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NICE recommends AI technology for planning radiotherapy

BMJ 2023; 382 doi: (Published 11 August 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;382:p1861
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Artificial intelligence technologies can be used to help reduce the time it takes to plan external beam radiotherapy for patients with cancer, says draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.1

NICE has said the technologies, which mark up organs at risk of radiation damage, lymph nodes, and the site of the cancer so the radiotherapy dose can be calculated, could save between three and 80 minutes per treatment plan, depending on the amount of editing needed.

The guidelines are NICE’s first to recommend the use of AI to aid healthcare professionals. They state that all contours created by AI must still be reviewed by a trained healthcare professional and edited as needed …

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