotherapy: treatment planning is always assisted by the acquisition of a CT-scan, occasionally in combination with PET-CT or MRI for even more precise delineation of the target and healthy tissues. Furthermore, Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) is applied weekly, or even daily, to detect potential geometric changes that affect the dose distribution and require adaptation of the treatment plan (adaptive Radiotherapy (ART)).
We believe that applied medical imaging holds great potential to significantly advance radiotherapy treatment even further. The aim of our imaging research is
- to study, understand and quantify radiation-induced toxicity in great detail.
- to use existing and emerging imaging technologies as well as advanced pattern recognition to further improve target delineation.
- to extend the NTCP models used in our Rapid-Learning Healthcare System.
- to integrate validated NTCP models and advanced medical imaging into automated treatment planning.