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Women in medical physics: the current status

How well represented are women in the worldwide workforce of medical physicists?

Proton therapy: randomized trials or model-based selection?

Are randomized controlled trials needed for proton therapy, or could a model-based approach provide a better option for selecting suitable patients?

BPEX: bridging the gaps between disciplines

The new multidisciplinary journal Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express aims to bridge the gaps between medical physics, biophysics and biomedical engineering.

Novel takes on medical isotope production

Research teams in North America are developing radical new methods for producing the invaluable medical isotope technetium-99m.

Biomedical imaging: current and future trends

Developments in biomedical imaging will see less emphasis on pushing quality limits and more on understanding how to use images to their full capacity, says John C Gore.

Radiotherapy quality assurance: progress and needs

Clinicians and physicists reveal their concerns and requirements regarding quality assurance for radiation therapy.

Novel journal unites physical oncology researchers

The journal Convergent Science Physical Oncology aims to create a new forum for researchers working on the physics of cancer.

Global collaborations tackle radiotherapy disparities

International healthcare collaborations, facilitated by recent ICT developments, could help reduce global disparities in access to radiation therapy.

Proton therapy: listen and learn

A new course aims to train oncologists, medical physicists and administrators in all aspects of setting up and running a proton therapy programme.

Ultrasound and MRI line up for 4D radiotherapy

The 4D Treatment Planning Workshop examined how ultrasound and MRI could be used to help deliver radiotherapy of moving and deforming targets.

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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.