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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.

Multimodal themes shape the BiOS agenda

A multimodality approach to diagnostics and therapeutics was one of the defining themes at the recent Biomedical Optics Symposium in San Jose, California.

In biomedical optics, all roads lead to San Jose

If biomedical optics is your thing, then the BiOS meeting in Silicon Valley looks like the place to be.

New year, new plans

It's our job to make your job easier. Take it as read, we'll be redoubling our efforts to do just that throughout 2008.

Season's greetings

It's time for some festive giveaways from medicalphysicsweb, plus a preview of our editorial plans for 2008.

Therapeutic ultrasound: variations on a theme

Scientists are pioneering the use of therapeutic ultrasound in a range of clinical contexts, including treatment of stroke, Parkinson's disease, internal bleeding and cancer.

Molecular imaging assumes priority status

Germany's leading pharmaceutical and medical technology companies opt for collaboration to capitalize on the country's strengths in molecular imaging R&D.

MRI in Europe: it's time to end the uncertainty

The legal questions over the future of MRI in Europe do no-one any favours. Fortunately, the politicians seem to be getting the message.

Joined-up thinking on ultrahigh-field MRI

A 'virtual' institute for ultrahigh-field MRI takes shape in the Netherlands. It's a collaborative model that others would do well to follow.

Magnetic nanoparticles: the attraction is clear

Early-stage experimental studies confirm the potential of magnetic nanoparticles in a range of clinical applications.

The collective conversation: work in progress

It's been a year since we went live, but medicalphysicsweb remains a work in progress. Watch this space for our new print supplement, more blogging and the rest.