VW Wu PhD; F Tang PhD; W Cheung PhD; K Chan BSc.
Radiation Oncology—Technical Article
Development of a prototype of the tele-localisation system in radiotherapy using personal digital assistant via wireless communication
Article first published online: 28 DEC 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology © 2012 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
Volume 57, Issue 1, pages 113–118, February 2013
How to Cite
Wu, V. W.-c., Tang, F.-h., Cheung, W.-k. and Chan, K.-c. (2013), Development of a prototype of the tele-localisation system in radiotherapy using personal digital assistant via wireless communication. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 57: 113–118. doi: 10.1111/1754-9485.12016
Conflict of interest: There is no conflict of interest from all authors.
This paper was presented in the 52th ASTRO Annual meeting in San Diego, USA, 2010.
- Issue published online: 4 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 28 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Received: 12 APR 2012
- Internal Grant of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- computer in radiology;
- radiation oncology;
In localisation of radiotherapy treatment field, the oncologist is present at the simulator to approve treatment details produced by the therapist. Problems may arise if the oncologist is not available and the patient requires urgent treatment. The development of a tele-localisation system is a potential solution, where the oncologist uses a personal digital assistant (PDA) to localise the treatment field on the image sent from the simulator through wireless communication and returns the information to the therapist after his or her approval. Our team developed the first tele-localisation prototype, which consisted of a server workstation (simulator) for the administration of digital imaging and communication in medicine localisation images including viewing and communication with the PDA via a Wi-Fi network; a PDA (oncologist's site) installed with the custom-built programme that synchronises with the server workstation and performs treatment field editing. Trial tests on accuracy and speed of the prototype system were conducted on 30 subjects with the treatment regions covering the neck, skull, chest and pelvis. The average time required in performing the localisation using the PDA was less than 1.5 min, with the blocked field longer than the open field. The transmission speed of the four treatment regions was similar. The average physical distortion of the images was within 4.4% and the accuracy of field size indication was within 5.3%. Compared with the manual method, the tele-localisation system presented with an average deviation of 5.5%. The prototype system fulfilled the planned objectives of tele-localisation procedure with reasonable speed and accuracy.