- CARMA COLLOQUIUM
- Speaker: Prof. Dr. habil. Matthias Ehrgott, Department of Engineering Science, The University of Auckland
- Title: A Multi-Plan Method for Radiotherapy Treatment Design via Finite Representation of the Non-Dominated Set of a Multi-Objective Linear Programme
- Location: Room V129, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
- Time and Date: 4:00 pm, Fri, 30th Sep 2011
The choice of a plan for radiotherapy treatment for an individual cancer patient requires the careful trade-off between the goals of delivering a sufficiently high radiation dose to the tumour and avoiding irradiation of critical organs and normal tissue. This problem can be formulated as a multi-objective linear programme (MOLP). In this talk we present a method to compute a finite set of non-dominated points that can be proven to uniformly cover the complete non-dominated set of an MOLP (a finite representation). This method generalises and improves upon two existing methods from the literature. We apply this method to the radiotherapy treatment planning problem, showing some results for clinical cases. We illustrate how the method can be used to support clinician’s decision making when selecting a treatment plan. The treatment planner only needs to specify a threshold for recognising two treatment plans as different and is able to interactively navigate through the representative set without the trial-and-error process often used in practice today.
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