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First-in-human data validate MRI-linac

Flash physics: first-in-human data validate the potential of Elekta's MRI-guided radiotherapy system.

Radiotherapy scheme spares hippocampus in rats

A precision 3D conformal treatment technique enables hippocampal avoidance in whole-brain radiotherapy of laboratory rats.

Celebrating the International Day of Medical Physics

Today marks the International Day of Medical Physics, which this year is dedicated to women patients and staff in radiation medicine.

MRI reveals brain changes during space missions

Flash physics: MRI uncovers changes in the anatomy of astronauts' brains following long-duration space flight.

FUS shows promise for treating Parkinson's tremor

Flash physics: focused ultrasound shows potential as a treatment for Parkinson's tremor.

3D dosimeters suitable for MRI-guided radiotherapy

Chemical dosimeters do not need corrections for use in strong magnetic fields.

Evaluating skin dose from the MRI-Linac

The MRI-Linac's magnetic field increases skin dose, but this can be mitigated by using a larger number of beam angles.

Where will oxygen ion therapy help the most?

Researchers determine the conditions under which tumours could benefit most from oxygen ion therapy.

Radiosensitivity model addresses personalized therapy

A model that predicts cellular radiosensitivity could support the development of biologically personalized radiotherapy.

Can breath-hold minimize motion during IMPT?

Researchers evaluate whether the breath-hold technique can minimize motion during intensity-modulated proton therapy of lung cancer.

In brief: ASTRO research round-up

This week's ASTRO annual meeting saw researchers present their latest radiotherapy research breakthroughs.

Innovation: patent applications review

Our survey of recent radiation therapy patent applications includes filings from ViewRay, Elekta, MIT and more.

Proton range measured with submillimetre accuracy

Ionoacoustic range determination at a clinical proton therapy facility demonstrates submillimetre accuracy.

Pixelated silicon detector measures proton dose

A prototype pixelated silicon detector measures small-field depth dose profiles in proton therapy.

Focused ultrasound modulates brain circuits

Focused ultrasound can provide non-invasive, targeted neuromodulation.

Biomechanical model improves DIR accuracy

A biomechanical model improves the accuracy of deformable image registration of liver images.

SPREAD phantom offers rapid proton QA

The SPREAD phantom enables rapid, cost-effective quality assurance for pencil-beam scanning proton therapy.

Optical imaging assesses radiation resistance

Fluorescence imaging identifies early metabolic changes in radiation-resistant cancer cells in response to irradiation.

Electronic brachytherapy lowers dose to OARs

Treating endometrial cancer with the Axxent electronic brachytherapy system delivered less dose to organs-at-risk than radionuclide-based brachytherapy.

Henry Ford treats first patients with MRIdian Linac

A team at Henry Ford Cancer Institute has become the first in the world to treat patients with ViewRay's MRIdian Linac.