News | July 10, 2007

AAPM Unveils MR-X-Ray

July 11, 2007 - The 49th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), which takes place July 22-26, 2007 in Minneapolis, MN, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, will feature a hybrid MR-X-ray system, an ultrasound for breast, among other new technologies.

Expected to be one of the most highly attended AAPM meetings to date, the conference will feature over 1,100 scientific papers on subjects at the intersection of medicine and physics. Many of these topics deal with the development of state-of-the-art imaging and therapeutic devices for cancer, and the new techniques that go along with them.

The scientific program will begin on Sunday, July 22 at 9:30 a.m. and conclude on Thursday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m. Scientific abstracts that scored high during the review process were identified as "Reviewer' Choice" selections. More details on these noteworthy presentations can be found on a special meeting webpage (

Meeting highlights include: a new discovery that ultrasound might provide a warning signal for breast cancer; a multiplexing technique, similar to ones used in communications technology, to produce faster computed tomography (CT) images; a new device that may make proton cancer therapy a much more widespread treatment option; and a hybrid magnetic resonance imaging /x-ray machine that may lead to improved cancer treatments.

Highlights of the Scientific Program

The following highlights represent some of the many noteworthy talks

that medical physicists will present at the meeting:

I. Measuring Breast Density with Ultrasound

II. Borrowing “Multiplexing” Techniques from Telecommunications May Significantly Speed up Medical Scans

III. Innovative Physics Device May Revolutionize Proton Therapy

IV. Hybrid MRI-Radiation Therapy Machine May Improve Treatment for Many Cancers

V. A Solid State X-Ray Imaging Intensifier

VI. New 3-D Imaging System for Image-Guided Interventions

VII. 3-D Breast Imaging Using Gammas and X-Rays

VIII. Smaller is Better for Head and Neck Imaging

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