[The possible role of information technology in radiotherapy II. The development of a biological dose distribution model in the 3-dimensional treatment planning of brain tumours]

Magyar onkologia

PubMedID: 12050757

Mangel L, Kiss T, Skriba Z, Németh G. [The possible role of information technology in radiotherapy II. The development of a biological dose distribution model in the 3-dimensional treatment planning of brain tumours]. Magy Onkol. 2000;44(2):123-127.
OBJECTIVE: Developing a new medical software based on the utilisation of information technology required in 3-dimensional treatment planning and modern radiotherapy. METHODS: The physical dose distribution programs were converted into biological meaning with the insertion of biological equivalence equations based on LQ model. Biological dose distributions and biological dose-volume histograms were generated. The treatment plans of a brain tumour patient were investigated to determine the dose burdening of the normal central nervous system tissues. RESULTS: Employing 3D conformal method, the dose of the vital mid-line structures decreased significantly, which possesses a more meaningful biological importance. Different treatment plans and different fractionation regimens could be compared to each other by utilising this kind of biological model. CONCLUSION: By employing information technology we succeeded in establishing a theoretical biological dose distribution system that could be visualised. The advantages of 3D treatment planning proved unambiguous. In the future this method will probably be suitable to choose the best therapeutic regimens.