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Select the Subject Category which best pertains to your Abstract.

Please note:
Some category topics pertain to both Therapy and Imaging Physics and are identified as
'JOINT' categories within each track.


THERAPY PHYSICS
(see also Imaging Physics)
Category Sub-Category (if applicable) Definition
Target Volume Definition
  Joint: Molecular/Functional Imaging in Planning
Using novel imaging modalities to define GTV and CTV.
  Joint: Methods of image Registration/fusion
Description and evaluation of methods for combining image sets.
Managing Inter- and Intra-fraction Motion
  Joint: 4D Modeling
Acquisition, construction, and use of temporally varying volumetric patient models.
 

Joint: Internal Localization

Adjusting setup or delivery by imaging internal structures prior to or during treatment.

 

Joint: External Localization

Adjusting setup or delivery by imaging external features prior to or during treatment.

 

Margin Assessment

Assessing margins for specific patients or populations of patients.

  Joint: Image Guidance Strategies
Online, offline, and adaptive strategies for intervention and/or plan modification.
IMRT
  Optimization Research
Investigations of academic and/or pre-commercial optimization algorithms or methods.
 

Commercial Systems

Evaluation or comparisons of commercial IMRT planning and delivery systems.

 

Clinical Applications

Development of IMRT planning techniques; use of IMRT with specific clinical sites.

 

Delivery

Description and/or evaluation of novel IMRT delivery systems.

 

Verification and QA

Methods to verify IMRT treatments with measurements or independent calculations.

Monte Carlo
  Monte Carlo Methods
Improvements in Monte Carlo techniques and modeling.
 

Monte Carlo Validation

Validation of Monte Carlo planning; clinical use.

Photon Treatment Planning and Delivery
  Clinical Planning
Improvements in clinical planning methods, excluding IMRT or Monte Carlo.
  Treatment Techniques
New beam delivery systems, excluding IMRT.
Measurements
  Dosimetry Instrumentation
Evaluation of the characteristics of new dosimeters or evaluation of commercial devices.
  Clinical Measurements
Application of dosimetric measurements to specific clinical problems, such as small fields, buildup regions, and interfaces.
  Calibration and Quality Assurance
QA for planning, delivery or other processes/programs.
Brachytherapy
  New Isotopes and Radiopharmaceuticals
Use of new isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals; also devices if not specific to a clinical site.
  Treatment Techniques
Dosimetry, delivery, and radiation safety of brachytherapy.
  Emerging Clinical Applications
Novel applications of brachytherapy to prostate, breast, etc.
Particle Therapy
  Electron Based Radiation Therapy
Dosimetry, planning, and delivery of radiation therapy with electrons.
  Particle Radiation Therapy
Dosimetry, planning, and delivery of radiation therapy with protons, neutrons, and other heavy.
Stereotactic
Dosimetry, planning, and delivery of stereotactic radiosurgery or radiation therapy; intra- or extra-cranial applications.
Radiobiology and Outcome Models
  Fundamental Radiobiology
Radiation biology, animal experiments.
  Outcome Modeling
NTCP, TCP modeling from dose data.
  Treatment planning and Evaluation
Use of radiobiological models in the treatment planning and evaluation processes.
Other (Therapy)
Radiation safety, networks and DICOM, thermal therapies, any other.
 

IMAGING PHYSICS
(see also Therapy Physics)

Category
Definition
Radiography

Topics related to general radiography including DR and CR, detector design and characterization, new methods of detector characterization, and clinical studies. Abstracts concerning image processing, display, CAD, etc. should be submitted under respective categories, below.

Mammography

All aspects of mammography, including digital mammography. Topics include novel detectors and their evaluation, system evaluation, and new techniques in mammography. IAbstracts concerning image processing, display, CAD, etc. should be submitted under respective categories, below.

Fluoroscopy
Topics related to real-time fluoroscopy, including digital techniques, imaging system design and characterization, new methods of performance characterization, and clinical studies.
Vascular, Endovascular, and Cardiac Imaging
Topics related to vascular, endovascular, and cardiac imaging. All modalities, including x-ray, ultrasound, MRI, PET, etc.
Computed Tomography

Topics is all aspects of CT, including detector design, system evaluation, artifacts, dosimetry, image reconstruction, and clinical studies. Unless specifically related to CT, abstracts concerning image processing, display, CAD, etc. should be submitted under respective categories, below.

Ultrasound
All aspects of Ultrasound, including image acquisition, reconstruction, new technology, and clinical studies. Unless specifically related to Ultrasound, abstracts concerning image processing, display, CAD, etc. should be submitted under respective categories, below.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
All aspects of MRI, MRS and MRA, including image acquisition, reconstruction, new technologies, and clinical studies.Unless specifically related to MR, abstracts concerning image processing, display, CAD, etc. should be submitted under respective categories, below.
Nuclear Medicine
All aspects of Nuclear Medicine, including SPECT and PET, imaging system design, image acquisition, reconstruction, tracers, and clinical studies. Abstracts concerning image fusion of Nuclear Medicine images may be submitted in this category or the Visualization and Image Fusion category. Unless specifically related to PET, abstracts concerning image processing, display, CAD, etc. should be submitted under respective categories, below.
Optical Imaging
All aspects of optical imaging, including optical coherence tomography, detectors, lasers, image acquisition, reconstruction, and clinical studies. Abstracts concerning small animal imaging by optical methods may be submitted in this category or the Small Animal Imaging category. Unless specifically related to optical imaging, abstracts concerning image processing, display, CAD, etc. should be submitted under respective categories, below.
Non-Conventional Imaging
All modalities with application in medical imaging not covered in the above categories, including infrared imaging, impedance imaging, thermoacoustic imaging, MEG, and other topics.
Small Animal Imaging
Topics related to pre-clinical imaging in small animals, including imaging systems, new technology, multi-modality imaging, and pre-clinical studies. All modalities, including x-ray, micro-CT, ultrasound, MRI, PET, etc.
Multi-Modality Imaging
Imaging techniques that involve more than one modality. For example: (X-ray mammography + breast ultrasound); (PET + CT); etc. Abstracts concerning image fusion may be submitted in this category or the Visualization and Image Fusion category. Abstracts concerning display, CAD, etc. should be submitted under respective categories, below. 
Image Science
Topics of fundamental image science and imaging physics, including measurement and mathematical modeling of detector performance, imaging system evaluation, linear systems analysis, new evaluation techniques, performance metrology, etc. Topics specific to a given modality may be submitted in this category or that of the modality, at the authors' discretion.
Image Perception
Topics related to model and human observer performance, including experimental and theoretical analysis of observer performance (ROC, LROC, FROC, 2AFC, MAFC, etc.) and analytical models of human or machine visual systems.
Image Processing and Segmentation
Topics in all areas of medical image processing including new methodologies, image or feature enhancement, tissue segmentation, and clinical evaluation, as applied to any of the above medical imaging modalities.
Visualization and Image Fusion
Techniques for visualization and/or fusion of image data, including any of the above modalities, 2D and 3D display of image data, image rendering, and related topics.
CAD
Topics in all areas of Computer-Aided Diagnosis, including new methodologies and clinical evaluations, as applied to mammography, chest, CT and other modalities.
Display
Techniques for display of image data, including display performance evaluation, new display technologies, 2D and 3D displays, and related topics.
PACS
All aspects of PACS, including image display, storage and distribution. Topics can include PACS characterization, operational discussions, economics of PACS, image quality, new technology and new standards.
Dosimetry and Radiation Protection (Imaging)
All topics in the area of radiation protection, including shielding, safety, and dosimetry as related to medical imaging, including internal and external radiation sources. Special attention will be paid to submissions on new protection or dosimetry approaches. Abstracts concerning a given modality but focusing on dosimetric aspects (e.g., imaging dose in CT or PET) should be submitted under this category.
Quality Control (Imaging)
The art and science of diagnostic radiology quality assurance, including topics related to the practice of diagnostic medical physics and radiology quality assurance (TQM, etc.). Included in this category are topics of accreditation and regulatory interest, such as the ACR, FDA, etc.
Joint: Image-Guided Procedures
Topics related to the use of imaging in the guidance of localized therapeutic procedures. Localized therapies include surgery (open and/or minimally invasive), interventional radiology, and radiation therapy. All imaging modalities. For example: MR-guided neurosurgery; Ultrasound-guided biopsy; CT-guided radiation therapy. Topics should involve novel imaging techniques applied to a given therapy, novel therapeutic techniques enabled by imaging, or both.
Joint: Image-Guidance Strategies
Online, offline, and adaptive strategies for intervention and/or plan modification.
Joint: Molecular/Functional Imaging in Planning
Using novel imaging modalities to define GTV and CTV.
Joint: Methods of image Registration/fusion
Description and evaluation of methods for combining image sets.
Joint: 4D Modeling
Acquisition, construction, and use of temporally varying volumetric patient models.
Joint: Internal Localization

Adjusting setup or delivery by imaging internal structures prior to or during treatment.

Joint: External Localization

Adjusting setup or delivery by imaging external features prior to or during treatment.

Other (Imaging)
Other aspects of imaging and diagnostic medical physics, including economics, history, demographics, relation to other fields of research, and other topics.


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