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Image-Guided Oncologic Surgery


K Farahani

J Siewerdsen
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N Agar
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N Ramanujam





K Farahani1, 2*, J Siewerdsen2, N Agar3, N Ramanujam4, (1) National Cancer Institute, Rockville, MD, (2) Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, (3) Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA(4) Duke University, Durham, NC

TH-E-213CD-1 Thursday 1:00:00 PM - 2:50:00 PM Room: 213CD

Oncologic surgery relies strongly on the hand-eye coordination of surgeons and their ability to correctly determine surgical margins, distinguishing cancerous from healthy tissues. In recent years a variety of innovative intra-operative imaging technologies have been developed that allow for more accurate identification of tumor and its boundaries and they help bring quantitative measures to the surgical theater. This symposium will present some of the latest developments in intra-operative imaging technologies, including cone beam computed tomography, mass spectrometry and optical spectroscopy. Each offers to overcome the limitations of conventional surgical navigation (i.e., tracking in the context of preoperative images) and allow intraoperative assessment of the quality of tumor resection and the avoidance of adjacent, normal anatomy. Such technological advances are key to safer, more precise, and more minimally invasive interventions. In addition, we will discuss the role of medical physicists in the assessment and validation of technologies in image-guided oncologic interventions.

Learning Objectives:
1. To identify emerging imaging technologies in image-guided oncologic surgery
2. To better understand the role of various technologies toward reaching the surgical end point
3. To identify opportunities for medical physicists in assessment of technologies in image-guided oncologic interventions


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