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.

M. Minhaj Siddiqui, M.D., associate professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, discusses benefits of MRI-targeted biopsy to more precisely diagnose aggressive prostate cancers

M. Minhaj Siddiqui, M.D., associate professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, discusses benefits of MRI-targeted biopsy to more precisely diagnose aggressive prostate cancers. (c) University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center

News | Prostate Cancer | March 05, 2020
March 5, 2020 — Using a combination of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to target and sample suspicious prostate tissue...
Accuray Incorporated announced that Mercy Hospital St. Louis continues to demonstrate its commitment to improving patient outcomes with the installation of the first CyberKnife M6 System in Missouri at their state-of-the-art David C. Pratt Cancer Center
News | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | February 27, 2020
February 27, 2020 — Accuray Incorporated announced that Mercy Hospital St. Louis continues to demonstrate its...
Sponsored Content | Videos | Artificial Intelligence | February 21, 2020
In Artificial Intelligence at RSNA 2019, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial...
An example of the MRI scans showing long-term and short-term survival indications. #MRI

An example of the MRI scans showing long-term and short-term survival indications. Image courtesy of Case Western Reserve University

News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | February 21, 2020
February 21, 2020 — Glioblastoma is an aggressive, killer disease. While victims of this fast-moving brain tumor...
Arizona State University researchers (in collaboration with Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center) have discovered a biocompatible cost-effective hydrogel that can be used to monitor therapeutic doses of ionizing radiation by becoming more pink with increasing radiation exposure

Arizona State University researchers (in collaboration with Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center) have discovered a biocompatible cost-effective hydrogel that can be used to monitor therapeutic doses of ionizing radiation by becoming more pink with increasing radiation exposure. This picture shows a circle of hydrogel that was irradiated on the left half, which is slightly pink; whereas the right half of the gel is not irradiated and remains colorless.

News | Radiation Therapy | February 18, 2020
February 18, 2020 — More than half of all cancer patients undergo radiation therapy and the dose is critical. Too much...
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has been awarded a new one-year contract from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop quality indicators (QI) for radiation treatments provided to veterans with head and neck, breast and gastrointestinal cancers
News | Radiation Therapy | February 13, 2020
February 13, 2020 — The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has been awarded a new one-year contract from...
Varian announced it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Ethos therapy, an Adaptive Intelligence solution. Ethos therapy is an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven holistic solution that provides an opportunity to transform cancer care.
News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | February 11, 2020
February 11, 2020 — Varian announced it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Ethos therapy, an Adaptive...
The radiation therapy market is projected to grow in through 2026

Image courtesy of Accuray

News | Proton Therapy | February 10, 2020
February 10, 2020 — Amid technological advancement, and notable research and development activities, the global ...
SIR President Laura Findeiss, M.D., FSIR

SIR President Laura Findeiss, M.D., FSIR

News | Interventional Radiology | February 09, 2020
February 9, 2020 — For some patients, kidney cancer can be effectively treated without surgery, according to the...
Accuray TomoTherapy total body irradiation
News | Radiation Therapy | February 07, 2020
February 7, 2020 — Accuray Incorporated announced that two new studies demonstrate the benefits of the 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...