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Immersive visualization training of radiotherapy treatment

Phillips, Roger; Ward, James W.; Beavis, Andy W.

Authors

Roger Phillips

James W. Ward

Andy W. Beavis

Abstract

External radiation beam treatment of cancer tumours involves delivery of invisible radiation beams through the body where internal structures can not be seen. Beam targeting of patient anatomy has to very accurate to achieve the desired therapeutic result. Good understanding of radiotherapy treatment (RT) concepts is essential to training. This paper presents a virtual environment simulator developed by the authors for training and education of intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) treatment of cancer. This simulator employs immersive visualization to provide a high fidelity spatial awareness of the complex relationships between tumour, organs at risk, treatment beam and radiation dose. All these visualization are provided by a 3D virtual environment based on the patient in a RT treatment room. Immersive visualization using this simulator is being used to train radiation oncologist and radiation physicists about radiotherapy treatment.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 25, 2005
Journal Studies in health technology and informatics
Print ISSN 0926-9630
Publisher IOS Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 111
Pages 390 - 396
Institution Citation Phillips, R., Ward, J. W., & Beavis, A. W. (2005). Immersive visualization training of radiotherapy treatment. Studies in health technology and informatics, 111, 390 - 396
Keywords virtual reality; virtual environment; radiotherapy; radiation therapy; imrt; training; education; simulation; scientific visualization

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