A DICOM based radiotherapy plan database for research collaboration and reporting

Jonas Westberg, Simon Long Krogh, Carsten Brink, Ivan R Vogelius

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Abstrakt

Purpose: To create a central radiotherapy (RT) plan database for dose analysis and reporting, capable of calculating and presenting statistics on user defined patient groups. The goal is to facilitate multi-center research studies with easy and secure access to RT plans and statistics on protocol compliance. Methods: RT institutions are able to send data to the central database using DICOM communications on a secure computer network. The central system is composed of a number of DICOM servers, an SQL database and in-house developed software services to process the incoming data. A web site within the secure network allows the user to manage their submitted data. Results: The RT plan database has been developed in Microsoft .NET and users are able to send DICOM data between RT centers in Denmark. Dose-volume histogram (DVH) calculations performed by the system are comparable to those of conventional RT software. A permission system was implemented to ensure access control and easy, yet secure, data sharing across centers. The reports contain DVH statistics for structures in user defined patient groups. The system currently contains over 2200 patients in 14 collaborations. Conclusions: A central RT plan repository for use in multi-center trials and quality assurance was created. The system provides an attractive alternative to dummy runs by enabling continuous monitoring of protocol conformity and plan metrics in a trial.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer012100
BogserieJournal of Physics: Conference Series (Online)
Vol/bind489
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)012100
ISSN1742-6596
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2014
BegivenhedInternational Conference on the Use of Computers in Radiation Therapy (ICCR 2013) - Melbourne, Australien
Varighed: 6. maj 20139. maj 2013
Konferencens nummer: XVII

Konference

KonferenceInternational Conference on the Use of Computers in Radiation Therapy (ICCR 2013)
NummerXVII
LandAustralien
ByMelbourne
Periode06/05/201309/05/2013

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