Computer programs for the analysis of cellular survival data

Radiat Res. 1987 Nov;112(2):331-40.


Four programs have been written to enable radiobiologists to build a computer data base of cellular dose-survival data, calculate cell survival with a correction for cell multiplicity at the time of irradiation, fit various survival models to the data by iteratively weighted least squares, and calculate the ratio of survival levels corresponding to specified doses or the ratio of doses that produce specified survival levels (e.g., oxygen enhancement ratio or relative biological effectiveness). The programs make plots of survival curves and data, and they calculate standard errors and confidence intervals of the fitted survival curve parameters and ratios. The programs calculate survival curves for the linear-quadratic, repair-saturation, single-hit multitarget, linear-multitarget, and repair-misrepair models of cell survival and have been designed to accommodate the addition of other survival models in the future. The programs can be used to compare the accuracy with which different models fit the data, determine if a difference in fit is statistically significant, and show how the estimated value of a survival curve parameter, such as the extrapolation number or the final slope, varies with the survival model. The repair of radiation-induced damage is analyzed in a novel way using these programs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Cell Survival / radiation effects*
  • Mathematical Computing*
  • Software Design
  • Software*