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VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia

Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019

Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.

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Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019

Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.

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AAPM | July 29, 2019

Brent Parker, Ph.D., DABR, professor of radiation physics and medical physicist at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains how the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is creating guidelines to better define the roles of non-physicist assistants. He said there is a lack of state regulatory oversight for medical physicists or their assistants, partly because there are no guidelines from the medical societies. AAPM has created a series of policy statements to better define these the roles and requirements for all of these positions. Parker said the goal is to give state regulators the the definitions needed to create oversight guidelines. He spoke on this topic in sessions at the AAPM 2019 meeting. 

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AAPM | July 29, 2019

Mahadevappa Mahesh, Ph.D., chief of medical physicist and professor of radiology and medical physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and treasurer of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains some of the trends in medical physics and new features of the AAPM 2019 meeting. 

Watch the related VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care — Interview with AAPM President Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., at the 2019 AAPM meeting.
 

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Radiation Therapy | July 23, 2019

Paul Liu, Ph.D., post-doctoral research associate, Image X Institute at the University of Sydney, Australia, explains how his center is working on a low-cost radiation therapy system for the developing world. The Nano-X system will use a fixed linac gantry and rotate the patient around the beam. This would lighten the weight of the system, reduce the need for room shielding, and cut the number iof moving parts to lower costs and ease maintanence. Liu spoke about the project in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting.

 

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AAPM | July 23, 2019

Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Computed Tomography (CT) Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering, and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains the "building bridges" theme of the 2019 AAPM meeting. 

This theme was the focus of her president’s address at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She spoke on the theme of diversity and how to break down the barriers between various minorities, male-female, religion, national origin, etc. She gave many photo examples of how we pigeon hole people into neat categories and that we often say we have equally in society, however her images showed recent images of big political summits where there are no women present, or they were the secretaries in the background. She said in medical practice, department administration and collaboration on projects, people need to be cognoscente of bias they have engrained by culture for which they may not even be aware.

She showed a slide of the AAPM membership makeup by generation and said members need to keep in mind the way each generation thinks and communicates varies by their generation's life experience and upbringing. McCollough said understanding these differences can help bridge perceived gaps in communication. 

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Brachytherapy Systems | July 23, 2019

Lior Arazi, Ph.D., assistant professor at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, explains the potential benefits of a new Radium-224 brachytherapy seed technology he is helping develop. The technology uses high-dose alpha particles to kill cancer cells, but has a very short tissue penetration, so it can be placed very close to critical structures without causing collateral damage to healthy tissue. He discussed this technology in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting.

 

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Radiation Oncology | July 22, 2019

Stephen Sorensen, Ph.D., DABR, chief of medical physics, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, explains the first commercial use of the Zap-X stereotactic radio surgery (SRS) brain radiotherapy system. The system uses a capsule-like shield to surround the gantry and patient, eliminating the need for expensive room build outs requiring vaults. The goal of the system is to expand SRS brain therapy by making it easier and less expensive to acquire the treatment system. Sorensen spoke about this system in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting.

 

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Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019

Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

Conversations with Greg Freiherr: The Accuray Philosophy

ASTRO Puts Patients First

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.

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