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.

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 (...
MERCK and RefleXion Medical announced a collaboration to evaluate KETRUDA (immunotherapy) with biology-guided radiotherapy - BgRT -  a new radiation machine developed to treat all stages of cancer.

MERCK and RefleXion Medical announced a collaboration to evaluate KETRUDA (immunotherapy) with biology-guided radiotherapy - BgRT -  a new radiation machine developed to treat all stages of cancer.

 

News | Radiation Therapy | June 01, 2020
June 1, 2020 — RefleXion Medical, a therapeutic oncology company pioneering biology-guided radiotherapy (BgRT) for...
New radiopharmaceutical intended for PET imaging of metastatic breast cancer patients
News | Molecular Imaging | May 28, 2020
May 27, 2020 — PETNET Solutions, Inc., a Siemens Healthineers company, and Zionexa USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of...
Miami Cancer Institute’s Proton Therapy Center is the first in South Florida and the region’s top destination for this leading-edge treatment. Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation therapy that uses pencil beam scanning (PBS) technology.

Miami Cancer Institute’s Proton Therapy Center is the first in South Florida and the region’s top destination for this leading-edge treatment. Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation therapy that uses pencil beam scanning (PBS) technology.

Feature | Proton Therapy | May 27, 2020 | By Minesh Mehta, M.D.
Radiation therapy has advanced significantly in the last few decades as a result of a continued technological...
Technology becomes a state-of-the-art tool when it gets exposed to a structure that constantly tests it and allows it to evolve.

Technology becomes a state-of-the-art tool when it gets exposed to a structure that constantly tests it and allows it to evolve. Getty Images

Feature | Oncology Information Management Systems (OIMS) | May 27, 2020 | By Reshu Gupta
In the history of medicine, researchers have found cures for many diseases, but cancer has been elusive. The earliest...
Off-site imaging companies are playing a key role in the fight against COVID-19
Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 26, 2020 | By Sean Zahniser
After the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic has passed, hospitals are going to be overwhelmed with a large number of...
a Schematic of the system. The entire solid tumour is illuminated from four sides by a four-arm fibre bundle. A cylindrically focused linear array is designed to detect optoacoustic signals from the tumour. In vivo imaging is performed in conical scanning geometry by controlling the rotation and translation stages. The sensing part of the transducer array and the tumour are submerged in water to provide acoustic coupling. b Maximum intensity projections of the optoacoustic reconstruction of a phantom of pol

a Schematic of the system. The entire solid tumour is illuminated from four sides by a four-arm fibre bundle. A cylindrically focused linear array is designed to detect optoacoustic signals from the tumour. In vivo imaging is performed in conical scanning geometry by controlling the rotation and translation stages. The sensing part of the transducer array and the tumour are submerged in water to provide acoustic coupling. b Maximum intensity projections of the optoacoustic reconstruction of a phantom of polyethylene microspheres (diameter, 20 μm) dispersed in agar. The inset shows a zoomed-in view of the region boxed with a yellow dashed line. In addition, the yellow boxes are signal profiles along the xy and z axes across the microsphere centre, as well as the corresponding full width at half-maximum values. c Normalized absorption spectra of Hb, HbO2 and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). The spectrum for the AuNPs was obtained using a USB4000 spectrometer (Ocean Optics, Dunedin, FL, USA), while the spectra for Hb and HbO2 were taken from http://omlc.org/spectra/haemoglobin/index.html. The vertical dashed lines indicate the five wavelengths used to stimulate the three absorbers: 710, 750, 780, 810 and 850 nm. Optoacoustic signals were filtered into a low-frequency band (red) and high-frequency band (green), which were used to reconstruct separate images.

News | Breast Imaging | May 26, 2020
May 26, 2020 — Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. But individual tumors can vary significantly,...
A new technique developed by researchers at UC Davis offers a significant advance in using magnetic resonance imaging to pick out even very small tumors from normal tissue. The team created a probe that generates two magnetic resonance signals that suppress each other until they reach the target, at which point they both increase contrast between the tumor and surrounding tissue

A new technique developed by researchers at UC Davis offers a significant advance in using magnetic resonance imaging to pick out even very small tumors from normal tissue. The team created a probe that generates two magnetic resonance signals that suppress each other until they reach the target, at which point they both increase contrast between the tumor and surrounding tissue. Image courtesy of Xiandoing Xue, UC Davis

News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | May 26, 2020
May 26, 2020 — Researchers at the University of California, Davis offers a significant advance in using magnetic...
Sponsored Content | Videos | Contrast Media Injectors | May 22, 2020
At this year’s RSNA ITN sat down with Dennis Durmis, Senior Vice President, Bayer Radiology to discuss Radiology trends...
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...
In response to the significant healthcare delivery changes brought on by COVID-19, Varian has launched new capabilities for its Noona software application, a powerful tool designed to engage cancer patients in their care for continuous reporting and symptom monitoring.
News | Radiation Oncology | May 21, 2020
May 21, 2020 — In response to the significant healthcare delivery changes brought on by COVID-19, Varian has launched...
The global radiation therapy market is expected to reach $10.11 billion in 2024, witnessing growth at a CAGR of 3.38%, over the period 2020-2024.
News | Proton Therapy | May 20, 2020
May 20, 2020 — ResearchAndMarkets.com has released its latest report, the "Global Radiation Therapy Market with Focus...
Promising clinical research supports Xoft brain IORT as a viable treatment option for glioblastoma multiforme that may extend patients’ lives
News | Brachytherapy Systems | May 19, 2020
May 19, 2020 —   iCAD, Inc. announced positive new clinical data supporting the Xoft Axxent Electronic Brachytherapy (...
News | Tomotherapy | May 19, 2020
May 19, 2020 — Accuray Incorporated announced that MedTech Breakthrough, an independent market intelligence...
In a new study to help oncologists address the challenges COVID-19-positive lung cancer patients present, a team of global lung cancer specialists published a review of lung cancer treatments for patients with COVID-19

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 18, 2020
May 18, 2020 — Lung cancer patients are at heightened risk for COVID-19 and the reported high mortality rate among lung...
An innovative radiation treatment that could one day be a valuable addition to conventional radiation therapy for inoperable brain and spinal tumors is a step closer, thanks to new research led by University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers at the Canadian Light Source (CLS).

USask PhD bio-medical engineering student Farley Chicilo at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron at University of Saskatchewan. Photo courtesy of Canadian Light Source, University of Saskatchewan

News | Radiation Therapy | May 14, 2020
May 14, 2020 — An innovative radiation treatment that could one day be a valuable addition to conventional radiation...
Medical University of South Carolina researchers have developed and validated prediction tools, known as nomograms, that could be used to help prevent delays in the initiation of radiotherapy after surgery for head and neck cancer

 

Evan Graboyes, M.D., and his team believe their nomogram tools will improve survival rates for head and neck cancer patients. Photo courtesy of MUSC Hollings Cancer Center

 

News | Radiation Oncology | May 14, 2020
May 14, 2020 — More than 65,000 Americans are diagnosed annually with head and neck cancer, which most often occurs...
Maximum-intensity projections, transaxial fusion, and PET images of 18F-PSMA1007 (A-C) and 68Ga-PSMA-11 (D-F) PET/CT scans of 67-y-old patient with GS 8 and PSA 4.9 ng/mL. Marked uptake is seen in urinary bladder and left ureter (arrow) on maximum-intensity projection image of 68Ga-PSMA-11 (D), as opposed to nearly negligible 18F-PSMA-1007 urinary excretion (A). Dominant lesion in left prostatic lobe is evident on both scans (arrowheads). However, second lesion is seen in right lobe only on 18F-PSMA-1007 sc

Maximum-intensity projections, transaxial fusion, and PET images of 18F-PSMA1007 (A-C) and 68Ga-PSMA-11 (D-F) PET/CT scans of 67-y-old patient with GS 8 and PSA 4.9 ng/mL. Marked uptake is seen in urinary bladder and left ureter (arrow) on maximum-intensity projection image of 68Ga-PSMA-11 (D), as opposed to nearly negligible 18F-PSMA-1007 urinary excretion (A). Dominant lesion in left prostatic lobe is evident on both scans (arrowheads). However, second lesion is seen in right lobe only on 18F-PSMA-1007 scan (arrow in C), later verified on pathology as true malignant lesion. Images created by J. Kuten et al., Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

News | Prostate Cancer | May 12, 2020
May 12, 2020 — The novel radiopharmaceutical 18F-PSMA-1007 is both effective and readily available for detecting...