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Tumour metastasis: environment matters

Understanding how cancer cells respond to the stiffness of their environment could help create strategies to prevent cancer spread.

In brief: research round-up

Recent developments in light therapy, nanomedicine, radiotherapy and more.

Proton radiographs improve range prediction

Patient-specific calibration strategy uses proton radiographs to improve range estimates for proton therapy planning.

Simulations assess carbon ion beam tracking

How do uncertainties affect a beam tracking technique that corrects for tumour motion during carbon ion therapy?

ECR 2015: Top five trends

Central themes at ECR 2015 included the unification of European radiology, radiation dose monitoring, digital breast tomosynthesis and hybrid imaging.

3D printed dosimeters aid SBRT research

3D printing can create anatomically accurate radiochromic dosimeters of small animals for stereotactic body radiotherapy investigations.

ECR 2015: Advanced ultrasound applications

A special focus session at the recent European Congress of Radiology examined the latest advances in ultrasound techniques.

PMB unveils 2014 highlights collection

Physics in Medicine and Biology has published its free-to-read Highlights of 2014 collection.

Multi-colour MPI expands imaging options

Multi-colour magnetic particle imaging could one day lead to new medical imaging, intervention and therapy applications.

VMAT technique spares hippocampus

Planning approach generates VMAT plans with far lower dose to the hippocampus than delivered by conventional whole-brain radiotherapy.

Success for cyclotron-produced Tc-99m

Cyclotron-produced technetium-99m offers equivalent image quality to technetium-99m made in a nuclear reactor.

Virus mapped in 3D using X-ray pulses

Diffraction technique could map the structure of infectious viruses such as HIV and influenza.

Emulsion films characterize proton halo

Emulsion film detectors allow accurate calculation of the dose halo in a clinical proton pencil beam.

Gold nanotubes sizzle cancer cells

Gold nanotubes irradiated with near-infrared light can be used to photothermally destroy cancer cells.

3D printer fashions drug-delivery tools

3D printing can construct drug-delivery tools to fight infection in the interventional radiology suite.

Digital SiPMs line up for PET detection

Will digital silicon photomultipliers represent the next step forward for PET detectors?

CMOS detectors offer low-dose X-ray imaging

Active pixel detectors based on crystalline silicon CMOS are ideal for low-dose X-ray imaging.

Marcel van Herk: innovations in imaging

As Marcel van Herk prepares to move from the Netherlands Cancer Institute to the UK's Christie Hospital, a farewell symposium examines his achievements to date.

Breath-hold MRI enhances treatment plans

MR images acquired using the Active Breathing Coordinator provide additional diagnostic information for radiotherapy planning.

FlexyDos3D: a deformable 3D dosimeter

FlexyDos3D is a 3D dose-integrating dosimeter that's easy to fabricate and can be deformed during treatment.