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Articles by Brian Anderson in JoVE
Radiation Planning Assistant - A Streamlined, Fully Automated Radiotherapy Treatment Planning System Laurence E. Court1, Kelly Kisling1, Rachel McCarroll1, Lifei Zhang1, Jinzhong Yang1, Hannah Simonds2, Monique du Toit2, Chris Trauernicht2, Hester Burger3, Jeannette Parkes3, Mike Mejia4, Maureen Bojador4, Peter Balter1, Daniela Branco1, Angela Steinmann1, Garrett Baltz1, Skylar Gay1, Brian Anderson1, Carlos Cardenas1, Anuja Jhingran5, Simona Shaitelman5, Oliver Bogler6, Kathleen Schmeller7, David Followill1, Rebecca Howell1, Christopher Nelson1, Christine Peterson8, Beth Beadle5,9 1Department of Radiation Physics, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2Department of Radiation Oncology, Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital, 3Departments of Radiation Oncology and Medical Physics, Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town, 4Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Santo Tomas Hospital, Benavides Cancer Institute, 5Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 6Academic Affairs, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 7Department of Gynecological Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 8Department of Biostatistics, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 9Department of Radiation Oncology, Stanford University Radiation therapy is a highly complex cancer treatment that requires multiple specialists to create a treatment plan and provide quality assurance (QA) prior to delivery to a patient. This protocol describes the use of a fully automated system, the Radiation Planning Assistant (RPA), to create high-quality radiation treatment plans.
Other articles by Brian Anderson on PubMed
Cost-effective Immobilization for Whole Brain Radiation Therapy Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics. | Pubmed ID: 28585732 To investigate the inter- and intra-fraction motion associated with the use of a low-cost tape immobilization technique as an alternative to thermoplastic immobilization masks for whole-brain treatments. The results of this study may be of interest to clinical staff with severely limited resources (e.g., in low-income countries) and also when treating patients who cannot tolerate standard immobilization masks. Setup reproducibility of eight healthy volunteers was assessed for two different immobilization techniques. (a) One strip of tape was placed across the volunteer's forehead and attached to the sides of the treatment table. (b) A second strip was added to the first, under the chin, and secured to the table above the volunteer's head. After initial positioning, anterior and lateral photographs were acquired. Volunteers were positioned five times with each technique to allow calculation of inter-fraction reproducibility measurements. To estimate intra-fraction reproducibility, 5-minute anterior and lateral videos were taken for each technique per volunteer. An in-house software was used to analyze the photos and videos to assess setup reproducibility. The maximum intra-fraction displacement for all volunteers was 2.8 mm. Intra-fraction motion increased with time on table. The maximum inter-fraction range of positions for all volunteers was 5.4 mm. The magnitude of inter-fraction and intra-fraction motion found using the "1-strip" and "2-strip" tape immobilization techniques was comparable to motion restrictions provided by a thermoplastic mask for whole-brain radiotherapy. The results suggest that tape-based immobilization techniques represent an economical and useful alternative to the thermoplastic mask.