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Title: Teaching treatment planning for protons with educational open-source software: experience with FoCa and matRad.
Authors: Sanchez-Parcerisa, Daniel
Udías, Jose
Issue Date: Jul-2018
Citation: J Appl Clin Med Phys.2018 Jul;(19)4:302-306
Abstract: Open-source, MATLAB-based treatment planning systems FoCa and matRAD were used in a pilot project for training prospective medical physicists and postgraduate physics students in treatment planning and beam modeling techniques for proton therapy. In the four exercises designed, students learnt how proton pencil beams are modeled and how dose is calculated in three-dimensional voxelized geometries, how pencil beam scanning plans (PBS) are constructed, the rationale behind the choice of spot spacing in patient plans, and the dosimetric differences between photon IMRT and proton PBS plans. Sixty students of two courses participated in the pilot project, with over 90% of satisfactory rating from student surveys. The pilot experience will certainly be continued.
PMID: 29754467
Rights: openAccess
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