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Horizons 2013: connecting physicists in medicine

What happened when two groups of physicists working in medicine came together for the first time?

Nuclear medicine tackles small-animal imaging

High-performance molecular imaging systems designed for small animals could impact a wide range of medical applications.

CERN intensifies medical physics research

CERN consolidates its medical physics research activities, which includes the transformation of its LEIR accelerator into a biomedical facility.

From astronauts to cancer patients

A career in radiation physics offers the chance to solve problems that directly affect patient care, says Lindsay Beaton-Green.

What goes on in babies' brains?

How do you map the brain of a very small, very active person? Just ask those scientists working on the Developing Human Connectome Project.

First patient treated with DMLC tracking

A dynamic multileaf collimator has been used to track a moving tumour with a therapeutic X-ray beam for the first time in Sydney, Australia.

i.treatsafely: improving quality and safety in radiotherapy

Newly launched peer-to-peer web site provides access to training videos on clinical treatment processes and quality assurance techniques.

The expanding roles of medical physicists

How can medical physicists contribute to research and help define the future of cancer treatments?

Game show gauges the future of medical physics

The Physics Pheud!, a unique game show conceived for the AAPM annual meeting, examined the big issues surrounding the future of medical physics.

Physicists in Brazil tackle the living world

Scientists in Brazil are exploiting interdisciplinary collaborations to advance research in areas such as medical imaging, biological physics and biophotonics.

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Medical isotope supplies: a game plan for the future

A Canadian task force has identified a promising alternative method for making large quantities of Mo-99, using natural uranium and photons from a high-power accelerator.

Medical physicists: preparing for change

As the boundaries between medical disciplines become increasingly blurred and those between diagnosis, therapy and management follow suit, how can medical physicists adapt to these changing needs?

Radiotherapy: challenges old and new

Long-standing tasks such as dealing with organ motion, as well as the new challenges arising from state-of-the-art beam-delivery systems, were the talk of this year's ESTRO meeting.

Ionizing radiation: the double-edged sword

With cancer survivors now younger and living longer, it's pertinent to ask whether recent advances in conformal radiotherapy modalities come at a latent cost.

High-performance computing: shaping medicine's future

Tools such as grid networks and supercomputers will play a vital supporting role in biomedical research and clinical development.

Cellular imaging draws disciplines together

The traditionally diverse disciplines of biology and physics are finding common ground in the effort to image cellular functions.

Particle therapy: protons and beyond

Most particle-therapy treatments are performed using proton beams; but could carbon ions ever become a practical alternative?

Optical imaging comes to the fore

Optics-based techniques such as fluorescence and Raman imaging are poised to play a bigger role in cancer diagnostics.

Setting the standards for IMRT

Wide variations in dose prescription and delivery between institutions highlight the pressing need for universal IMRT planning and reporting guidelines.

Technology assessment: why magical thinking won't do

Newer isn't always better, which is why a rigorous examination of emerging clinical technologies is in everyone's interest.