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Molecular Imaging Guided Interventions

F Leeuwen1*, A Kirov2*, S Das3*, A Meltzer4*, (1) Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, ,NL, (2) Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, (3) Univ North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, (4) Universitat Leipzig


(Wednesday, 7/15/2020) 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM [Eastern Time (GMT-4)]

Room: Track 4

Due to the potentially higher sensitivity and specificity that molecular imaging approaches offer for identifying disease and its extend, their application for guiding and monitoring interventions is growing. As nuclear medicine drives molecular imaging in the clinic, it has given rise to the discipline of interventional nuclear medicine. Examples of interventional procedures that use molecular imaging are biopsy, focal ablation, and surgery. Radiation therapy may use PET/CT simulation for certain types of lesions and therefore is also classified as a molecular imaging guided intervention.

Medical physics experts and other medical professionals are collaboratively involved in the interventional (molecular and other) imaging and therapeutic radiation delivery aspects. All types of interventions, either surgical or radiotherapy-related must include consistent imaging, procedural planning, and treatment assessment. Medical physics experts are needed in the interventional setting (to assist in adequate reconstruction and registration of images from different imaging modalities and for implementation of novel techniques or protocols) and in the therapeutic setting (to maximize the therapeutic benefit). This imposes the need of first introducing, and later educating, medical physicists to the specifics of molecular imaging-guided interventions and therapy.

This course will introduce the audience to the application and some of the specifics of using molecular image guidance in several interventions: surgery, biopsy, tumor ablation, and radiation therapy.

Learning Objectives:
1. Provide understanding of how molecular imaging techniques can impact surgical, interventional, and radiation therapy procedures.
2. Understand technical, procedural, and radiation safety aspects of molecular imaging techniques when used in the interventional setting and the medical physicist’s role in such procedures.
3. Obtain insight in future prospects for interventional molecular imaging.



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