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New Zealand project eyes eight-energy CT

New Zealand researchers plan to build a spectral CT scanner that's capable of detecting eight different energies in each scan.

USA plans first carbon ion therapy centre

Researchers in Colorado have launched a feasibility study into building the USA's first carbon ion therapy facility.

Imaging scheme tracks tumour oxygenation

Cerenkov excited phosphorescence oxygen imaging could be used to monitor tumour oxygenation during radiation therapy.

SABR makes pancreatic resection an option

Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy could make surgery feasible for more pancreatic cancer patients.

In brief: research round-up

Recent developments in radiation therapy, optical imaging and more.

Adding radiation ups Hodgkin's survival rate

Adding radiotherapy to chemotherapy improves the 10-year survival rate for patients with early-stage Hodgkin's disease.

PMB and PMEA: the best papers of 2013

Physics in Medicine & Biology and Physiological Measurement award the 2013 best paper prizes.

Imaging, radiotherapy must work together

ASTRO keynote address examines how imaging and radiation oncology increasingly work as one.

Optical probe gauges melanoma thickness

A handheld photoacoustic microscopy probe can non-invasively measure melanoma thickness.

Pencil-beam scanning at 'hyper-speed'

Mevion's HYPERSCAN technology enables proton pencil-beam scanning of an entire tumour volume in a few seconds.

Gimballed linac speeds tumour tracking

A gimballed linac system reduces the treatment times required for real-time tumour tracking.

Enhanced models expand simulation options

New high-resolution anatomical models – Virtual Population 3.0 – will enable a wide range of simulated medical investigations.

Ultralow-dose SPECT boosts image quality

An ultralow-dose high-efficiency SPECT scan for myocardial perfusion imaging can achieve better image quality than standard low-dose SPECT.

Phase-contrast X-rays image the airways

Phase-contrast X-ray imaging offers a non-invasive way to track the effectiveness of cystic fibrosis treatments.

Start-up advances MR-guided procedures

Software platform could enable MR-guided drug delivery to the brain and robotic-controlled MR-guided breast biopsies.

Innovation: patent applications review

Our survey of the latest patent applications in radiation therapy reviews filings from Varian, Insightec, Stanford University and more.

Interactive software speeds planning

Software that enables radiation oncologists to explore potential VMAT plans offers planning times of less than five minutes.

Transcranial stimulation boosts memory

Noninvasive transcranial magnetic stimulation of the human brain can improve memory.

Reducing FDG activity cuts PET/MRI dose

Lowering radiotracer dose while increasing PET acquisition time in PET/MRI scans optimizes image quality at lower dose.

Silicon photomultipliers ideal for PET/MRI

A preclinical PET/RF insert based on silicon photomultipliers enables simultaneous PET and MRI inside a clinical MR scanner.