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.

“Distinction in Stereotactic Radiotherapy” offers comprehensive accreditation program for SRS/SBRT clinical practice and physics quality assurance

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News | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | February 26, 2021
February 26, 2021 — The Radiosurgery Society (RSS), a non-profit medical society dedicated to advancing the science and...
AiCure, an AI and data analytics company focused on improving clinical trials, and OncoBay Clinical, a full-service boutique contract research organization (CRO) specializing in the simplification of complex oncology programs, today announced a strategic partnership to provide oncology sponsors with scalable, AI-powered insights to improve patient care and optimize drug development.
News | Artificial Intelligence | February 25, 2021
February 25, 2021 —  AiCure, an AI and data analytics company focused on improving clinical trials, and OncoBay...
F-18 FES PET images of patients with ER+/PR+/HER2- invasive ductal carcinoma. Left panel: Progressive disease seen at the 8-week time-point in a patient on sequential therapy. Right panel: Stable disease through all 3 time-points, remaining on study therapy for 6.7 months until disease progression on combined vorinostat aromatase inhibitor therapy. Image created by Lanell M Peterson, Research Scientist, University of Washington Medical Oncology, Seattle WA.

F-18 FES PET images of patients with ER+/PR+/HER2- invasive ductal carcinoma. Left panel: Progressive disease seen at the 8-week time-point in a patient on sequential therapy. Right panel: Stable disease through all 3 time-points, remaining on study therapy for 6.7 months until disease progression on combined vorinostat aromatase inhibitor therapy. Image created by Lanell M Peterson, Research Scientist, University of Washington Medical Oncology, Seattle WA.

News | Molecular Imaging | February 22, 2021
February 22, 2021 — Molecular imaging can successfully predict response to a novel treatment for ER-positive, HER2-...
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Feature | February 17, 2021
Imaging Technology News (ITN) maintains more than 40 comparison charts of product specifications from various vendors,...
Insightec plans to expand in Latin America through a partnership with Strattner
News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | February 16, 2021
February 16, 2021 — Insightec, a global healthcare company focused on creating the next generation of patient care,...
Immunotherapy-based precision medicine clinical trials being developed

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News | Prostate Cancer | February 16, 2021
February 16, 2021 — Black men die more often of prostate cancer yet, paradoxically, have greater survival benefits from...
The Milton and Caroll Petrie Department of Urology at Mount Sinai has received a $3.8 million donation from philanthropist Robert F. Smith to launch the Robert F. Smith Mobile MRI Unit in partnership with the Mount Sinai Health System to support prostate health in the Black community.

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News | Prostate Cancer | February 12, 2021
February 12, 2021 — The Milton and Caroll Petrie Department of Urology at Mount Sinai has received a $3.8 million...
ZAP Surgical Systems, Inc. announced 18 new system orders in 2020 for its recently commercialized ZAP-X Gyroscopic Radiosurgery platform.
News | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | February 12, 2021
February 12, 2021 — ZAP Surgical Systems, Inc. announced 18 new system orders in 2020 for its recently commercialized...
Phase III clinical trial of men with a clinical suspicion of prostate cancer finds MRI with targeted biopsies to be more accurate at diagnosis and less intrusive than current standard
News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | February 08, 2021
February 8, 2021 — The results of a Phase III randomized clinical trial have shown that when it comes to detecting...

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News | Breast Imaging | February 08, 2021
February 8, 2021 — Cancer ranks as a leading cause of death in every country in the world, and, for the first time,...

Images in 69-year-old man with biopsy-confirmed Gleason score 7 (3+4) prostate cancer. (a) Pretreatment axial T2-weighted fast spin-echo MRI scan (repetition time msec/echo time msec, 3820/97) shows tumor in midline anterior transition zone (arrow). (b) Intraoperative MRI scan shows contoured rectal wall (red line), prostate margin (blue outline), and region of interest (orange outline). Because the urethra was included in planned treatment volume, a suprapubic catheter was placed for continuous bladder drainage during treatment. (c) Intraoperative MRI scan shows focused ultrasound beam path (blue) overlaid on treatment plan. Rectangles illustrate each sonication spot. (d) Thermal map image obtained during treatment with heat deposition color coded in red overlaid on sonication spot. (e) Axial gadopentetate dimeglumine-enhanced MRI scan (230/2.97) obtained immediately after treatment shows devascularized ablated volume (arrows). (f) Corresponding T2-weighted fast spin-echo MRI scan (3820/97) at 5 months after ablation shows complete involution of transition zone. All seven cores from treatment area margins were negative for cancer at biopsy. Image courtesy of the Radiological Society of North America

News | Prostate Cancer | February 05, 2021
February 5, 2021 — A technique that delivers high-intensity focused ultrasound to targeted tissue under MRI guidance...
Real Time Imaging Technologies LLC iannounced that it has received U.S. Patent No. 10,898,070 IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHODS which covers the company’s methods for incorporating microlens into X-ray imaging detectors that enables significantly lower radiation dose without compromising image resolution.

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News | Radiation Dose Management | February 05, 2021
February 5, 2021 — Real Time Imaging Technologies LLC has received U.S. Patent No. 10,898,070 IMAGING APPARATUS AND...
 GenesisCare — one of the leading oncology providers in the United States, Australia, Spain, and the United Kingdom — announced the addition of a game-changing adaptive therapy, the Ethos.
News | Radiation Therapy | February 04, 2021
February 4, 2021 —  GenesisCare — one of the leading oncology providers in the United States, Australia, Spain, and the...
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News | Radiology Education | February 03, 2021
February 3, 2021 — At ITN, we often provide our readers with online educational opportunities, including webinars,...
Bright spots indicate that cancer cells have responded to a one-day challenge with estrogen in this positron emission tomography (PET) scan of a woman with breast cancer. In a small study, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that only women whose tumors responded to estrogen challenge benefited from hormone therapy. The findings could help doctors choose the treatments most likely to help their patients. Image courtesy of Farrokh Dehdashti

Bright spots indicate that cancer cells have responded to a one-day challenge with estrogen in this positron emission tomography (PET) scan of a woman with breast cancer. In a small study, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that only women whose tumors responded to estrogen challenge benefited from hormone therapy. The findings could help doctors choose the treatments most likely to help their patients. Image courtesy of Farrokh Dehdashti

News | PET Imaging | February 03, 2021
February 3, 2021 — Hormone therapy commonly is given as a targeted treatment for women whose cancer cells carry...
Ludwig Chicago Co-director Ralph Weichselbaum and Kaiting Yang, a postdoctoral researcher in Weichselbaum's lab.

Ludwig Chicago Co-director Ralph Weichselbaum and Kaiting Yang, a postdoctoral researcher in Weichselbaum's lab. Image courtesy of Ludwig Cancer Research

News | Radiation Therapy | January 28, 2021
January 28, 2021 — A study led by Ludwig Chicago Co-director Ralph Weichselbaum, M.D., and Yang-Xin Fu, M.D., Ph.D., of...
Aquilion Exceed LB CT System offers industry’s largest bore and widest field-of-view
News | Computed Tomography (CT) | January 25, 2021
Janaury 25, 2021 —Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has received FDA clearance for the Aquilion Exceed LB CT system,...
An additional external-beam radiation dose delivered directly to the tumor can benefit the prospects of men with non-metastatic prostate cancer, without causing additional side effects. The risk of relapse within five years for these men is smaller than for men who did not receive this boost, as shown by a large-scale study initiated by UMC Utrecht in collaboration with the Netherlands Cancer Institute, UZ Leuven and Radboudumc.
News | Prostate Cancer | January 25, 2021
January 25, 2021 — An additional external-beam radiation dose delivered directly to the tumor can benefit the prospects...
MRI Targeted biopsy is performed using cognitive fusion more easily with anatomical guidance based on the radiology report. MRI targets can be identified quickly in real-time along with micro-ultrasound targets, which may have been missed on MRI.

MRI Targeted biopsy is performed using cognitive fusion more easily with anatomical guidance based on the radiology report. MRI targets can be identified quickly in real-time along with micro-ultrasound targets, which may have been missed on MRI. Image courtesy of Exact Imaging

Feature | Prostate Cancer | January 20, 2021 | By Brian Wodlinger, Ph.D.
Historically when a patient had an elevated PSA (prostate specific antigen) test their urologist would take the next...
The exceptionally high dose rate of the FLASH Beam is 3,000 times higher than normal therapy treatment (300 Gray per second vs. 0.1 Gray per second, Gray being a standard unit measuring absorbed radiation). Instead of treatment over 20 seconds, an entire treatment is completed in 6 milliseconds, giving the therapy its nickname, "FLASH." Image courtesy of Brian Pogue, PhD

The exceptionally high dose rate of the FLASH Beam is 3,000 times higher than normal therapy treatment (300 Gray per second vs. 0.1 Gray per second, Gray being a standard unit measuring absorbed radiation). Instead of treatment over 20 seconds, an entire treatment is completed in 6 milliseconds, giving the therapy its nickname, "FLASH." Image courtesy of Brian Pogue, PhD

News | Linear Accelerators | January 20, 2021
January 20, 2021 — A joint team of researchers from Radiation Oncology at Dartmouth's and Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Norris...