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Title: Scripting in Radiation Therapy: An Automatic 3D Beam-Naming System

Abstract

Scripts can be executed within the radiation treatment planning software framework to reduce human error, increase treatment planning efficiency, reduce confusion, and promote consistency within an institution or even among institutions. Scripting is versatile, and one application is an automatic 3D beam-naming system that describes the position of the beam relative to the patient in 3D space. The naming system meets the need for nomenclature that is conducive for clear and accurate communication of beam entry relative to patient anatomy. In radiation oncology in particular, where miscommunication can cause significant harm to patients, a system that minimizes error is essential. Frequent sharing of radiation treatment information occurs not only among members within a department but also between different treatment centers. Descriptions of treatment beams are perhaps the most commonly shared information about a patient's course of treatment in radiation oncology. Automating the naming system by the use of a script reduces the potential for human error, improves efficiency, enforces consistency, and would allow an institution to convert to a new naming system with greater ease. This script has been implemented in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Washington Medical Center since December 2009. It is currently partmore » of the dosimetry protocol and is accessible by medical dosimetrists, radiation oncologists, and medical physicists. This paper highlights the advantages of using an automatic 3D beam-naming script to flawlessly and quickly identify treatment beams with unique names. Scripting in radiation treatment planning software has many uses and great potential for improving clinical care.« less

Authors:
 [1]; ;  [1]
  1. Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Washington Cancer Center, Seattle, WA (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21590481
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Medical Dosimetry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 36; Journal Issue: 3; Other Information: DOI: 10.1016/j.meddos.2010.05.002; PII: S0958-3947(10)00068-3; Copyright (c) 2011 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0958-3947
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOSIMETRY; COMPUTER CODES; DOSIMETRY; MEDICAL PERSONNEL; PATIENTS; PLANNING; RADIOTHERAPY; MEDICINE; NUCLEAR MEDICINE; PERSONNEL; RADIOLOGY; THERAPY

Citation Formats

Holdsworth, Clay, E-mail: clayhholdsworth@yahoo.com, Hummel-Kramer, Sharon M., and Phillips, Mark. Scripting in Radiation Therapy: An Automatic 3D Beam-Naming System. United States: N. p., 2011. Web. doi:10.1016/j.meddos.2010.05.002.
Holdsworth, Clay, E-mail: clayhholdsworth@yahoo.com, Hummel-Kramer, Sharon M., & Phillips, Mark. Scripting in Radiation Therapy: An Automatic 3D Beam-Naming System. United States. doi:10.1016/j.meddos.2010.05.002.
Holdsworth, Clay, E-mail: clayhholdsworth@yahoo.com, Hummel-Kramer, Sharon M., and Phillips, Mark. Sat . "Scripting in Radiation Therapy: An Automatic 3D Beam-Naming System". United States. doi:10.1016/j.meddos.2010.05.002.
@article{osti_21590481,
title = {Scripting in Radiation Therapy: An Automatic 3D Beam-Naming System},
author = {Holdsworth, Clay, E-mail: clayhholdsworth@yahoo.com and Hummel-Kramer, Sharon M. and Phillips, Mark},
abstractNote = {Scripts can be executed within the radiation treatment planning software framework to reduce human error, increase treatment planning efficiency, reduce confusion, and promote consistency within an institution or even among institutions. Scripting is versatile, and one application is an automatic 3D beam-naming system that describes the position of the beam relative to the patient in 3D space. The naming system meets the need for nomenclature that is conducive for clear and accurate communication of beam entry relative to patient anatomy. In radiation oncology in particular, where miscommunication can cause significant harm to patients, a system that minimizes error is essential. Frequent sharing of radiation treatment information occurs not only among members within a department but also between different treatment centers. Descriptions of treatment beams are perhaps the most commonly shared information about a patient's course of treatment in radiation oncology. Automating the naming system by the use of a script reduces the potential for human error, improves efficiency, enforces consistency, and would allow an institution to convert to a new naming system with greater ease. This script has been implemented in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Washington Medical Center since December 2009. It is currently part of the dosimetry protocol and is accessible by medical dosimetrists, radiation oncologists, and medical physicists. This paper highlights the advantages of using an automatic 3D beam-naming script to flawlessly and quickly identify treatment beams with unique names. Scripting in radiation treatment planning software has many uses and great potential for improving clinical care.},
doi = {10.1016/j.meddos.2010.05.002},
journal = {Medical Dosimetry},
issn = {0958-3947},
number = 3,
volume = 36,
place = {United States},
year = {2011},
month = {10}
}