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.

Purdue University-discovered fluorescent markers to target and illuminate cancer during surgery, has announced the results of a multi-institutional Phase 2 clinical trial in which outcomes were improved for 26 percent of patients undergoing pulmonary resection for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

A Purdue discovery being developed by On Target Laboratories Inc., illuminates lung cancer cells on a patient during surgery. The “fluorescent markers” help medical professionals identify and remove cancer cells during surgery and is shown to improve outcomes. The technology is beginning Phase 3 clinical trials. (Photo provided by On Target)

News | Molecular Imaging | February 06, 2020
February 6, 2020 — On Target Laboratories Inc., a privately held biotechnology company developing the use of Purdue...
The luminescent oxygen probe PtG4 is injected during the week of radiation treatment and localizes between the cells of the tumor as illustrated by microscopy

An oxygen map image recovered from a mouse undergoing radiation therapy. The luminescent oxygen probe PtG4 is injected during the week of radiation treatment and localizes between the cells of the tumor as illustrated by microscopy (red). Image courtesy of Brian Pogue, PhD

News | Radiation Therapy | February 03, 2020
February 3, 2020 — Oxygen in cancer tumors is known to be a major factor that helps radiation therapy be successful....
News | Clinical Trials | February 03, 2020
February 3, 2020 — Melding the genetic and cellular analysis of tumors with how they appear in medical images could...
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...
Automated Triage of Thyroid Cancer

73-year-old man with papillary carcinoma of left lobe of thyroid. Screen shot shows example of thyroid nodule annotation (segmentation and TI-RADS annotation) performed on ultrasound image in longitudinal projection with electronic Physician Annotation Device software (Stanford Medicine Radiology). Radiologists performed nodule segmentation by selecting points (red) on nodule outline (green), while controlling smoothing of outline polygon by means of spline interpolation.

News | Ultrasound Imaging | January 30, 2020
January 30, 2020 — According to an article published ahead-of-print in the April issue of the American Journal of...
IBA ProteusOne proton therapy system
News | Proton Therapy | January 29, 2020
January 29, 2020 — IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) announced that it has signed a contract and received a major down...
ringing the cancer bell can do more harm than good, says an ASTRO study

Image courtesy of ASTRO

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...
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and Tampere University in Finland have developed a method based on artificial intelligence (AI) for histopathological diagnosis and grading of prostate cancer

From left: Peter Ström, Martin Eklund, Kimmo Kartasalo, Henrik Olsson och Lars Egevad, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. Photo courtesy of Stefan Zimmerman

News | Prostate Cancer | January 20, 2020
January 20, 2020 — Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and Tampere University in Finland have developed a...
Trends in Overall Cancer Mortality Rates by Sex, United States, 1930 to 2017. Rates are age adjusted to the 2000 US standard population

Trends in Overall Cancer Mortality Rates by Sex, United States, 1930 to 2017. Rates are age adjusted to the 2000 US standard population. Chart courtesy of the American Cancer Society

News | Radiation Oncology | January 13, 2020
January 13, 2020 — The cancer death rate declined by 29 percent from 1991 to 2017, including a 2.2 percent drop from...
prostate cancer study
News | Prostate Cancer | January 13, 2020
January 13, 2020 — Researchers at Radboud university medical center have developed a "deep learning" system that is...
Professor Samer Ezziddin, M.D., from Saarland University/Saarland University Hospital.

Professor Samer Ezziddin, M.D., from Saarland University/Saarland University Hospital. Image courtesy of Saarland University/Thorsten Mohr

 

News | Prostate Cancer | January 13, 2020
January 13, 2020 — When a non-scientist tries to imagine a scientist, the image that often arises is one of a somewhat...
Accuray CyberKnife
News | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | January 09, 2020
January 9, 2020 — Accuray Incorporated announced today data from a prospective study which showed that at five years,...
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...
Six of the top 20 radiotherapy stories in 2019 involved proton therapy. This includes two video inetrviews shot during a site visit to the Northwestern Medicine Proton Center in the Chicago suburb of Warrenville, Ill.

Six of the top 20 radiotherapy stories in 2019 involved proton therapy. This includes two video inetrviews shot during a site visit to the Northwestern Medicine Proton Center in the Chicago suburb of Warrenville, Ill.

Feature | Radiation Oncology | January 03, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
January 3, 2020 — Here is the top 20 pieces of radiation oncology content on the Imaging Technology News (ITN) website...
prostate cancer UCL study
News | Prostate Cancer | January 03, 2020
January 3, 2020 — Nearly one in six deaths from prostate cancer could be prevented if targeted screening was introduced...
Artificial intelligence was by far the hottest topic in both radiology and radiation oncology in 2019, and AI is the subject of 8 of the top 2019 ITN videos. This image is a prostate treatment plan created autonomously by an AI algorithm from RaySearch and is the subject of the No. 2 video on the list. Deep learning in radiology and radiation oncology.

Artificial intelligence was by far the hottest topic in both radiology and radiation oncology in 2019, and AI is the subject of 8 of the top 2019 ITN videos. This image is a prostate treatment plan created autonomously by a machine learning algorithm from RaySearch and is the subject of the No. 2 video on the list. 

Feature | December 30, 2019
Here are the top 20 best performing videos posted on the Imaging Technology News website (ITN) from the past year,...
The AIP's RAIDEN AI supercomputer

The AIP's RAIDEN AI supercomputer

News | Artificial Intelligence | December 27, 2019
December 27, 2019 — Artificial intelligence (AI) technology developed by the RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence...
Ferrotran (formerly Combidex), based on Ferumoxtran-10, is the only contrast agent which can detect lymph node metastases as small as 2 mm diameter

Ferrotran (formerly Combidex), based on Ferumoxtran-10, is the only contrast agent which can detect lymph node metastases as small as 2 mm diameter. Standard MRI or CT are not able to detect lymph node metastases smaller than 7 – 8 mm. Since most of the oncologic patients are dying due to metastases, a precise diagnostic is of utmost importance. The detection of small metastases, combined with the very clear and contrast rich MRI image of Ferrotran, enables an earlier and more precise treatment. Therefore, Ferrotran gives the patient a much higher chance of recovery.

News | Prostate Cancer | December 24, 2019
December 24, 2019 — SPL Medical announced today that the first patient has been successfully diagnosed with suspected...
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...
radiation exposure triggers an immune response in the brain that severs connections between nerve cells
News | Clinical Trials | December 17, 2019
December 17, 2019 — One of the potentially life-altering side effects that patients experience after cranial...