Radiotherapy is the most common form of treatment for lung cancer patients.
Thoracic specialists develop radiation treatment plans based on CT (computed
scans of the lungs. These treatment plans specify the amount of radiation to be
delivered to the patient, as well as which areas of the lungs to irradiate.
Using mathematical and computational tools, my collaborators and
I have developed a software package which can be used to improve the radiation
planning process. The software is based on a well studied problem in image processing
referred to as "image registration".
In this talk, I will discuss the relationship between image registration and
radiation treatment planning, as well as the types of math and computational tools
required to do research in this field.