Todd McNutt

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We demonstrate the use of highly parallel graphics processing units (GPUs) to accelerate the superposition/convolution (S/C) algorithm to interactive rates while reducing the number of approximations. S/C first transports the incident fluence to compute the total energy released per unit mass (TERMA) grid. Dose is then calculated by superimposing the dose(More)
PURPOSE Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatment plan quality depends on the planner's level of experience and the amount of time the planner invests in developing the plan. Planners often unwittingly accept plans when further sparing of the organs at risk (OARs) is possible. The authors propose a method of IMRT treatment plan quality control(More)
The purpose of this work is to demonstrate a proof of feasibility of the application of a commercial prototype deformable model algorithm to the problem of delineation of anatomic structures on four-dimensional (4D) computed tomography (CT) image data sets. We acquired a 4D CT image data set of a patient's thorax that consisted of three-dimensional (3D)(More)
The C57BL/6J laboratory mouse is commonly used in neurobiological research. Digital atlases of the C57BL/6J brain have been used for visualization, genetic phenotyping and morphometry, but currently lack the ability to accurately calculate deviations between individual mice. We developed a fully three-dimensional digital atlas of the C57BL/6J brain based on(More)
In this paper we address the challenge of matching patient geometry to facilitate the design of patient treatment plans in radiotherapy. To this end we propose a novel shape descriptor, the Overlap Volume Histogram, which provides a rotation and translation invariant representation of a patient's organs at risk relative to the tumor volume. Using our(More)
PURPOSE To develop a model to assess the quality of an IMRT treatment plan using data of prior patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma. METHODS The dose to an organ at risk (OAR) depends in large part on its orientation and distance to the planning target volume (PTV). A database of 33 previously treated patients with pancreatic cancer was queried to find(More)
PURPOSE Current pretreatment, 4D imaging techniques are suboptimal in that they sample breathing motion over a very limited "snap-shot" in time. To potentially address this, the authors have developed a longer-duration MRI and postprocessing technique to derive the average or most-probable state of mobile anatomy and meanwhile capture and convey the(More)
PURPOSE To investigate whether an overlap volume histogram (OVH)-driven planning application using an intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) database can guide and automate volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) planning for head-and-neck cancer. METHODS Based on comparable head-and-neck dosimetric results between planner-generated VMAT and IMRT(More)
The task of IMRT planning, particularly in head-and-neck cancer, is a difficult one, often requiring days of work from a trained dosimetrist. One of the main challenges is the prescription of achievable target doses that will be used to optimize a treatment plan. This work explores a data-driven approach in which effort spent on past plans is used to assist(More)