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VIDEO: Walk Through of the MRI Radiotherapy System at Henry Ford Hospital

Radiation Therapy | May 21, 2019

This is a walk through of the ViewRay MRIdian MRI-guided radiotherapy system installed at Henry Ford Medical Center — Cottage. The system has been in service for about two years. The walk through shows the entry way into the vault and the warnings about entering an MRI environment. Anyone who enters the treatment room must undergo a metal detector scan first to make sure all ferrous metal is removed.

Read more about the center's first year experience with the system.

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Radiation Therapy | May 21, 2019

This is a walk through of the ViewRay MRIdian MRI-guided radiotherapy system installed at Henry Ford Medical Center — Cottage. The system has been in service for about two years. The walk through shows the entry way into the vault and the warnings about entering an MRI environment. Anyone who enters the treatment room must undergo a metal detector scan first to make sure all ferrous metal is removed.

Read more about the center's first year experience with the system.

Find more Henry Ford Hospital related content.

Radiation Oncology | May 13, 2019

At ASTRO 2018, Accuray showcased new patient-first innovations, including motion synchronization on Radixact, and the new CK VoLO, a fast optimizer on the CyberKnife system. Andrew Delao, senior director of marketing for Accuray, highlights the new features.

 

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Cardio-oncology | March 22, 2019

Magid Awadalla, MBBS, is an advanced cardiac imaging research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been involved in an imaging study of cardiac changes from photon radiotherapy in breast cancer patients using serial cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The radiotherapy beams used to treat breast cancer pass close to the neighboring heart, which can cause cardiac cell damage leading to issues like heart failure later on. He spoke on the topic of cardio-oncology at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting.

Proton Therapy | March 01, 2019

ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Mark Pankuch, Ph.D., director of physics and dosimetry at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center, about the differences between proton and photon radiotherapy and his daily operations at the Warrenville, Ill. center.

Proton Therapy | February 28, 2019

ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Bill Hartsell, M.D., medical director at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center, about operating costs, reimbursement and other financial aspects of proton therapy

Watch the VIDEO: Proton Therapy Treatment at Northwestern Medicine, part 1 of the interview with Hartsell.

Additional videos and coverage of Northwestern Medicine

Artificial Intelligence | February 27, 2019

Here is an example of new artificial intelligence (AI) driven health information systems that aim to improve efficiency, speed workflow and make finding relevant patient data fast. This is the Philips Intellispace Oncology software displayed at the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) 2019 meeting. This dash board page for a cancer patient offers a great overview on a single screen so physicians do not have to do a lot of clicking around to find what they need. 

The top of the screen has a timeline showing all patient encounters related to their cancer, including imaging exams, labs, pathology, procedures, etc. All are clickable and show a small pop-up box with a key image and brief description, and a link to the full set of images and the full report.  Other boxes on the screen help organize the relevant patient data into easily digestible bits with links to full reports or areas of the patient record. An analytics button at the bottom of the page opens a window showing charts for things like tumor follow-up assessments to quickly show if the patient is responding to treatment.

Look through a photo gallery of other new technologies at HIMSS19. 

Find other news and video from HIMSS 2019. 

 

Proton Therapy | February 26, 2019

ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Bill Hartsell, M.D., medical director at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center, about day-to-day operations and cutting-edge treatments at the Warrenville, Ill. center.

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Radiation Therapy | February 21, 2019

ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Christy Kesslering, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center, about the different radiation therapy options for breast cancer patients offered at the center.

Watch the VIDEOs Advancements in Radiation Therapy for Brain Cancer and Multidisciplinary Treatment of Brain Tumors with Vinai Gondi, M.D., director of research and CNS neuro-oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center.

Additional videos and coverage of Northwestern Medicine 

Radiation Therapy | February 20, 2019

ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Vinai Gondi, M.D., director of research and CNS neuro-oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center, about the Neuro-Oncology Multidisciplinary Clinic (NOMDC) at the center that emphasizes collaboration between clinicians to take a patient-centered approach to brain tumor cases. 

Watch the VIDEO: Advancements in Radiation Therapy for Brain Cancer, part 1 of the interview with Gondi.

Additional videos and coverage of Northwestern Medicine

Radiation Therapy | February 15, 2019

ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Vinai Gondi, M.D., director of research and CNS neuro-oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center, about the cutting-edge radiotherapy treatments and research being done at the Warrenville, Ill. center.

Watch the VIDEO: Multidisciplinary Treatment of Brain Tumors, part 2 of the interview with Gondi.

Additional videos and coverage of Northwestern Medicine

Lung Cancer | January 29, 2019

Gregory Videtic, M.D., staff physician in radiation oncology at the Cleveland Clinic, and David Johnstone, M.D., professor of surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, discuss the factors in deciding how to treat patients with marginally operable non-small cell lung cancer at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting.

Radiation Therapy | January 18, 2019
Join Chris Toth, president of Varian’s Oncology Systems business, for a look at product introductions for 2018 plus a peek at the company’s roadmap for the future. Chris highlights:
 

  • Varian’s new Bravos afterloader system for high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy;
  • Varian’s new ProBeam 360 single-room proton therapy system, with its lower-cost, 30 percent smaller footprint;
  • The company’s vision of — and development work towards — an artificial intelligence-powered multimodality adaptive radiotherapy suite; and
  • Pre-clinical research into ultra-high-dose-rate cancer treatment with protons.
Radiation Therapy | December 06, 2018

Radiation therapy has become increasingly effective and safe as vendors continue to innovate technologies that benefit the patient. At ASTRO 2018, this patient-centric approach was exemplified and demonstrated not only in ways that match treatments to patients, but in how technologies can adjust to patient movement and anatomical changes, and to increase the precision of treatments. ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr showcases several new technologies that are helping to advance this field.

For additional patient-centered care coverage, see:

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Radiation Oncology | November 30, 2018

Accuray's philosophy is to personalize treatments to exactly fit the patient. Senior Director of Marketing Andrew Delao explains this philosophy in a conversation with Greg Freiherr at ASTRO 2018.

Artificial Intelligence | November 28, 2018

This is an example of how artificial intelligence (AI) can help improve patient care by pulling together patient data from numerous sources and then select medical records that are specific to a patient’s diagnosis and treatment for a defined disease state. This is Siemens’ AI-Pathway Companion introduced at the Radiological Society Of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting. In this examples. A prostate cancer patient has all their data on a single time line that can be accessed by single clicks on the points to open reports, images, procedures or labs.

At the end of the time line it integrates AI driven clinical decision support that recommends the next course of action based on clinical guidelines. The guidelines cited can also be opened for review by the clinician.

 

ASTRO | November 08, 2018

ITN Editor Dave Fornell took a tour of some of the most innovative technologies on display on the expo floor at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 2018 conference. The overview includes new technologies for proton therapy, MRI-guded radiation therapy, PET-guided radiotherapy, brachytherapy, SRS quality assurance, 3-D printing and mobile connectivity to the oncology information system.

Find links to all the ASTRO 2018 latebreakers, key news and VIDEOS in the article "Late-breaking Radiation Therapy Clinical Trials at ASTRO 2018."
 

Brachytherapy Systems, Women's Healthcare | November 07, 2018

An interview with A. M. Niser Syed, M.D., medical director, radiation oncology and endocurietherapy, MemorialCare Cancer Institute, Long Beach, Calif. At the American Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ASTRO) 2018 annual meeting, he presented a study of 1,200 patients using a single session of intra-operative radiation therapy (IORT) using the Xoft X-ray emitting brachytherapy system. 

Radiation Oncology | November 07, 2018

Aadel Chaudhuri, M.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., explains his research on using blood tests to collect circulating lung tumor cells to assess their response to radiotherapy. This use of liquid biopsies can eliminate the need for invasive needle biopsies. He spoke on this topic at the American Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ASTRO) 2018 annual meeting. 

 

Radiation Oncology | November 06, 2018

Genomics can be used to assess a patient's radiosensitivity, which can be used to increase or decrease the radiation that needs to be delivered to treat the tumor and spare surrounding healthy tissue. Javier Torres-Roca, M.D., associate professor of radiation oncology, Moffit Cancer Center, and co-founder of the genomics company Cvergenx, spoke on this topic at the ASTRO 2018 conference

Find more news, videos and late-breating studies from ASTRO 2018.

 

 

Proton Therapy | October 30, 2018

Interview with Peyman Kabolizadeh, M.D., the medical director of Beaumont Proton Therapy Center, Royal Oak, Mich. He explains how proton therapy fits into Beaumont's overall strategy of cancer treatment. He also explains Beaumont's development of proton arc therapy that is in development. He spoke on these topics at that ASTRO 2018 meeting.

Read the article "Beaumont Hospital Cancer Institute Performs First Irradiation of Spot Scanning Proton Arc Therapy Plan."
 

 

 

 

 

October 29, 2018

Kristin Higgins, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at the Emory Clinic at the Winship Cancer Institute, and associate professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine, explains how the use of a novel positron-emission tomography, computed tomography (PET-CT) system combined with a linac in a single gantry might offer a new approach to real-time adaptive therapy. She spoke to ITN at the 2018 ASTRO conference.

Read the article about the technology displayed at ASTRO 2018 — Biology Guided Radiotherapy May Improve Physician Confidence in Treatment of Multiple Tumors

Read more about the start-up company that created the system.

 

 

ASTRO | October 29, 2018

Anne Hubbard, MBA, director of health policy for the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), gives an update on where things are at for radiotherapy reimbursement, CMS conversion factors and MACRA. She spoke on this topic at the 2018 ASTRO conference.

Read the related article "ASTRO: CMS Report on Radiation Therapy Payment Model Charts Path to Value-Based Cancer Care."

Radiation Therapy | October 29, 2018

Elizabeth Chabner-Thompson, M.D., MPH, radiation oncologist, Northern Westchester Hospital, Northwell Health, Mt. Kisco, N.Y., and CEO of Masthead, explains an FDA-cleared bra she designed for improved patient positioning of women undergoing radiation therapy. She spoke to ITN at the 2018 ASTRO conference

 

 

 

Interventional Radiology | October 19, 2018

Scott Schwartz, M.D., interventional radiologist and program director for IR residencies and the vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, explains how the department uses Yttrium-90 (Y90) embolization therapy to treat liver cancer.

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Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | October 15, 2018

Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute, describes the benefits the department has realized from using the first FDA-approved magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided radiation therapy system to allow real-time treatment tracking.

Watch the related VIDEO: MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy Trial for Pancreatic Cancer.

Register to view a webinar on the ViewRay MRI-guided radiation therapy system.

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Treatment Planning | October 08, 2018

Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology at Henry Ford Health System, describes how the department uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to create synthetic computed tomography (CT) images for use in radiation therapy treatment planning.

Also watch the VIDEOs Using Advanced CT to Enhance Radiation Therapy Planning and MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy Trial for Pancreatic Cancer, which also feature Glide-Hurst.

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Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | October 04, 2018

Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., and Benjamin Movsas, M.D., discuss Henry Ford Hospital's involvement in a national clinical trial assessing the effectiveness of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided radiation therapy in pancreatic cancer. 

Watch the related VIDEO: Clinical Use of the ViewRay MRIdian Linac System at Henry Ford — Interview with Benjamin Movsas, M.D.

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Register to view a webinar on the ViewRay MRI-guided radiation therapy system.

 

Treatment Planning | September 27, 2018

Eric Morris, a Ph.D. candidate at Henry Ford Hospital and Wayne State University, explains his project to automate registration and segmentation of cardiac structures in treatment planning scans for breast cancer radiation therapy.

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Radiation Therapy | September 07, 2018

A discussion with Ehsan Samei, Ph.D., DABR, FAAPM, FSPIE, director of the Duke University Clinical Imaging Physics Group and head of the Duke medical physics graduate program. He spoke on this topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2018 meeting.

Treatment Planning | August 28, 2018

A discussion with Kevin Moore, Ph.D., DABR, deputy director of medical physics and associate professor, University of California San Diego, about his daily clinical use of an artificial intelligence treatment planning software. He spoke on this at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2018 meeting.

Also watch the VIDEO: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Radiation Therapy — an interview with Steve Jiang, Ph.D.

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Radiation Therapy | August 13, 2018

ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the innovative new technologies on the expo floor at the 2018 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) meeting.

Click here for more coverage of the 2018 AAPM annual meeting.

Radiation Therapy | August 13, 2018

A discussion with Mahadevappa Mahesh, MS, Ph.D., FAAPM, FACR, FACMP, FSCCT, professor of radiology and cardiology and chief physicist at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore. He also serves as treasurer for the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and spoke to ITN at the 2018 meeting.

Watch the VIDEO Radiation Dose Monitoring in Medical Imaging, an interview with Mahesh at the 2016 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting.
 

Proton Therapy | August 10, 2018

A discussion with Matthew Freeman, Ph.D., scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico. He spoke about his research using direct proton imaging on the treatment table without the need for other external or on-board imaging systems. He spoke at the 2018 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) meeting.

Radiomics | August 09, 2018

A discussion with Martin Vallieres, Ph.D., post-doctoral fellow at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He spoke on this topic in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2018 meeting. He explains radiomics and how it can be used in both medical imaging and radiation therapy. 

Read the related article "Hidden Information Behind Imaging Tests for Cancer May Unlock New Approaches to Radiation Therapy."

Read the related article "Computer Program Beats Physicians at Brain Cancer Diagnoses."

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AAPM | August 03, 2018

Ehsan Samei, Ph.D., DABR, FAAPM, FSPIE, director of the Duke University Clinical Imaging Physics Group and head of the Duke medical physics graduate program, explained this new program at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2018 meeting.

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Artificial Intelligence | August 01, 2018

A discussion with Steve Jiang, Ph.D., director of the medical artificial intelligence and automation lab and vice-chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas Southwestern. He spoke in sessions at AAPM 2018 about how AI will change treatment planning, radiation oncology and medical imaging.

Watch the VIDEO: Real-world Implementation of Deep Learning for Treatment Planning — a discussion with Kevin Moore, Ph.D., DABR, deputy director of medical physics and associate professor, University of California San Diego, about his daily clinical use of an artificial intelligence treatment planning software. 

Other coverage from the AAPM 2018 meeting.

 

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Radiation Therapy | August 01, 2018

This is an example of how Cherenkov radiation glow can be collected with image intensifier cameras during radiotherapy to show the exact location of the beam and the amount of dose delivered. This can be used to quickly verify everything matches the treatment plan and dosimetry. This video was shot in the booth of DoseOptics at the 2018 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). The company is developing this technology and hopes to submit it to U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) for review in the next year. 

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AAPM | August 01, 2018

American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) President Bruce Thomadsen, M.D., professor of medical physics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, discusses the future direction of medical physics in a changing healthcare environment at the 2018 AAPM meeting.

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Radiation Therapy | November 15, 2017

Chris Toth, president, global commercial and field operations for Varian, takes a tour of Varian’s new product introductions and major initiatives highlighted at ASTRO 2017. These include:
  • The Halcyon system, a new platform for cancer treatment that simplifies and enhances virtually every aspect of image-guided volumetric intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). Halcyon is a powerfully intuitive platform designed to help improve and strengthen the fight against cancer and enable access to high quality care anywhere in the world.
  • The 360 Oncology care management platform, designed to integrate and coordinate patient care across the entire treatment and post-treatment journey. 360 Oncology brings together in a single platform, radiation, medical and surgical oncology, social services, primary care physicians, as well as the patient, to facilitate true collaboration and coordination.
  • The latest release of Varian’s Eclipse treatment planning software, incorporating both Multi-Criteria Optimization (MCO) and Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Support.  MCO enables planners to look at tradeoffs in a treatment plan when different clinical criteria are varied, greatly enhancing control over optimization.  GPU support decreases the dose calculation and inverse planning optimization times, providing a significant leap forward in speed.
  • HyperArc high definition radiotherapy, technology that unlocks the potential of non-coplanar treatment strategies to usher in a new era of precision in the delivery of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS).

For more information: www.varian.com