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Driving creativity in cancer research

Cancer Research UK has introduced new opportunities for researchers to work across disciplines to understand, treat and diagnose cancer.

Medical Physics for World Benefit: addressing a global need

Jake Van Dyk discusses how the Medical Physics for World Benefit organization aims to tackle the burgeoning need for quality medical physics across the globe.

Extending ultrasound to combat cancer

Imperial College team focuses on boosting the performance of point-of-care ultrasound systems.

Probing cellular shape change may reveal clues to limit cancer growth

A joint theoretical and experimental study examines cellular shape changes during cell division and migration.

Mechano-biology of bone in breast cancer under the microscope

Biologists, pathologists, physicists and mathematicians at the University of Sheffield have teamed up to address the puzzle of why secondary cancers attack bone.

Multidimensional imaging improves early cancer diagnosis

A Cancer Research UK funded collaboration is working across the disciplines to advance endoscopic imaging.

AAPM panel examines the role of the medical physicist

The President's Symposium at the AAPM Annual Meeting examined the diverse roles of the medical physicist, now and in the future.

Alzheimer's disease: addressing a 21st-century plague

Christopher Dobson examines how emerging knowledge regarding the underlying molecular nature of Alzheimer's disease may help develop new therapies.

A gateway to the biological world

Gail McConnell, an optical physicist who develops novel optical systems for biomedical imaging, describes her latest research.

Proton-guided photons or photon-guided protons?

Will MR-guided radiotherapy prove superior to CBCT-guided proton therapy? An ESTRO debate ponders the options.

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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.