Clinically oriented inverse planning implementation

A. R. Arellano, T. D. Solberg, J. Llacer

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Inverse treatment planning has been implemented in a more clinically oriented approach. The clinical implementation required the use and development of an optimization algorithm that was flexible, easy to use, fast, accurate, and reliable. We used a variant of the dynamic penalized likelihood (DPL) inverse planning algorithm based on the maximum likelihood estimator (MLE) used for image reconstruction in conjunction with a penalization term. The implementation was achieved by focusing on three key areas of the inverse planning process, particularly, the number and type of pre-optimization parameters, the control held by the optimization algorithm over the planning process, and the type of plan evaluation tools available in inverse planning. The inverse planning algorithm was developed to accept few and only clinically relevant pre-optimization parameters and to calculate several alternative optimized solutions for the same clinical case. Requiring few parameters as well as not having to decide on nonclinically relevant parameters reduces the uncertainty in the definition of the problem. Several optimized solutions for the same case are calculated by both relaxing and strengthening the dose volume constraints. By providing multiple optimized solutions, our clinical implementation of inverse planning assures the planner/physician that specifying a precise amount of OAR sparing is not critical. The planner/physician regains control of the planning process by reviewing several solutions instead of just one solution. We added dosimetric, conformity & uniformity index, and radio-biological, normal tissue complication probability & equivalent uniform dose, evaluation tools to help decide which plan is best for treating the patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
EditorsJ.D. Enderle
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2000
Event22nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Jul 23 2000Jul 28 2000


Other22nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, IL


  • DPL
  • Inverse planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering


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