Commentary (Purdy): Current Techniques in Three-Dimensional CT Simulation and Radiation Treatment Planning
November 01, 1995
Several developments are combining to move radiation oncology into a new era--the 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3-D CRT) era. Modern imaging technologies provide a 3-D view of the cancer patient's anatomy that allows the radiation oncologist to more accurately identify tumor volumes and their relationship with other tissues. The power and reliability of computers continues to increase rapidly while the costs continue to decrease. These advances have spurred the development of CT-simulation/3-D radiation treatment planning systems that are the cornerstones of the 3-D CRT era [1-3].