Radiation Physics

Section edited by Christoph Bert and Katia Parodi

The Radiation Physics section aims at providing a platform for medical physics research and applications in radiation oncology. This includes innovative developments in the application of physical sciences to radiation oncology, spanning the broad range of advanced beam delivery and imaging, dosimetry, computation, modeling and data processing. Contributions proposing innovative methodological approaches or presenting original assessment on the clinical relevance of new technologies are welcome. Space is also given to review contributions on timely topics, as well as invited key reviews from renowned experts. Hence, the Radiation Physics section addresses contemporary cutting-edge research and methodological advancements for improved clinical practice, as well as reviews of relevant medical physics issues in radiation oncology, offering a fast review process and broad outreach.

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  1. Research

    Analyzing human decisions in IGRT of head-and-neck cancer patients to teach image registration algorithms what experts know

    In IGRT of deformable head-and-neck anatomy, patient setup corrections are derived by rigid registration methods. In practice, experienced radiation therapists often correct the resulting vectors, thus indicat...

    Eva Maria Stoiber, Nina Bougatf, Hendrik Teske, Christian Bierstedt, Dieter Oetzel, Jürgen Debus, Rolf Bendl and Kristina Giske

    Radiation Oncology 2017 12:104

    Published on: 21 June 2017

  2. Research

    Treating lung cancer with dynamic conformal arc therapy: a dosimetric study

    Lung cancer patients are often in poor physical condition, and a shorter treatment time would reduce their discomfort. Dynamic conformal arc therapy (DCAT) offers a shorter treatment time than conventional 3D ...

    Primož Peterlin, Karmen Stanič, Ignasi Méndez and Andrej Strojnik

    Radiation Oncology 2017 12:93

    Published on: 2 June 2017

  3. Research

    Radiation-related lymphopenia is associated with spleen irradiation dose during radiotherapy in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma

    The decrease in peripheral blood lymphocytes induced by radiation lessens the antitumour effect of the immune response, which might cause immunosuppression. We aimed to investigate the correlation between the ...

    Jing Liu, Qianqian Zhao, Weiye Deng, Jie Lu, Xiaoqing Xu, Renben Wang, Xia Li and Jinbo Yue

    Radiation Oncology 2017 12:90

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  4. Research

    Clinical implementation of a knowledge based planning tool for prostate VMAT

    A knowledge based planning tool has been developed and implemented for prostate VMAT radiotherapy plans providing a target average rectum dose value based on previously achievable values for similar rectum/PTV...

    Richard Powis, Andrew Bird, Matthew Brennan, Susan Hinks, Hannah Newman, Katie Reed, John Sage and Gareth Webster

    Radiation Oncology 2017 12:81

    Published on: 8 May 2017

  5. Research

    Dose tracking assessment for image-guided radiotherapy of the prostate bed and the impact on clinical workflow

    The cumulative dose was compared with the planned dose among fourteen patients undergoing image-guided, intensity-modulated radiotherapy of the prostate bed. Moreover, we investigated the feasibility of adding...

    Lucia Clara Orlandini, Marianna Coppola, Christian Fulcheri, Luna Cernusco, Pei Wang and Luca Cionini

    Radiation Oncology 2017 12:78

    Published on: 28 April 2017

  6. Research

    Dosimetric comparison of helical tomotherapy, VMAT, fixed-field IMRT and 3D-conformal radiotherapy for stage I-II nasal natural killer T-cell lymphoma

    The aim of this study was to compare radiotherapy plans for Stage I-II nasal natural killer/T-cell lymphoma (NNKTL) using helical tomotherapy (HT), volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT), Fixed-Field intensit...

    Xianfeng Liu, Erliang Huang, Ying Wang, Yanan He, Huanli Luo, Mingsong Zhong, Da Qiu, Chao Li, Han Yang, Guanglei He, Juan Zhou and Fu Jin

    Radiation Oncology 2017 12:76

    Published on: 27 April 2017

  7. Research

    RapidPlan head and neck model: the objectives and possible clinical benefit

    To evaluate a knowledge based planning model for RapidPlan (RP) generated for advanced head and neck cancer (HNC) patient treatments, as well its ability to possibly improve the clinical plan quality. The stab...

    A. Fogliata, G. Reggiori, A. Stravato, F. Lobefalo, C. Franzese, D. Franceschini, S. Tomatis, P. Mancosu, M. Scorsetti and L. Cozzi

    Radiation Oncology 2017 12:73

    Published on: 27 April 2017

  8. Research

    Predicting liver SBRT eligibility and plan quality for VMAT and 4π plans

    It is useful to predict planned dosimetry and determine the eligibility of a liver cancer patient for SBRT treatment using knowledge based planning (KBP). We compare the predictive accuracy using the overlap v...

    Angelia Tran, Kaley Woods, Dan Nguyen, Victoria Y. Yu, Tianye Niu, Minsong Cao, Percy Lee and Ke Sheng

    Radiation Oncology 2017 12:70

    Published on: 24 April 2017

  9. Research

    Monitoring of breathing motion in image-guided PBS proton therapy: comparative analysis of optical and electromagnetic technologies

    Motion monitoring is essential when treating non-static tumours with pencil beam scanned protons. 4D medical imaging typically relies on the detected body surface displacement, considered as a surrogate of the...

    Giovanni Fattori, Sairos Safai, Pablo Fernández Carmona, Marta Peroni, Rosalind Perrin, Damien Charles Weber and Antony John Lomax

    Radiation Oncology 2017 12:63

    Published on: 31 March 2017

  10. Research

    Using field size factors to characterize the in-air fluence of a proton machine with a range shifter

    The range shifter (RS) is used to treat shallow tumors for a proton pencil beam scanning system (PBS). Adding RS certainly complicates the commissioning of the treatment planning system (TPS) because the spot ...

    Jiajian Shen, Jarrod M. Lentz, Yanle Hu, Wei Liu, Danairis Hernandez Morales, Joshua B. Stoker and Martin Bues

    Radiation Oncology 2017 12:52

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  11. Research

    Elective breast radiotherapy including level I and II lymph nodes: A planning study with the humeral head as planning risk volume

    The aim of this study was to assess the dose to the humeral head planning risk volume with the currently used high tangential fields (HTF) and compare different planning techniques for breast radiotherapy incl...

    Kathrin Surmann, Jorien van der Leer, Tammy Branje, Maurice van der Sangen, Maarten van Lieshout and Coen W. Hurkmans

    Radiation Oncology 2017 12:22

    Published on: 18 January 2017

  12. Research

    Treatment planning comparison of IMPT, VMAT and 4π radiotherapy for prostate cases

    Intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT), non-coplanar 4π intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) represent the most advanced treatment methods based on heavy...

    Angelia Tran, Jingjing Zhang, Kaley Woods, Victoria Yu, Dan Nguyen, Gary Gustafson, Lane Rosen and Ke Sheng

    Radiation Oncology 2017 12:10

    Published on: 11 January 2017

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