IMRT: a review and preview

Thomas Bortfeld
2006 Physics in Medicine and Biology  
The very first cornerstone paper on intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) was published in Physics in Medicine and Biology, and many seminal IMRT works have since appeared in this journal. Today IMRT is a widely used clinical treatment modality in many countries. This contribution to the 50th anniversary issue reviews the physical, mathematical, and technological milestones that have facilitated the clinical implementation and success of IMRT. In particular, the basic concepts and
more » ... concepts and developments of both IMRT treatment planning ('inverse planning') and the delivery of cone-beam IMRT with a multileaf collimator from a fixed number of static beam directions are discussed. An outlook into the future of IMRT concludes the paper.
doi:10.1088/0031-9155/51/13/r21 pmid:16790913 fatcat:zgjodh2mnvctrlztctlqrmy4ou