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.

Nuance Dragon Medical One cloud-based speech recognition solution reduces burden to clinicians and helps improve quality of available cancer data
News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 24, 2020
August 24, 2020 — Nuance Communications, Inc. and Mitre announced a strategic collaboration to advance the mCODE (...
Single-dose radiotherapy replaces need for extra hospital visits, with benefits for patient safety and well-being

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News | Women's Health | August 20, 2020
August 20, 2020— For most women with early breast cancer, a single dose of targeted radiotherapy during surgery is just...
Public health screening guidelines for lung cancer followed by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) undercount African Americans, contributing to disparities in lung cancer screening and treatment, according to a study published today in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.

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News | Lung Imaging | August 19, 2020
August 19, 2020 — Public health screening guidelines for lung cancer followed by the United States Preventive Services...
The results of an online questionnaire of 609 breast cancer survivors in the U.S. suggest that nearly half of patients experienced delays in care during the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | August 19, 2020
August 19, 2020 — The results of an online questionnaire of 609 breast cancer survivors in the U.S. suggest that nearly...
Smoking is strongly linked to lower use of cancer screening services by women, and more advanced disease once cancer is diagnosed, reveals research published in the online journal BMJ Open.

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News | Lung Imaging | August 14, 2020
August 14, 2020 — Smoking is strongly linked to lower use of cancer screening services by women, and more advanced...
Rafael Rivero, M.D., Global Head of Medical Affairs at MSI, said: "The importance of MyoStrain cannot be understated because of the test's immense clinical value and ability to quantify intramyocardial dysfunction across 48 segments of the heart. In a six-heartbeat MRI scan, MyoStrain arms physicians with novel clinical information about a patient's heart health."
News | Cardiac Imaging | August 11, 2020
August 11, 2020 — Myocardial Solutions, Inc. and United Imaging, Inc. have formed a strategic partnership to open new...
A special issue of the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences features stories about the interpersonal skills beyond the technical aspects to care for and guide patients through medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures

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News | Patient Engagement | August 11, 2020
August 11, 2020 — "I went into the MRI bracing for the wave of panic I knew would come as soon as I was strapped down...
Results of Journal of the American College of Surgeons study should reassure breast cancer patients who experienced surgical postponements due to COVID-19 pandemic

Association between Time to Operation and Pathological Stage in DCIS & ER+ Breast Cancer. Courtesy of American College of Surgeons

News | Women's Health | August 07, 2020
August 7, 2020 — A new breast cancer study brings reassuring findings for women with early-stage breast cancer who were...

An oncologist practices social distancing while talking to a cancer patient. Image courtesy of University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | August 07, 2020
August 7, 2020 — When COVID-19 struck, health care pivoted hard. Any unnecessary procedures or appointments were...
Global radiotherapy market revenue is set to expand from $7,222.4 million in 2019 to $17,194.4 million by 2030, at an 8.4% CAGR between 2020 and 2030, the key factor driving the market growth is the increasing number of cancer cases, according to the report published by P&S Intelligence.

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News | Radiation Therapy | August 06, 2020
August 6, 2020 — Global radiotherapy market revenue is set to expand from $7,222.4 million in 2019 to $17,194.4 million...
According to the new market research report "Radiation Dose Management Market by Products & Services (Standalone Solutions, Integrated Solutions, Services), Modality (Computed Tomography, Nuclear Medicine), Application (Oncology, Cardiology, Orthopedic), End User (Hospitals) - Global Forecast to 2025", published by MarketsandMarkets, the radiation dose management market is projected to reach USD 422.65 million by 2025 from USD 220.22 million in 2020, at a CAGR of 13.9%.

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News | Radiation Dose Management | August 03, 2020
August 3, 2020 — According to the new market research report "Radiation Dose Management Market by Products &...
Siemens AG is continuing to rigorously execute its Vision 2020+ strategy and therefore expressly welcomes Siemens Healthineers AG’s acquisition of a 100 percent stake in Varian Medical Systems, Inc., a U.S. company active in the area of cancer research and therapy.

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News | Radiology Business | August 03, 2020
August 3, 2020 — Siemens AG is continuing to rigorously execute its Vision 2020+ strategy and therefore expressly...
JAMA Oncol. Published online  July 30, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.2783

Table 1. JAMA Oncol. Published online  July 30, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.2783

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 31, 2020
July 31, 2020 — An article published in JAMA Oncology addresses the delivery of radiotherapy in 209 patients with...
Older Americans may be receiving cancer screenings not recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

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News | Radiology Imaging | July 31, 2020
July 31, 2020 — Older Americans may be receiving cancer screenings not recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task...
Clarity Pharmaceuticals, a radiopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of serious disease, and ImaginAb, Inc., a company that harnesses the specificity of monoclonal antibodies, have entered into a collaboration agreement to develop new targeted theranostic (diagnostic and therapy) products for a broad range of cancer types.
News | Radiation Oncology | July 29, 2020
July 29, 2020 — Clarity Pharmaceuticals, a radiopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of serious disease, and...
It has been estimated that the overwhelming focus on COVID-19 could cause up to 35,000 excess cancer deaths in the UK during the next 12 months, and  Zegami, the Oxford University data visualization spin-out which has worked on several projects focused on the detection, diagnosis, or management of cancer, is calling for greater use of technology to speed up the process of diagnosis and treatment.

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News | Radiation Oncology | July 29, 2020
July 29, 2020 — It has been estimated that the overwhelming focus on COVID-19 could cause up to 35,000 excess cancer...
Prostate biopsy with cancer probability (blue is low, red is high). This case was originally diagnosed as benign but changed to cancer upon further review. The AI accurately detected cancer in this tricky case. Image courtesy of Ibex Medical Analytics

Prostate biopsy with cancer probability (blue is low, red is high). This case was originally diagnosed as benign but changed to cancer upon further review. The AI accurately detected cancer in this tricky case. Image courtesy of Ibex Medical Analytics

News | Prostate Cancer | July 28, 2020
July 28, 2020 — A study published in The Lancet Digital Health by UPMC and University of Pittsburgh researchers...
Zebra Medical Vision announced its sixth FDA 510(k) clearance for its mammography solution, HealthMammo, which has already received a CE mark. Zebra Medical’s algorithm empowers breast radiologists by prioritizing and identifying suspicious mammograms, providing a safety net for radiologists. The suspicious mammograms are identified faster and read earlier than the current “first-in first-out” standard of care. 
News | Breast Imaging | July 27, 2020
July 26, 2020 —  Zebra Medical Vision announced its sixth FDA 510(k) clearance for its mammography solution,...
(a) A schematic of cycloidal computed tomography (not to scale, seen from top); by adding an array of beam stops in front of the detector, the setup is transformed into an edge-illumination x-ray phase-contrast imaging device. (b) A sinogram sampling grid for a rotation-only scheme. (c) A sinogram sampling grid for a cycloidal scheme. The grids are shown for one mask period and a subset of rotation angles; the combination of empty and filled circles shows the grids that would be achieved through fine latera

(a) A schematic of cycloidal computed tomography (not to scale, seen from top); by adding an array of beam stops in front of the detector, the setup is transformed into an edge-illumination x-ray phase-contrast imaging device. (b) A sinogram sampling grid for a rotation-only scheme. (c) A sinogram sampling grid for a cycloidal scheme. The grids are shown for one mask period and a subset of rotation angles; the combination of empty and filled circles shows the grids that would be achieved through fine lateral sampling (requiring dithering); the filled circles show the data that are sampled without dithering.

News | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 24, 2020
July 24, 2020 — A computed tomography (CT) scan technique that splits a full X-ray beam into thin beamlets can deliver...
In I-131 cancer therapy, decay events damage sensitive DNA within a tumor cell nucleus, causing catastrophic single and double strand breaks. Clinical use of antibody-delivered Auger emitters could open a window for the targeted destruction of extracellular COVID-19 virions, decreasing the viral load during active infection and potentially easing the disease burden for a patient. View all figures from this study.  http://jnm.snmjournals.org/content/early/2020/07/16/jnumed.120.249748.full.pdf+html

In I-131 cancer therapy, decay events damage sensitive DNA within a tumor cell nucleus, causing catastrophic single and double strand breaks. Clinical use of antibody-delivered Auger emitters could open a window for the targeted destruction of extracellular COVID-19 virions, decreasing the viral load during active infection and potentially easing the disease burden for a patient. View all figures from this study.

 

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 22, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
July 22, 2020 — One of the first studies has been published that looks at the use of radiation therapy to help treat...