AUTOMATIC ORGAN DELINEATION OF COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY IMAGES FOR RADIOTHERAPY PLANNING IN PROSTATE CANCER - An Overview

Celeste Marques Oliveira, Pedro Pereira Rodrigues

Abstract

Prostate cancer is a common cancer worldwide and a leading cause of death. Radiotherapy is usually the first-line treatment for patients with slow-growing cancer that is confined to the prostate. In Radiation Therapy Planning (RTP), the recognition and outlining of clinical volumes in computed tomography (CT) images are one of the most time-consuming steps carried out by human experts. The aim of this review is to identify and summarize evidence of the use of automatic organ delineation of CT images for radiotherapy planning in prostate cancer. From the literature search, a total of seven studies, reported between 1994 and 2009, were selected. We associate the selected studies in order to compare results, in spite of their differences in methodology and outcome evaluators. Most of the studies conclude that the automatic approach is faster, while having equivalent accuracy to manual method. Concerning the observer’s variability, automatic segmentation reaches significant gains in reproducibility. As future directions, it is recommended the improvement of the segmentation algorithms in the delineation of problematic soft tissues and future validation studies with large scale trials and possible studies of meta-analysis in the specific problems.

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Marques Oliveira C. and Pereira Rodrigues P. (2011). AUTOMATIC ORGAN DELINEATION OF COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY IMAGES FOR RADIOTHERAPY PLANNING IN PROSTATE CANCER - An Overview . In Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2011) ISBN 978-989-8425-34-8, pages 482-485. DOI: 10.5220/0003127904820485


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@conference{healthinf11,
author={Celeste Marques Oliveira and Pedro Pereira Rodrigues},
title={AUTOMATIC ORGAN DELINEATION OF COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY IMAGES FOR RADIOTHERAPY PLANNING IN PROSTATE CANCER - An Overview},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2011)},
year={2011},
pages={482-485},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0003127904820485},
isbn={978-989-8425-34-8},
}


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TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2011)
TI - AUTOMATIC ORGAN DELINEATION OF COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY IMAGES FOR RADIOTHERAPY PLANNING IN PROSTATE CANCER - An Overview
SN - 978-989-8425-34-8
AU - Marques Oliveira C.
AU - Pereira Rodrigues P.
PY - 2011
SP - 482
EP - 485
DO - 10.5220/0003127904820485