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Exciting features this year…

  • Special 2-Day Program on Quantitative Imaging in the Era of Big Data and Precision Medicine - (Monday - Tuesday, July 30 – 31, 2018)
  • MedPhys Slam - (Monday, July 30 1:45 pm – 3:45 pm)
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    MedPhys Slam is a research communication competition in which participants prepare a three-minute presentation aimed at sharing the significance of their science in a compelling yet understandable manner. Participants will be judged by a non-physicist panel on three equally weighted categories: comprehension/content, communication, and engagement. Preliminary events held by AAPM Chapters will each select one winner to represent their chapter in the final competition at the AAPM Annual Meeting.
  • General ePoster Discussions - In addition to the moderated ePosters in the ePoster Theater, we will continue with our ePoster stations throughout the lounge areas in the Exhibit Hall. General ePosters include a select group of high-scoring posters identified by the Program Directors to be of special interest to attendees of the scientific program. This is an alternative to the hard copy general poster to allow the authors to present their general poster electronically at a large screen display, dedicated to only their poster during a specifically assigned 30-minute timeslot. These General ePoster presentations will occur in the ePoster Theater and throughout the Exhibit Hall promoting lively discussion and scientific exchange.
  • The Science Council Session – Advances in Imaging Technology
  • SPS Undergraduate Research & Outreach - The Society of Physics Students (SPS) Undergraduate Research & Outreach poster session highlights the work of undergraduate students with an interest in medical physics.  The first author (and presenter) of all posters in this session must be an undergraduate at the time of submission.  Posters should reflect either research related to medical physics or outreach to promote the importance of and relationship between physics in medicine. All undergraduate members are invited to submit.
  • Joint Scientific Symposium with the World Molecular Imaging Society – Imaging Immune Response
  • Joint Scientific Symposium with ESTRO – Automated Treatment Planning in Clinical Practice. Moderated by Núria Jornet and Ben Hiejmen, this joint symposium features presentations on automated and knowledge based planning from leading centers in the USA and Europe. Multiple vendor and in-house solutions are presented along with how those solutions impact clinical operations.
  • Distinguished Lectureship: The Anne and Donald Herbert Distinguished Lectureship in Modern Statistical Modeling – Andrew Vickers, PhD, is a biostatistician and attending research methodologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Joseph Deasy, PhD, Chair, Department of Medical Physics will discuss prediction modeling and how it is designed to influence decisions.
  • The 2017 AIP Science Communication Award will be presented to Dr. Timothy Jorgensen for his book Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation. Dr. Jorgensen is associate professor of Radiation Medicine and Director of the Health Physics and Radiation Protection Graduate Program at Georgetown University. Dr. Jorgensen will present from his book, which details the history of radiation and its effects on human health, and helps the reader better understand the risks and benefits of the radiation we encounter in our everyday lives.
  • Attend sessions aligned with your interest and get SAMs: Similar to last year, with only a few exceptions, all invited sessions in the Education, Science, Professional, and Practical Tracks will offer SAMs. SAMs questions can be answered on your own following the completion of the session. Attendance is verified using a participation device on your badge. Registration for the Participation Device is required for the SAMs Program.
  • Dedicated time in the meeting program for Visit the Vendors.

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Scientific Program

Therapy Track


  • Hiding the Complexity in Treatment Planning/Automation
  • Errors and Data Mining in EMR
  • Quality Assurance for Precision Radiation Therapy
  • Brachy (IMBT, Robotic, MR Guidance)
  • Outcomes Modeling (Tumor Control, Response Modeling, Clinical Decision Making)
  • Proton Therapy and Verification
  • Roles of RT in Immunotherapy

Imaging Track


  • Structural and Functional Imaging Techniques Across Body Systems
  • Reconstruction Across Imaging Modalities
  • Novel Prototype Imaging Systems
  • Pediatric Imaging
  • Multienergy and Multicontrast Imaging
  • 3D Printing

Joint Imaging/Therapy Track


  • Beyond Conventional CT Simulation: PET-CT, PET-MR, MR-Only, and Multi-Energy CT
  • Multi-modality ART (Protons, MRI, PET)
  • Advanced MR for MR-GRT
  • Mathematical Modeling in Cancer Therapy
  • Point/Counterpoint Live Debate: Artificial Intelligence Will Soon Change the Landscape of Medical Physics Research and Practice
  • Longitudinal imaging in Radiation Therapy
  • Image Guided Cancer Therapy
  • Grant Funding
  • Molecular Imaging: From Cancer Screening to Clinical Trial
  • AAPM Grand Challenges Symposium: Image Reconstruction for 4D-CBCT and Autosegmentation for Treatment Planning

Quantitative Imaging in the Era of Big Data and Precision Medicine (Special 2 Day Program)


  • The Translation of QI to Clinical Research and Precision Medicine: Goals and Challenges
  • Quantitative Imaging: Translation to Practice
  • Quantitative Imaging: PET/CT and PET/MR
  • Quantitative Imaging: CT and MR
  • Quantitative Imaging: Ultrasound and Optical
  • Quantitative Imaging: Radiomics and Machine Learning
  • Quantitative Imaging: Tools and Data Pipelines

Educational Program

Therapy Track...this year's therapy education program contains not only the essential topics for practicing medical physicists including adaptive therapy, electrons, MRI in RT, IGRT, teaching, brachytherapy, departmental and EPID QA, and statistics, but also features two informal mini-tracks: protons, and automation in clinical practice. The sessions have been arranged to have minimal overlap and attendees are encouraged to attend all of them in the area they are interested in. For protons, the sessions include:

  • Dual Energy CT for Therapy
  • Robustness for Radiation Therapy Treatment Plans
  • Clinical Implementation of Proton Beam Scanning [SAM]
  • Imaging in Proton Therapy [SAM]

For automation in clinical practice, the topics include history of automation, in-house and vendor automation solutions (including TPS scripting), software engineering, and management of information technology from the medical physicist perspective. The sessions include:

  • Automation in Radiation Oncology: Past, Present, and Future
  • Automation and Standardization of Planning, Plan Evaluation and System Testing through Advanced Programming in Treatment Planning System
  • Automation in Radiation Therapy: Fasten Your Seatbelt [SAM]
  • Halt and Catch Fire: Worst Programming Failures and How to Avoid Them [SAM]
  • Managing IT in Radiation Oncology: The Role of the Medical Physicist [SAM]
  • ESTRO-AAPM Joint Symposium: Automated treatment planning in clinical practice [SAM]

Therapy Education Track sessions other than protons and clinical practice automation:

  • Building a Successful Adaptive Radiotherapy Program
  • Personalized Electron Beam Therapy using Custom Treatment Devices [SAM]
  • Technical and Professional Preparations for Medical Physicists in the Upcoming MRgRT Era [SAM]
  • Experimental and Computational Dosimetry for MRgRT [SAM]
  • AAPM Task Group Initiatives on Electronic Brachytherapy [SAM]
  • Summary and Insights into the TG-43U1S2 Report on Brachytherapy Dosimetry [SAM]
  • Monte Carlo Dose Calculation and Review of TG157 [SAM]
  • Motion Management in SBRT: Principles, Advancements and Clinical Implementations [SAM]
  • Management of Irregular Respiration in 4DCT [SAM]
  • The Anne and Donald Herbert Distinguished Lectureship in Modern Statistical Modeling [SAM]
  • Optimizing Efficiency and Safety of Radiation Therapy Process [SAM]
  • Changing Paradigms for Linac QA Using EPIDs and Beyond [SAM]
  • An Interactive Session to Share Education Ideas: How Do You Teach Quality and Safety to Residents? [SAM]
  • Hands-on Solutions to Everyday Teaching Challenges in Medical Physics [SAM]

Imaging Track

  • CT Intensive I: Radiology Lite
  • Display QC
  • MR Safety - Hybrid Environment
  • CT Intensive II: Dose monitoring hands-on workshop
  • New PET Instrumentation and Technology
  • Breast Interventions (US and Stereotactic)
  • ACR Updates - CT, MR, NM/PET & US
  • CT Intensive III: Protocol Development and Optimization
  • CT Intensive IV: Regulatory Requirements
  • Methods, Mishaps and Musings on Pediatric Theranostics
  • Advanced MRI in the Clinic

Practical Medical Physics

  • Radiation Oncology Accreditation Programs
  • Session in Memory of Lynn Verhey: Clinical Physicists Must Know and be Involved in Treatment Planning [SAM]
  • Session in Memory of Phil Heintz: Patient Dose Calculations in Imaging - Fluoro, CT, and Fetal [SAM]
  • Statistical Failing: The Shadow Still Hiding Clinical Truth [SAM]
  • AIP Science Communication Award, "Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation" [SAM]
  • AAPM-COG Joint Session [SAM]
  • Quality Improvement Applications of Surface Imaging [SAM]
  • Imaging Artifacts - CT, MRI, and Mammography [SAM]
  • Hytec and ICRU/91 [SAM]

Professional Program


  • Medical Physicists and the Global Health Challenge
  • Ethics: Codes and Dilemmas [SAM]
  • The American Board of Radiology: Update on Maintenance of Certification [SAM]
  • Pursuit of Safe and Effective Imaging and Radiation Therapy/Planning Products [SAM]
  • MPPGs and Their Impact On Clinical Practice [SAM]
  • Exploring Collaboration with Industry and The Physicist in The Clinic [SAM]
  • Role of The Diagnostic Physicist [SAM]
  • Mentoring Within AAPM: Lessons and Opportunities - SCAMP Update
  • New Member Symposium
  • MPLA: An Orchestra: Project Management in Motion [SAM]
  • ABR Exam Prep: Radiation Therapy Part 2 & 3
  • ABR Exam Prep: Diagnostic Imaging/Nuclear Medicine Part 2 & 3
  • Workforce Supply/Demand into The Future [SAM]
  • Breaking Out of the Clinic: Nontraditional Medical Physics Careers [SAM]
  • Risk Management in The Wild: Tales from The Clinic [SAM]
  • Discharging the Bias: Recognizing and Addressing Unconscious Bias in The Workplace [SAM]
  • Writing and Reviewing Papers for Medical Physics and JACMP
  • The Vision and Components of Medical Physics 3.0 Practice
  • Cover Your Assets: My Employer Has My Back (Right?)
  • Is That Big Bang a $2 Million Lawsuit?
  • Planning for Uncertainty: Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning [SAM]

Certificate Course – Radiomics (August 1-2, 2018)

This year's certificate course will offer 1½ days of training in radiomics and machine learning/deep learning. New this year, we are including two lab sessions where the participants will get hands-on experience. To participate in the lab sessions, you will be required to bring your laptop. At the end, the certificate attendees will be armed with the knowledge and tools to start or further their work in radiomics and deep learning.

Attendees may enroll in the certificate course for an additional fee which is offered via the registration system. Enrollment in the program entitles participants to additional online materials.

Following the meeting, certificate program participants will be required to take an online examination which covers the material presented throughout the 1½ day course. Enrollees who demonstrate satisfactory attendance at the course and successful completion of the online examination (available after the meeting) will receive a certificate of completion for this course. Course Registration is restricted to AAPM Members only.

Partners in Solutions (an exciting venue on the exhibit floor)

Partners in Solutions continues to offer a unique way for physicists to interact with and learn from our vendors, with vendors providing physics-level applications training classes in a special-purpose lecture room located on the exhibit floor. These are not sales pitches, but practical information for the clinical physicist from the people who know their systems in depth. Topics for this year are:

  • Imaging: Fluoroscopy Dose Monitoring Systems
  • Therapy: Intelligent Automation for Treatment Planning Workflows

Look for the Partners in Solutions sessions on the meeting program. CE credit will be offered. Come learn with us!

Educational Topic-Specific Guided Tours (Limited Tour Capacity)

Come visit our vendors as part of a guided tour. Tourists will first hear a short introduction on the selected topic by one of the leaders in the field, then follow their AAPM-member Tour Guide to the vendor booths to hear about their related products. SAM credit available. Topics for this year are:

  • Tuesday, 1:45pm - 3:30pm
  • No check in after 2:00pm, Room 201A
  • Imaging: CT Protocol Management and Distribution Tools
  • No check in after 2:00pm, Room 201B
  • Therapy: Surface Image Guided Radiotherapy Monitoring Systems
  • Wednesday, 10:15am - Noon
  • No check in after 10:30am, Room 201A
  • Imaging: CT Protocol Management and Distribution Tools
  • No check in after 10:30am, Room 201B
  • Therapy: Surface Image Guided Radiotherapy Monitoring Systems

Due to the need to limit the capacity of each tour, participation will be first come/first served.
Individuals interested in participating should plan accordingly.