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The Berlin Extension of the Stanford Hyperthermia Treatment.

Please always quote using this URN: urn:nbn:de:0297-zib-1304
  • In the field of deep regional hyperthermia, one of the most widely used devices is the BSD--2000 Hyperthermia System which employs the Sigma 60 applicator. The Sigma 60 consists of four independent sources, giving it the potential to control the energy pattern within the patient. The independent amplitudes and phases, as well as frequency selection and applicator position, present a large number of parameters for the operator to determine. Computer simulation has long been recognized as an attractive approach to optimizing these parameters. A treatment planning program was used in clinical practice at Stanford University Medical Center for two years. It demonstrated the feasibility of computer simulation for deep regional hyperthermia in a clinical situation. However, several parts of this system were written in a language specific to one workstation, which severely restricted the wider distribution of the program to other users of the Sigma 60. A new treatment planning system for the BSD 2000 has been developed and put into clinical practice at the Rudolf Virchow Clinic of the Free University of Berlin. The new method, which we will refer to as the Berlin system, has a simpler model construction program and a considerably better graphics capability. However, the most important feature is that all programs are written in FORTRAN, C, or the X Window graphics system. Therefore, the entire treatment planning system is completely portable to other workstations.

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Author:Martin Seebass, Dennis Sullivan, Peter Wust, Peter Deuflhard, Roland Felix
Document Type:ZIB-Report
Date of first Publication:1994/01/24
Series (Serial Number):ZIB-Report (SC-93-35)