Reconsidering the definition of a dose-volume histogram

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Physics in Medicine and Biology (Impact Factor: 2.76). 07/2005; 50(11):L17-19. DOI: 10.1088/0031-9155/50/11/L01
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