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Co-Optimization in RayStation: Multiple Target Planning Simplified

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MDCB Credits: 1.00

ARRT Credits: 1.00

Available Until: 9/4/2020

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Recorded August 17, 2020

Presented by
Melissa Duffy, CMD 
RaySearch Americas, Inc.
Ashkan Parniani, MBA, CMD
Inova Health System

Registration is free
Sponsored by RaySearch Americas, Inc.​

This activity is part of the celebration of National Medical Dosimetrist's Day and is free to AAMD members and non-members. Once you have logged in and added it to your library, it will display as FREE and will not count against the annual CE credit allowance for Members.

This session will provide an overview of one of RayStation’s advanced optimization techniques, Co-Optimization. Today, there are still significant challenges with optimizing multiple targets in close proximity to each other and efficiently planning a non-integrated boost to the total dose over the treatment course. We will focus on showcasing the benefits in treatment plan quality and efficiency while optimizing multiple treatment targets and/or non-integrated boost simultaneously. We will share Inova Health’s clinical experience on how Co-Optimization was easy to adopt and has provided a simplified solution for complex treatment planning.

Learner Outcomes: 

  1. Describe how Co-Optimization can provide a benefit in plan quality and efficient planning in different clinical scenarios
  2. Create a co-optimized plan with multiple target volumes and/or a plan with non-integrated boost for varying prescriptions and isocenters
  3. List the benefits of optimizing two-beam sets in a plan simultaneously with a combined objective function list
  4. Observe the different types of treatment courses that benefit from Co-Optimization planning

Melissa Duffy, CMD is a certified medical dosimetrist with 15 years of experience in Radiation Oncology. She spent the first nine years of her career as a medical dosimetrist at NYU. After NYU, she spent three years as a proton dosimetrist at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to becoming a part of the RaySearch team, she spent two years at the University of Miami as a dosimetry lead. In 2017, Melissa joined the RaySearch team as a Senior Applications Specialist, where she takes an active role in supporting our emerging technology platform. Furthermore, she has been involved in five publications over the past several years.  

Ashkan Parniani, CMD, MBA has taken an active lead in the Radiation Oncology field since 2008. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Commonwealth. He continued his education to earn a certificate in Medical Dosimetry from Roswell Park in 2009. In 2017, he completed his MBA from Texas A&M while still practicing medical dosimetry in the clinic. Ashkan has worked as a CMD at several hospitals throughout his career and is currently working at Inova Health Systems. He has been with Inova since 2012 and has worked to become the Chief of Dosimetry.  Among having extensive education and career background, Ashkan has worked with a variety of advanced technology, including RayStation. He continues to work hard at developing advanced strategies and procedures to enhance clinical efficiency while pushing the envelope to implement new technology at Inova.    

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