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Rensselaer researcher wins $1.4 million NIH grant to enable faster cancer treatment planning
Date:5/26/2010

said Radke, associate professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer. "In the longer term, we believe our proposed approach will provide deeper insight into the science of radiation dose optimization, and reduce both the subjectivity and trial-and-error aspect of radiation therapy treatment plan selection."

The new study is titled "Reduced-Order Constrained Optimization for Rapid IMRT and VMAT Treatment Planning." Extending the techniques Radke's team developed for the prostate to treat tumors in the lung, head, or neck presents a challenge, since in the latter sites many healthy, radiation-sensitive tissues are typically clustered near tumors. A further challenge is adapting ROCO to the even more advanced technology of Volumetric-Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), in which radiation is continuously delivered to the patient in a smooth arc instead of at a few discrete positions.

As part of the new study, Radke will work with researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to integrate the ROCO tools into the center's clinical treatment planning system, to refine and test the optimization improvements in an experimental, real-world setting.


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Contact: Michael Mullaney
mullam@rpi.edu
518-276-6161
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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