Variation in external beam treatment plan quality: An inter-institutional study of planners and planning systems.

@article{Nelms2012VariationIE,
  title={Variation in external beam treatment plan quality: An inter-institutional study of planners and planning systems.},
  author={Benjamin E. Nelms and G. O. Robinson and Jay Markham and Kyle Velasco and Steve Boyd and Sharath Narayan and James Wheeler and Mark L Sobczak},
  journal={Practical radiation oncology},
  year={2012},
  volume={2 4},
  pages={296-305}
}
PURPOSE This study quantifies variation in radiation treatment plan quality for plans generated by a population of treatment planners given very specific plan objectives. METHODS AND MATERIALS A "Plan Quality Metric" (PQM) with 14 submetrics, each with a unique value function, was defined for a prostate treatment plan, serving as specific goals of a hypothetical "virtual physician." The exact PQM logic was distributed to a population of treatment planners (to remove ambiguity of plan goals or… CONTINUE READING

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