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In spite of using a sophisticated computer, if the data and algorithms used were poor and inaccurate, then the result would be poor. This situation is referred to as the 'Ostrich syndrome'. The objective of the present work is to avoid the 'Ostrich syndrome'. A software has been developed for generating the total dose distribution using (i) experimental data based on Fan-line method, and (ii) analytical method based on Cunningham's equation. The Cunningham's equation for off-axis ratio was modifed to fit our experimental data for 60Co beams. For electron beams, only the Fan-line algorthm has been used. The dose distribution obtained with the software developed was compared with that obtained by manual planning.