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Report No. 263 - Standardizing Nomenclatures in Radiation Oncology (2018)Nomenclatures in Radiation Oncology (2018)

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The radiation oncology community can benefit from standardized nomenclatures applied to targets, normal tissue structures, and treatment planning concepts and metrics. Such conformity enhances safety and quality efforts within and between clinics for routine ongoing practice, and it enables data pooling for outcomes research, registries, and clinical trials. Standardization is a vital precursor to the development of scalable uses of scripting for quality assurance and treatment plan evaluation3,22,23. Increased clarity and consistency through standardizing nomenclatures in these areas would provide broad benefits. The charge of AAPM Task Group 263 is to provide nomenclature guidelines in radiation oncology for use in clinical trials, data-pooling initiatives, population-based studies, and routine clinical care by standardizing: 1. structure names across image processing and treatment planning system platforms; 2. nomenclature for dosimetric data (e.g., dose/volume histogram [DVH]-based metrics); 3. templates for clinical trial groups and users of an initial subset of software platforms to facilitate adoption of the standards; and 4. formalism for nomenclature schema which can accommodate the addition of other structures defined in the future.

An executive summary entitiled "American Association of Physicists in Medicine Task Group 263: Standardizing Nomenclatures in Radiation Oncology" is available OPEN ACCESS in the Red Journal at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrobp.2017.12.013

ISBN: 978-1-936366-61-3
Task Group No. 263 - Standardizing Nomenclature for Radiation Therapy

Charles S. Mayo, Jean M Moran, Walter R. Bosch, Ying Xiao, Todd R McNutt, Richard A. Popple, Jeff Michalski, Mary Feng, Lawrence B. Marks, Clifton David Fuller, Ellen D. Yorke, Jatinder R. Palta, Peter Gabriel, Andrea Molineu, Martha M Matuszak, Elizabeth L. Covington, Kathryn J. Masi, Susan L Richardson, Timothy Ritter, Tomasz Morgas, Stella Flampouri, Lakshmi Santanam, Joseph A. Moore, Thomas G. Purdie, Robert Clell Miller, Coen Hurkmans, judy adams, Qing-Rong Jackie Wu, Colleen J Fox, Ramon Alfredo C Siochi, Norman Lee Brown, Wilko Verbakel, Yves Archambault, Steven Chmura, Don G. Eagle, Thomas J. Fitzgerald, Andre L Dekker, Theodore Hong, Rishabh Kapoor, Beth Lansing, Shruti Jolly, Mary E. Napolitano, James Percy, Mark S. Rose, Salim Siddiqui, Christof Schadt, William E. Simon, William L. Straube, Sara T. St. James, Kenneth Ulin, Sue Yom, Torunn Yock

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