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Machine Learning Could Speed Up Radiation Therapy for Cancer Patients


February 7, 2007

News thumbnail of radiation planning algorithm A new computer-based technique could eliminate hours of manual adjustment associated with a popular cancer treatment. Researchers have developed an approach that has the potential to automatically determine acceptable radiation plans in a matter of minutes, without compromising the quality of treatment. Full Story

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