ABSTRACT: To provide faster calculation of digitally reconstructed radiographs (DRRs) in patient-positioning verification, we developed and evaluated a graphic processing unit (GPU)-based DRR software application and compared it with a central processing unit (CPU)-based application. The evaluation metrics were calculation speed and image quality for various slice thicknesses. The results showed that the GPU-based DRR computation was an average of 50 times faster than the CPU-based methodology, whereas the image quality was very similar. This excellent performance may increase the accuracy of patient positioning and improve the patient treatment throughput time.
Radiological Physics and Technology 01/2009; 2(1):40-5.