A representation of an NTCP function for local complication mechanisms

M. Alber, F. Nüsslin

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A mathematical formalism was tailored for the description of mechanisms complicating radiation therapy with a predominantly local component. The functional representation of an NTCP function was developed based on the notion that it has to be robust against population averages in order to be applicable to experimental data. The model was required to be invariant under scaling operations of the dose and the irradiated volume. The NTCP function was derived from the model assumptions that the complication is a consequence of local tissue damage and that the probability of local damage in a small reference volume is independent of the neighbouring volumes. The performance of the model was demonstrated with an animal model which has been published previously.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-447
Number of pages9
JournalPhysics in Medicine and Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


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