Initial experience with introducing national Swedish guidelines for CT- and MRI-based delineation of organs at risk in radiotherapy

Caroline Olsson, Tufve Nyholm, Elinore Wieslander, Eva Onjukka, Adalsteinn Gunnlaugsson, Johan Reizenstein, Stefan Johnsson, Ingrid Fagerström Kristensen, Johan Skönevik, Magnus Karlsson, Ulf Isacsson, Anna M Flejmer, Edvard Abel, Fredrik Nordström, Leif Nyström, Kjell Bergfeldt, Björn Zackrisson, Alexander Valdman

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Abstract

A fundamental problem in radiotherapy is the variation of organ at risk (OAR) volumes. Here we present our initial experience in engaging a large Radiation Oncology (RO) community to agree on national guidelines for OAR delineations. Our project builds on associated standardization initiatives and invites professionals from all radiotherapy departments nationwide. Presently, one guideline (rectum) has successfully been agreed on by a majority vote. Reaching out to all relevant parties in a timely manner and motivating funding agencies to support the work represented early challenges. Population-based data and a scalable methodological approach are major strengths of the proposed strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-91
Number of pages4
JournalPhysics and imaging in radiation oncology
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging

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