Optimally designing radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatments to increase the likelihood of a successful recovery from cancer is an important application of operations research. Researchers have been hindered by the lack of academic software that supports head-to-head comparisons of different techniques, and this article addresses the inherent difficulties of designing and implementing an academic treatment planning system. In particular, this article details the algorithms and the software design of Radiotherapy optimAl Design (RAD).
Acosta, R; Brick, W; Hanna, A; Holder, Allen; Lara, D; McQuillen, G; Nevin, D; Uhlig, P; and Salter, B, "Radiotherapy Optimal Design: An Academic Radiotherapy Treatment Design System" (2008). Mathematical Sciences Technical Reports (MSTR). 86.