Forward Planning versus Inverse Planning:

  1. Forward planning entails establishing the plan parameters to get the required dose distribution while inverse planning entails using the required dose distribution to get the plan parameters.

 

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  1. Inverse planning (e.g. IMRT) is naturally suited for software applications which either use iterative techniques or back-projection-like algorithms.

 

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  1. Forward planning is how a human would produce a plan (i.e. manually manipulating plan parameters such as beam number, beam weighting, beam angles, beam modifiers, field size, etc.).

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