Your radiation oncologist will develop a personalized treatment plan for you through a process called treatment planning which begins with simulation.
A CT scan acquired in your treatment position is used for treatment planning. To reproduce this position for your daily treatments head masks, body molds, or other devices may be utilized. Your radiation oncologist will also use diagnostic studies such as PET, MRI and CT in conjunction with the treatment planning CT scan.
The radiation oncologist will determine the exact area that will be treated. The goal is to deliver the prescribed dose to the tumor while minimizing the dose to normal tissue.
The staff working with the radiation oncologist include physicists and dosimetrists who use sophisticated computers to design your specific treatment plan. The physicist and dosimetrists under the direction of your Radiation Oncologist determine the optimal angles for radiation delivery and perform calculations to deliver the prescribed dose.