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Automated customized retrieval of radiotherapy data for clinical trials, audit and research.

Romanchikova, M and Harrison, K and Burnet, NG and Hoole, AC and Sutcliffe, MP and Parker, MA and Jena, R and Thomas, SJ (2017) Automated customized retrieval of radiotherapy data for clinical trials, audit and research. Br J Radiol, 91. p. 20170651.

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OBJECTIVE: To enable fast and customizable automated collection of radiotherapy (RT) data from tomotherapy storage. METHODS: Human-readable data maps (TagMaps) were created to generate DICOM-RT (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine standard for Radiation Therapy) data from tomotherapy archives, and provided access to "hidden" information comprising delivery sinograms, positional corrections and adaptive-RT doses. RESULTS: 797 data sets totalling 25,000 scans were batch-exported in 31.5 h. All archived information was restored, including the data not available via commercial software. The exported data were DICOM-compliant and compatible with major commercial tools including RayStation, Pinnacle and ProSoma. The export ran without operator interventions. CONCLUSION: The TagMap method for DICOM-RT data modelling produced software that was many times faster than the vendor's solution, required minimal operator input and delivered high volumes of vendor-identical DICOM data. The approach is applicable to many clinical and research data processing scenarios and can be adapted to recover DICOM-RT data from other proprietary storage types such as Elekta, Pinnacle or ProSoma. Advances in knowledge: A novel method to translate data from proprietary storage to DICOM-RT is presented. It provides access to the data hidden in electronic archives, offers a working solution to the issues of data migration and vendor lock-in and paves the way for large-scale imaging and radiomics studies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Automation Clinical Trials as Topic Humans Information Storage and Retrieval Management Audit Radiology Information Systems Radiotherapy Software
Divisions: Div C > Biomechanics
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2017 02:26
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2021 07:21
DOI: 10.1259/bjr.20170651