Knowledge-based treatment planning: An inter-technique and inter-system feasibility study for prostate cancer

Elisabetta Cagni, Andrea Botti, Renato Micera, Maria Galeandro, Roberto Sghedoni, Matteo Orlandi, Cinzia Iotti, Luca Cozzi, Mauro Iori

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Purpose Helical Tomotherapy (HT) plans were used to create two RapidPlan knowledge-based (KB) models to generate plans with different techniques and to guide the optimization in a different treatment planning system for prostate plans. Feasibility and performance of these models were evaluated. Material and methods two sets of 35 low risk (LR) and 30 intermediate risk (IR) prostate cancer cases who underwent HT treatments were selected to train RapidPlan models. The KB predicted constraints were used to perform new 20 KB plans using RapidArc technique (KB-RA) (inter-technique validation), and to optimise 20 new HT (KB-HT) plans in the Tomoplan (inter-system validation). For each validation modality, KB plans were benchmarked with the manual plans created by an expert planner (EP). Results RapidPlan was successfully configured using HT plans. The KB-RA plans fulfilled the clinical dose-volume requirements in 100% and 92% of cases for planning target volumes (PTVs) and organs at risk (OARs), respectively. For KB-HT plans these percentages were found to be a bit lower: 90% for PTVs and 86% for OARs. In comparison to EP plans, the KB-RA plans produced higher bladder doses for both LR and IR, and higher rectum doses for LR. KB-HT and EP plans produced similar results. Conclusion RapidPlan can be trained to create models by using plans of a different treatment modality. These models were suitable for generating clinically acceptable plans for inter-technique and inter-system applications. The use of KB models based on plans of consolidated technique could be useful with a new treatment modality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-45
Number of pages8
JournalPhysica Medica
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2017


  • Knowledge based
  • Planning Automation
  • Prostate
  • Rapidarc
  • Tomotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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