On the advancement and software support of decision-making in focused ultrasound therapy: Advancement and software support of decision-making in FUS

A. Scherrer, S. Jakobsson, K-H Küfer. Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis 23(5), November 2016


Focused ultrasound therapy (FUS) is a modern and promising way for minimally invasive cancer treatment. Recent advances in treatment technology, bio-physical models, and numerical simulation methods have given rise to a significant curative potential. However, clinical routine of FUS still features classical planning approaches, which widely fail in exploiting this potential. The structure of FUS planning problems strongly suggests interactive multi-criteria decision-making concepts in order to improve treatment quality. This research work introduces an multi-criteria decision-making approach to FUS planning and explains how to bridge the conceptual gap between the clinical state of the art and this new planning paradigm.


  • Alexander Scherrer, Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM
  • Stefan Jakobsson, Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre
  • Karl-Heinz Küfer, Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM

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