Commissioning of virtual simulation and its role in the treatment planning of sixty-three (63) head and neck cancer patients – the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH) experience

Bronwin Van Wyk, Thulani Nyathi, Leo Masamba, Vinay Sharma

Abstract


The objective of this paper is to share the experience of commissioning the virtual simulation (VSim) software, GE Advantage Sim ver 4.3, and its use in the radiation therapy of head and neck cancers at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH). The first sixty-three (63) head and neck cases, planned on the VSim workstation, were retrospectively analysed, as well as the impression of staff members after using the system. A semi-structured survey revealed that members of the multi-disciplinary team were overall satisfied with the system. A follow-up study, with more cases and other treatment sites, will be conducted to confirm these findings.

 


Keywords


radiation therapy, computed tomography, bone necrosis, dental reviews

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The South African Radiographer | ISSN 0258 0241

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