Therapy Planning - Development

Group leader: Christian Bierstedt

Summary of Research Activities

The task of the group „Therapy Planning - Development“ is the investigation, development and implementation of computer assisted tools, which can improve the planning, simulation and evaluation of minimal-invasive treatment techniques in oncology. In this way, clinicians should be enabled to plan, test and optimize their treatment strategies pre-therapeutically and during therapy.

There is no doubt, that a pre-therapeutical treatment optimization can increase the overall treatment results: better local tumor control, less side effects and a reduction of treatment time in surgical interventions, faster recovery of the patient and consequently a reduction of treatment costs. Due to the close cooperation of physicians, physicists and computer scientists our institute is the ideal environment for developing computer assisted planning and simulation methods with clinical relevance. One superior intention of all developments is a carefully elaboration of promising methods in a way, that their benefits can be demonstrated directly in real patient treatment. The former activities were focused on methods for three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy planning. Because there are a lot of similarities in computer assisted tools for planning and optimizing other minimal-invasive treatment techniques, we try to extend the available experiences and to generalize new developments in a way that other therapeutical approaches may derive benefits, too.

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The working areas of the group include all links of the therapeutical chain that can be supported by computer assisted tools. Special emphasis is put on image processing, registration of multi-modal image sequences, segmentation, three-dimensional modeling, representation and visual presentation of anatomy, visual simulation of treatment approaches and virtual reality, presentation of numerical simulation results and appropriate evaluation tools, knowledge based systems for therapy planning and methods and tools for therapy monitoring. We have concentrated our activities on the following topics:

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