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Small-animal irradiation: easing translation into clinical studies

The second Symposium on Small Animal Precision Image-Guided Radiotherapy examined how preclinical precision irradiation studies can better mirror clinical situations.

Linac-MRI records first human images

Cross Cancer Institute achieves world's first MR imaging of a human subject using a clinical linac-MRI.

Advances in preclinical MRI technology

Recent advances in preclinical MRI technologies have escalated the extent of research that can be undertaken, explains MR Solutions' David Taylor.

We should strive to apply physics to the biology itself

The field of medical physics should incorporate biophysics into radiotherapy research, says University of Wisconsin-Madison's Michael Kissick.

PARTNER: a network for life

PARTNER – an innovative project to train young scientists in aspects of hadron therapy – proved a great success.

OCT lines up for dermatology

Jon Holmes, CEO and co-founder of Michelson Diagnostics, takes a look at the role of optical coherence tomography in dermatology.

Safety in radiotherapy: help or hindrance?

Is the strong focus on radiation protection and safety delaying the introduction of new radiotherapy technologies?

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.

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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.