Proton-to-photon comparative treatment planning guidelines for the Australian context

Scott N. Penfold, Mikaela Dell'Oro, Peter Gorayski, Eunji Hwang, Hien Le, Melanie Penfold, Jonathan Sykes, Hanh Vu, Adam Yeo

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Proton-to-photon comparative treatment planning is a current requirement of Australian Government funding for patients to receive proton beam therapy (PBT) overseas, and a future requirement for Medicare funding of PBT in Australia. Because of the fundamental differences in treatment plan creation and evaluation between PBT and conventional radiation therapy with x-rays (XRT), there is the potential for a lack of consistency in the process of comparing PBT and XRT treatment plans. This may have an impact on patient eligibility assessment for PBT. The objective of these guidelines is to provide a practical reference document for centres performing proton-to-photon comparative planning and thereby facilitate national uniformity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-328
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Apr 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • comparative treatment planning
  • patient selection
  • proton beam therapy
  • radiation therapy
  • robust evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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