Visual Analytics for Digital Radiotherapy: Towards a Comprehensible Pipeline

Computer Graphics Forum (Proceedings of Eurographics 2017) - 1st Prize - Dirk Bartz Prize, Volume 36, page -- - 2017
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Prostate cancer is one of the most frequently occurring types of cancer in males. It is often treated with radiation therapy,which aims at irradiating tumors with a high dose, while sparing the surrounding healthy tissues. In the course of the years,radiotherapy technology has undergone great advancements. However, tumors are not only different from each other, theyare also highly heterogeneous within, consisting of regions with distinct tissue characteristics, which should be treated withdifferent radiation doses. Tailoring radiotherapy planning to the specific needs and intra-tumor tissue characteristics of eachpatient is expected to lead to more effective treatment strategies. Currently, clinical research is moving towards this direction,but an understanding of the specific tumor characteristics of each patient, and the integration of all available knowledge into apersonalizable radiotherapy planning pipeline are still required. The present work describes solutions from the field of VisualAnalytics, which aim at incorporating the information from the distinct steps of the personalizable radiotherapy planningpipeline, along with eventual sources of uncertainty, into comprehensible visualizations. All proposed solutions are meantto increase the – up to now, limited – understanding and exploratory capabilities of clinical researchers. These approachescontribute towards the interactive exploration, visual analysis and understanding of the involved data and processes at differentsteps of the radiotherapy planning pipeline, creating a fertile ground for future research in radiotherapy planning.

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@Article { RBV17,
  author       = "Raidou, Renata Georgia and Breeuwer, Marcel and Vilanova, Anna",
  title        = "Visual Analytics for Digital Radiotherapy: Towards a Comprehensible Pipeline",
  journal      = "Computer Graphics Forum (Proceedings of Eurographics 2017) - 1st Prize - Dirk Bartz Prize",
  volume       = "36",
  pages        = "--",
  year         = "2017",
  note         = " ",
  url          = ""

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