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EPSRC Reference: EP/C549511/1
Title: Novel Approaches to Radiotherapy Planning and Scheduling in the NHS
Principal Investigator: Petrovic, Professor S
Other Investigators:
Garibaldi, Professor JM Burke, Professor EK
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Project Partners:
Nottingham City Hospital Walsgrave General Hospital
Department: School of Computer Science
Organisation: University of Nottingham
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 November 2005 Ends: 30 June 2010 Value (£): 268,315
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Artificial Intelligence Fundamentals of Computing
Mathematical Aspects of OR
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Healthcare
Related Grants:
EP/C54952X/1
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The problem of efficient radiotherapy planning and resource management In oncology departments, In terms of both manpower and the availability of equipment, has been recognised as a key to their smooth running. The various activities, starting from patient referral through to the delivery of the appropriate treatment, form a complex system, for which generating a high quality planning and scheduling solution is a challenging real-world problem that significantly impacts on healthcare staff and patients.This ambitious research proposal concerns both the generation of possible radiotherapy treatments, for patients and the scheduling of resources. This is a joint research proposal between two research groups from the University of Nottingham and Coventry University with expertise from differing but complementary disciplines. Two large hospitals, Nottingham City Hospital and the UHCW NHS Trust in Coventry, which are both providing radiotherapy treatment to a large population throughout their respective regions, are acting as collaborators on the project. They will provide real-world data and expertise in the domain of radiotherapy treatment. The proposed research requires a multidisciplinary effort, aiming at combining different operational research and artificial intelligence disciplines within a complex real-world medical environment.A successful outcome to the proposed research would significantly improve the efficiency and the quality of radiotherapy treatment in the UK. It could lead to a reduction of waiting time and waiting lists for treatments, a reduction of stress levels in patients and improved consistency in terms of dose delivery. Most Important of all, it has a definite potential to increase the survival rate of cancer patients
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