ASTRO

This page includes the latest news from the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), including news and video coverage from the society's annual meeting. ASTRO is the premier radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who are physicians, nurses, biologist, physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and other healthcare professionals who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapy. 

Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs - Food and Drug Administration, discussed The COVID-19 Pandemic — Finding Solutions, Applying Lessons Learned, on June 1

Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs - Food and Drug Administration

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 05, 2020
June 5, 2020 — The following speech was delivered by Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs - Food and...
Despite facing challenges such as limited access to personal protective equipment (PPE) following the COVID-19 outbreak, radiation oncology clinics quickly implemented safety and process enhancements that allowed them to continue caring for cancer patients, according to a new national survey from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 21, 2020
May 21, 2020 — Despite facing challenges such as limited access to personal protective equipment (PPE) following the...
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News | ASTRO | May 04, 2020
May 4, 2020 — Although the 2020 ASTRO Annual Meeting is still months away, the American Society for Radiation Oncology...
360 Photos | 360 View Photos | April 30, 2020
The company .decimal at ASTRO showed a 3-D printing technology where radiation therapy (RT) bolus shields can be...
Varian received FDA clearance for its Ethos therapy in February 2020. It is an adaptive intelligence solution that uses onboard AI in the treatment system to take the cone beam CT imaging on the system, compare it to the treatment plan and deliver an entire adaptive treatment plan in a typical 15-minute treatment time slot, from patient setup through treatment delivery.

Varian received FDA clearance for its Ethos therapy in February 2020, shown here displayed for the first time at ASTRO 2019. It is an adaptive intelligence solution that uses onboard AI in the treatment system to take the cone beam CT imaging on the system, compare it to the treatment plan and deliver an entire adaptive treatment plan in a typical 15-minute treatment time slot, from patient setup through treatment delivery.

Feature | Treatment Planning | April 03, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
The traditional treatment planning process takes days to create an optimized radiation therapy delivery plan, but new...
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News | Prostate Cancer | March 30, 2020
March 30, 2020 — In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a team of radiation oncologists from the U.S. and U.K. is...
Novel scanners may open door for prognostic assessment in patients receiving cochlear implants

Iva Speck, MD, explains research showing that novel, fully digital, high-resolution positron emission tomography/computed tomography imaging of small brain stem nuclei can provide clinicians with valuable information concerning the auditory pathway in patients with hearing impairment. The research is featured in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine (read more at http://jnm.snmjournals.org/content/current). Video courtesy of Iva Speck, University Hospital Freiburg, Germany.

News | PET-CT | March 26, 2020
March 26, 2020 — Novel, fully digital, high-resolution positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT)...
Reflexion eceived marketing clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) for its RefleXion X1 machine
News | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | March 13, 2020
March 13, 2020 — RefleXion Medical, a therapeutic oncology company pioneering the use of biology-guided radiotherapy (...
 “Cyclotrons used in Nuclear Medicine Report & Directory, Edition 2020” that describes close to 1,500 medical cyclotrons worldwide
News | Nuclear Imaging | March 10, 2020
March 10, 2020 — MEDraysintell released its new and unique report “Cyclotrons used in Nuclear Medicine Report &...
Accuray Incorporated announced that Mercy Hospital St. Louis continues to demonstrate its commitment to improving patient outcomes with the installation of the first CyberKnife M6 System in Missouri at their state-of-the-art David C. Pratt Cancer Center
News | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | February 27, 2020
February 27, 2020 — Accuray Incorporated announced that Mercy Hospital St. Louis continues to demonstrate its...
Nuclear imaging equipment growth in 2020
News | Nuclear Imaging | February 14, 2020
February 14, 2020 — The nuclear imaging equipment market in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is expected to grow at a...
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has been awarded a new one-year contract from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop quality indicators (QI) for radiation treatments provided to veterans with head and neck, breast and gastrointestinal cancers
News | Radiation Therapy | February 13, 2020
February 13, 2020 — The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has been awarded a new one-year contract from...
Varian announced it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Ethos therapy, an Adaptive Intelligence solution. Ethos therapy is an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven holistic solution that provides an opportunity to transform cancer care.
News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | February 11, 2020
February 11, 2020 — Varian announced it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Ethos therapy, an Adaptive...
The radiation therapy market is projected to grow in through 2026

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News | Proton Therapy | February 10, 2020
February 10, 2020 — Amid technological advancement, and notable research and development activities, the global ...
Accuray TomoTherapy total body irradiation
News | Radiation Therapy | February 07, 2020
February 7, 2020 — Accuray Incorporated announced that two new studies demonstrate the benefits of the TomoTherapy ...
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Blog | Artificial Intelligence | February 03, 2020
It is not that smart algorithms will one day become too smart, as some fear; not that smart machines will one day...
Elekta Unity MR Linac system
News | Radiation Oncology | January 30, 2020
January 30, 2020 — Elekta announced that it signed a contract with the Institut Jules Bordet, Brussels, for an Elekta...
ringing the cancer bell can do more harm than good, says an ASTRO study

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News | Radiation Oncology | January 27, 2020
January 27, 2020 — It's a scene that some cancer patients dream about: they celebrate the end of a course of radiation...
Lung cancer patients who are inactive prior to chemoradiation are less likely to tolerate treatment and more likely to see their cancer return
News | Lung Cancer | January 08, 2020
January 8, 2020 — Numerous studies have shown that monitoring physical activity promotes better health – from reducing...
Beamscan MR for ViewRay MRIdian and for Elekta Unity

Beamscan MR for ViewRay MRIdian and for Elekta Unity

News | Radiation Therapy | December 23, 2019
December 23, 2019 — The Beamscan MR motorized 3-D water phantom provides a dedicated, fully equipped solution for beam...