Informatics in Radiation Oncology

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  • Represents the first book to address the intersection of information technology and radiation oncology, showing how to harness all the data collected in the very data-rich environment of radiotherapy
  • Explains how and where patients’ information, such as their medical histories, allergies, and medication lists, are represented, stored, and retrieved
  • Describes informatics tools for teaching and research as well as for treatment planning, delivery, and patient assessment
  • Presents techniques for maximizing information from combinations of various types of images
  • Provides references in each chapter and many illustrations throughout (including a color insert)


Reflecting the increased importance of the collaborations between radiation oncology and informatics professionals, Informatics in Radiation Oncology discusses the benefits of applying informatics principles to the processes within radiotherapy. It explores how treatment and imaging information is represented, stored, and retrieved as well as how this information relates to other patient data. The book deepens your knowledge of current and emerging information technology and informatics principles applied to radiation oncology so that all the data gathered—from laboratory results to medical images—can be fully exploited to make treatments more effective and processes more efficient.

After introducing the basics of informatics and its connection to radiation oncology, the book examines the process of healthcare delivery in radiation oncology, the challenges of managing images in radiotherapy, and the burgeoning field of radiogenomics. It then presents teaching, clinical trials, and research tools and describes open access clinical imaging archives in radiotherapy, techniques for maximizing information from multimodality imaging, and the roles of images in treatment planning. It also looks at how informatics can improve treatment planning, the safety and efficiency of delivery systems, image-guided patient positioning, and patient assessment. The book concludes with discussions on how outcomes modeling evaluates the effectiveness of treatments, how quality control informatics improves the reliability of processes, and how to perform quality assurance on the informatics tools.

With contributions from a host of top international experts in radiation oncology, medical physics, and informatics, this book leads the way in moving the field forward. It encourages you to find new ways of applying informatics to radiation oncology and help your patients in their fight against cancer.

Table of Contents

What Is Biomedical Informatics?
Paul G. Nagy

Ontology for Radiation Oncology
Daniel L. McShan

Web-Based Information Delivery
Charles Mayo and Steven O’Connor

The Electronic Medical Record
Alexis Andrew Miller

Toward a Terminology for Radiation Oncology
Michael D. Mills and Robert J. Esterhay

Informatics for Accessing Hospital Information Systems
Collin D. Brack

Information and the Radiation Oncology Process
Information Flow through the Radiation Oncology Process
Luis Fong de los Santos and Michael G. Herman

Integrating Radiology with Radiation Oncology: Challenges and Opportunities
George C. Kagadis, Steve G. Langer, Peter Kijewski, and Paul G. Nagy

Image Management in Radiotherapy
Volker Steil, Stuart Swerdloff, Fred Röhner, Frank Schneider, Frederik Wenz, Gerald Weisser, and Frank Lohr

R. Alfredo Siochi and Stuart Swerdloff

Information Resources for Radiation Oncology
R. Alfredo Siochi

Radiogenomics: The Future of Personalized Radiation Therapy?
Bryan Allen

Informatics for Teaching and Research
Teaching Support
Joann I. Prisciandaro

Communication, Collaboration, IT, and Informatics Infrastructure for Clinical Trials
Ying Xiao and Mike Tilkin

Research Data Management, Integration, and Security
Ashish Sharma, Yusuf N. Saghar, and Joel H. Saltz

Open-Source Informatics Tools for Radiotherapy Research
Joseph O. Deasy and Aditya P. Apte

Imaging Informatics
NCI Cancer Imaging Program: Imaging Informatics and Radiotherapy Implications
John Freymann, Justin S. Kirby, and C. Carl Jaffe

Informatics for Multimodality Imaging
Eduard Schreibmann and Timothy H. Fox

Imaging for Radiation Treatment Planning
Gig S. Mageras, Yu-Chi Hu, Stephen McNamara, Hai Pham, and Jian-Ping Xiong

Informatics for Treatment Planning, Delivery, and Assessment
Evaluation of Treatment Plans
Kevin L. Moore and Deshan Yang

Human–Computer Interaction in Radiation Therapy
Junyi Xia and John E. Bayouth

Informatics for Image-Guided Radiation Therapy
Peter Balter and George Starkschall

Patient Assessment Tools
Todd McNutt and Joseph M. Herman

Outcomes Modeling and Quality Assurance Informatics
Outcomes Modeling
Issam El Naqa

Quality Assurance in Informatics
Sasa Mutic and Scott Brame

Quality Assurance and the Informatics Environment
Collin D. Brack and Ivan L. Kessel


Editor Bio(s)

George Starkschall, PhD, FACMP, FAAPM, is a professor in the Department of Radiation Physics and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Starkschall is a fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the American College of Medical Physics and is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics. He has been board certified in therapeutic radiological physics and radiation oncology physics. He earned a PhD in chemical physics from Harvard University.

R. Alfredo Siochi, MS, PhD, MS, is an assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, where he also holds secondary appointments in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests include model-based segmentation and 4D treatment planning, 4D cone beam reconstruction, and radiotherapy safety engineering and process improvement. Dr. Siochi earned a PhD in physics from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).

Editorial Reviews

"With the broad development and implementation of advanced technologies and systems, the book fills a gap in the knowledge domain of informatics in radiation oncology. The book provides a way to advance our field by deepening our knowledge of informatics and improving the efficiency of processes and effectiveness of our treatments. The book is comprehensive in scope with relevant discussions of informatics principles in radiation oncology that are not available in any other books."
—Moyed Miften, PhD, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, USA