The Journal of Bucharest College of Physicians and the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences

Free Educational Android Mobile Application for Radiobiology. Evaluation of Radiation Oncologist and Medical Physicist


The use of mobile devices and applications dedicated to different medical fields has improved the quality and facilitated medical care, especially in the last 10 years. The number of applications running on the software platforms of smart phones or other smart devices is constantly growing. Radiotherapy also benefits from applications (apps) for TNM staging of cancers, for target volume delineation and toxicity management but also from radiobiological apps for calculating equivalent dose schemes for different dose fractionation regimens. In the context of the increasingly
frequent use of altered fractionation schemes, the use of radiobiological models and calculations based on the linear quadratic model (LQ) becomes a necessity. We aim to evaluate free radiobiology apps for the Android software platform. Given the global educational deficit, the lack of experts and the concordance between radiobiology education and the need to use basic clinical notions of modern radiotherapy, the existence of free apps for the Android platform running on older generation processors can transform even an old smart device in a powerful „radiobiology station.” Apps for radiobiology can help the radiation oncologist and medical physicist with responsibilities in radiotherapy treatment planning in the context of accelerated adoption of hypo-fractionation regimens and calculation of the effect of treatment gaps, a topic of interest in the COVID-19 pandemic context. Radiobiology apps can also partially fill the educational gap in radiobiology by arousing the interest of young radiation oncologists to deepen the growing universe of fundamental and clinical radiobiology.