Radiation Oncology

Radiation oncology is a medical specialty that uses radiation therapy to treat cancer. The radiation therapy channel covers all aspects of radiation oncology technology. Radiation therapy includes linear accelerators (LINAC), proton therapybrachytherapyimage guided radiation therapy (IGRT)focused ultrasoundstereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), treatment planning systems and tomotherapy.

At the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting, new artificial intelligence (AI) software to assist with radiotherapy treatment planning systems was highlighted. The goal of the AI-based systems is to save staff time, while still allowing clinicians to do the final patient review. 
Feature | Treatment Planning | July 08, 2020 | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane
At the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting, new artificial intelligence (AI) software to...
Changes outlined in new draft U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) lung cancer screening recommendations will greatly increase the number of Americans eligible for screening and help medical providers save thousands more lives each year.

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News | Lung Cancer | July 08, 2020
July 8, 2020 — Changes outlined in new draft U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) lung cancer screening...
Radiotherapy has been used to treat cancers for more than a century and continues to be utilized in cancer treatment plans today. Since the introduction of radiotherapy, clinicians have been working tirelessly to further refine treatments to better target cancer.
Feature | Radiation Therapy | July 06, 2020 | By Yves Archambault
Everything has room for improvement, right? Right. When it comes to cancer care, it is no different. Researchers, drug...
Proton therapy has evolved, and future predictions include smaller systems, more sophisticated proton dosimetry and devices that manipulate the proton beam
Feature | Proton Therapy | July 06, 2020 | By Minesh Mehta, M.D.
The field of proton therapy is continuing to see explosive growth. In the past decade alone, technological advances...
Advanced Radiation Therapy has completed the first AccuBoost Digital installation at Rhode Island Hospital (RIH). This state-of-the-art platform leverages the superior resolution of digital mammography in the delivery of breast radiation therapy.
News | Breast Imaging | July 06, 2020
July 6, 2020 — Advanced Radiation Therapy has completed the first AccuBoost Digital installation at Rhode Island...
Researchers reviewed results of prostate biopsies on over 3,400 men who had targets identified on prostate MRI and found that the positive predictive value of the test for prostate cancer was highly variable at different sites
News | Prostate Cancer | July 01, 2020
July 1, 2020 — Prostate MRI is an emerging technology used to identify and guide treatment for prostate cancer and has...
Cardiac MR can offer data above and beyond anatomical imaging, which is the main reason why this system was installed at Baylor Scott White Heart Hospital in Dallas. The system is a dedicated heart MRI scanner.

Cardiac MR can offer data above and beyond anatomical imaging, which is the main reason why this system was installed at Baylor Scott White Heart Hospital in Dallas. The system is a dedicated heart MRI scanner.

News | Pediatric Imaging | June 29, 2020
June 29, 2020 — A type of smart magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan used in people with heart disease could help...
 Accuray Incorporated announced the company has launched the CyberKnife S7 System, an innovative device combining speed, advanced precision and real-time artificial intelligence (AI)-driven motion tracking and synchronization treatment delivery for all stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) treatments — in as little as 15 minutes.
News | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | June 26, 2020
June 26, 2020 — Accuray Incorporated announced the company has launched the CyberKnife S7 System, an innovative device...
Case abstraction study period was from 10 March to 7 April 2020. Follow-up of abstracted cases was until 7 May 2020.

Case abstraction study period was from 10 March to 7 April 2020. Follow-up of abstracted cases was until 7 May 2020. Courtesy of Nature Medicine

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 25, 2020
June 25, 2020 — The characterization of COVID-19 in patients with cancer remains limited in published studies and...
Neurosurgeon Jason Sheehan, M.D., Ph.D., of UVA Health, is pioneering the use of focused ultrasound to treat glioblastoma, the deadliest brain tumor. Image courtesy of UVA Health

Neurosurgeon Jason Sheehan, M.D., Ph.D., of UVA Health, is pioneering the use of focused ultrasound to treat glioblastoma, the deadliest brain tumor. Image courtesy of UVA Health

News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | June 23, 2020
June 23, 2020 — An innovative use of focused ultrasound being pioneered at the University of Virginia School of...
Mevion Medical Systems and Orfit Industries announced that the Aerial Couch Top is validated for use on the Mevion S250 Series Proton Therapy Systems.
News | Proton Therapy | June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020 —  Mevion Medical Systems and Orfit Industries announced that the Aerial Couch Top is validated for use...
The Global Contrast Injectors Market will grow by $613.47M during 2020-2024, according to Technavio
News | Contrast Media Injectors | June 17, 2020
June 17, 2020 — Technavio has been monitoring the contrast injectors market and it is poised to grow by $613.47M during...
News | Proton Therapy | June 16, 2020
June 17, 2020 — RaySearch Laboratories AB launched the latest release of its widely adopted treatment planning system...
Philips connects oncologists and pathologists around the world to MD Anderson’s Precision Oncology Decision Support (PODS) system of actionable clinical information

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News | Clinical Decision Support | June 16, 2020
June 16, 2020 — Philips and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center announced a collaboration to provide...
A new clinical guideline from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) provides recommendations for radiation therapy to treat patients with nonmetastatic cervical cancer.
News | Radiation Therapy | June 10, 2020
June 10, 2020 — A new clinical guideline from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) provides...
Clinicians can access DLCExpert online (DLCOnline) to help them manage the backlog of cases which has built up during the crisis
News | Artificial Intelligence | June 09, 2020
June 9, 2020 — Mirada Medical, a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) software for the treatment of cancer,...
Vacancy rates for radiation therapists rose substantially since 2018, according to a survey performed this year by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Researchers noted, however, the survey data was collected before the COVID-19 pandemic began affecting the surveyed clinical settings.

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News | Radiation Therapy | June 05, 2020
June 5, 2020 — Vacancy rates for radiation therapists rose substantially since 2018, according to a survey performed...
Early diagnosis of cancer is one of the highest-priority problem for the healthcare system, because it is critical for overall treatment success and saving patients' lives. Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI) may be used to detect a malignancy in various tissues and organs. It has the advantage of providing insight into the diffusion of water molecules in body tissues without exposing patients to radiation.

DWI of the phantom with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) solutions (b value 500 s/mm2). Image courtesy of Kristina Sergunova et al.

News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 02, 2020
June 2, 2020 — Early diagnosis of cancer is one of the highest-priority problem for the healthcare system, because it...
RaySearch Laboratories AB and Varian Medical Systems have entered into an interoperability agreement that will allow the RayCare oncology information system to connect to Varian TrueBeam linear accelerators
News | Oncology Information Management Systems (OIMS) | June 01, 2020
June 1, 2020 — RaySearch Laboratories AB and Varian Medical Systems have entered into an interoperability agreement...
The FDA has approved Lilly’s TAUVID (flortaucipir F 18 injection), a radioactive diagnostic agent, for PET imaging of the brain to estimate the density and distribution of aggregated tau neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) in adult patients with cognitive impairment who are being evaluated for Alzheimer’s disease

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News | Contrast Media | June 01, 2020
June 1, 2020 — TAUVID, a radioactive diagnostic agent, has been approved by the FDA for positron emission tomography (...