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Image Guided Cancer Therapy

K Brock1*, C Chung2*, S Hetts3*, N Theodore4*, (1) UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, (2) The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, (3) University of California, San Francisco, CA, (4) Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD


(Monday, 7/30/2018) 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Room: Karl Dean Ballroom B1

The AAPM Council identified image-guided interventions (including surgery, interventional radiology, and radiation oncology) as a key area of rapid scientific advancement. This includes developments in in-room imaging, advanced guidance and navigation tools, and increasingly interactive image analysis tools. As a community of medical physicists and scientists in the applications of physics in medicine, the AAPM can contribute expertise in the development of innovative technologies, clinical integration, and standardization. The AAPM has invested significant resources in advancing image guidance in the field of radiation therapy and acknowledges the potential to collaborate more strongly in image guided surgery, drug delivery, and interventional radiology. In November, the AAPM Science Council held a 'Focus On Research Meeting' (FOReM) to develop a strategy on how the AAPM can position itself to be a more significant contributor to the image guided therapy (IGT) community. The IGT FOReM will also identified challenges that are common to all interventions and identify advances that can be translated from one intervention to another (e.g. imaging and guidance processes, understanding variations in treatment response, and use of big data). In this symposium, we will present an overall summary of the FOReM, including presentations by expert clinician scientists in radiation oncology, interventional radiology, and surgery.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn the key areas of scientific advancement needed in image guided surgery
2. Illustrate the imaging, integration tools, and image analysis needs in interventional radiology
3. Evaluate the challenges remaining in image guided radiation therapy

Funding Support, Disclosures, and Conflict of Interest: Research agreement with RaySearch Laboratories.



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