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PURPOSE We investigated the factors that affect salivary function after head-and-neck radiotherapy (RT), including parotid gland dose-volume effects, potential compensation by less-irradiated gland tissue, and functional recovery over time. METHODS AND MATERIALS Sixty-five patients with head-and-neck tumors were enrolled in a prospective salivary function(More)
Determining the 'best' optimization parameters in IMRT planning is typically a time-consuming trial-and-error process with no unambiguous termination point. Recently we and others proposed a goal-programming approach which better captures the desired prioritization of dosimetric goals. Here, individual prescription goals are addressed stepwise in their(More)
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(More)
Recent studies have demonstrated that Monte Carlo (MC) denoising techniques can reduce MC radiotherapy dose computation time significantly by preferentially eliminating statistical fluctuations ('noise') through smoothing. In this study, we compare new and previously published approaches to MC denoising, including 3D wavelet threshold denoising with(More)
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