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Medical physics: past, present and future

The PMB 60th Anniversary Symposium examined the evolution of medical physics since 1956, where the field is now, and where it may be in 60 years' time.

MR-guided radiotherapy: how great is the need?

With existing image-guided radiotherapy approaches providing highly accurate dose delivery, how great is the need for large-scale in-room MR guidance?

Physics or biology: where does radiotherapy's future lie?

A debate at the ESTRO 35 conference examined whether physics- or biology-based advances will best enable radiotherapies to maximize tumour control.

E-book examines global radiation oncology

A new e-book, Emerging Models for Global Health in Radiation Oncology, examines the emerging field of global radiation oncology.

Introducing gating to small-animal irradiation

Adding respiratory gating to precision small-animal radiotherapy systems enables preclinical irradiation of mobile tumours.

Proton RBE: is 1.1 just a myth?

Is the fixed value of 1.1 commonly used for proton RBE inappropriate, or the only viable clinical option?

MRI-guided radiotherapy: two years on

Two years on from the first MRI-guided radiation treatment, we take a look at how this guidance capability has impacted clinical practice.

The Grand Challenge: tackling the toughest cancer questions

The Grand Challenge awards aim to tackle the most important unanswered questions in cancer research.

Review of the year: 2015's most popular stories

We look back at some of the most popular articles published on medicalphysicsweb over the last year.

Beam-on PET tracks proton dose in real time

PET imaging of short-lived positron emitters could provide real-time feedback on dose delivered during proton therapy.

Beyond the diffraction limit: super-resolution microscopy

The 2015 super-resolution microscopy roadmap examines the underlying concepts and potential applications of this non-diffraction-limited optical imaging technique.

Where next for MRI-guided radiotherapy?

In his inaugural lecture, UMC Utrecht's Bas Raaymakers described the rationale behind the MRI-linac and what the future may hold for MRI-guided radiotherapies.

Four takes on intra-fraction motion monitoring

A panel of experts discuss four techniques being developed for real-time tracking of intra-fraction target motion.

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.