Commentary (Herman/Wharam): Current Techniques in Three-Dimensional CT Simulation and Radiation Treatment Planning
November 01, 1995
Stephenson and Wiley demonstrate that three-dimensional (3D) CT-based simulation is an improvement in the simulation process. The growing importance of CT in radiation oncology treatment planning has been discussed previously  and is further emphasized in this article. The advantages of geometric optimization in three dimensions for radiation therapy treatment planning also are described. These results are applicable to both 3D and two-dimensional (2D) dose planning, because the treatment team can visualize and delineate structures on axial or reconstructed CT planes in greater detail than is possible with conventional simulation projected radiographs.