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Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2003 Nov 15;57(4):1141-9.

A simple and reliable index for scoring rival stereotactic radiosurgery plans.

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  • 1Department of Radiation Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA.



A simple and robust index for ranking rival stereotactic radiosurgery plans is presented.


The radiosurgery plan score index, CGI (Conformity/Gradient Index), is an average of a conformity score and a gradient score. Computation of the CGI score is simple, requiring only three pieces of data: (1) the total volume irradiated to the prescription isodose level, (2) the volume of the target, and (3) the total volume irradiated at half of the prescription isodose level. The overall CGI Index is a simple function of these three pieces of data.


When multiple sets of rival stereotactic radiosurgery plans were ranked with respect to this single score index, the resulting plan rankings closely matched the plan rankings according to biologic indices (calculated nontarget brain normal tissue complication probabilities).


The CGI is a simple and fast plan evaluation tool that can assist the radiosurgery planner in evaluating and optimizing multiple candidate radiosurgery plans.

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