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Vol 22, No 6 (2017)
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Published online: 2017-11-01
Submitted: 2016-11-04
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Internet-based computer technology on radiotherapy

James C.L. Chow
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2017.08.005
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2017;22(6):455-462.

open access

Vol 22, No 6 (2017)
Review
Published online: 2017-11-01
Submitted: 2016-11-04

Abstract

Recent rapid development of Internet-based computer technologies has made possible many novel applications in radiation dose delivery. However, translational speed of applying these new technologies in radiotherapy could hardly catch up due to the complex commissioning process and quality assurance protocol. Implementing novel Internet-based technology in radiotherapy requires corresponding design of algorithm and infrastructure of the application, set up of related clinical policies, purchase and development of software and hardware, computer programming and debugging, and national to international collaboration. Although such implementation processes are time consuming, some recent computer advancements in the radiation dose delivery are still noticeable. In this review, we will present the background and concept of some recent Internet-based computer technologies such as cloud computing, big data processing and machine learning, followed by their potential applications in radiotherapy, such as treatment planning and dose delivery. We will also discuss the current progress of these applications and their impacts on radiotherapy. We will explore and evaluate the expected benefits and challenges in implementation as well.

Abstract

Recent rapid development of Internet-based computer technologies has made possible many novel applications in radiation dose delivery. However, translational speed of applying these new technologies in radiotherapy could hardly catch up due to the complex commissioning process and quality assurance protocol. Implementing novel Internet-based technology in radiotherapy requires corresponding design of algorithm and infrastructure of the application, set up of related clinical policies, purchase and development of software and hardware, computer programming and debugging, and national to international collaboration. Although such implementation processes are time consuming, some recent computer advancements in the radiation dose delivery are still noticeable. In this review, we will present the background and concept of some recent Internet-based computer technologies such as cloud computing, big data processing and machine learning, followed by their potential applications in radiotherapy, such as treatment planning and dose delivery. We will also discuss the current progress of these applications and their impacts on radiotherapy. We will explore and evaluate the expected benefits and challenges in implementation as well.

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Keywords

Radiotherapy; Computer technology; Cloud computing; Machine learning; Big data

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Title

Internet-based computer technology on radiotherapy

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 22, No 6 (2017)

Pages

455-462

Published online

2017-11-01

DOI

10.1016/j.rpor.2017.08.005

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2017;22(6):455-462.

Keywords

Radiotherapy
Computer technology
Cloud computing
Machine learning
Big data

Authors

James C.L. Chow

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