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Imaging Refresher for Standard of Care Radiation Therapy

Z Labby

W Sensakovic

E Hipp
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M Altman

Z Labby1*, W Sensakovic2*, E Hipp3*, M Altman4*, (1) The University of Michigan Hospital & Health Sys, Ann Arbor, MI, (2) Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL, (3) NYULMC Clinical Cancer Center, New York, NY, (4) Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO


MO-G-9A-1 Monday 4:30PM - 6:00PM Room: 9A

Imaging techniques and technology which were previously the domain of diagnostic medicine are becoming increasingly integrated and utilized in radiation therapy (RT) clinical practice. As such, there are a number of specific imaging topics that are highly applicable to modern radiation therapy physics. As imaging becomes more widely integrated into standard clinical radiation oncology practice, the impetus is on RT physicists to be informed and up-to-date on those imaging modalities relevant to the design and delivery of therapeutic radiation treatments. For example, knowing that, for a given situation, a fluid attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) image set is most likely what the physician would like to import and contour is helpful, but may not be sufficient to providing the best quality of care. Understanding the physics of how that pulse sequence works and why it is used could help assess its utility and determine if it is the optimal sequence for aiding in that specific clinical situation. It is thus important that clinical medical physicists be able to understand and explain the physics behind the imaging techniques used in all aspects of clinical radiation oncology practice.

This session will provide the basic physics for a variety of imaging modalities for applications that are highly relevant to radiation oncology practice: computed tomography (CT) (including kV, MV, cone beam CT [CBCT], and 4DCT), positron emission tomography (PET)/CT, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and imaging specific to brachytherapy (including ultrasound and some brachytherapy specific topics in MR). For each unique modality, the image formation process will be reviewed, trade-offs between image quality and other factors (e.g. imaging time or radiation dose) will be clarified, and typically used cases for each modality will be introduced. The current and near-future uses of these modalities and techniques in radiation oncology clinical practice will also be discussed.

Learning objectives:
1. To review the basic physical science principles of CT, PET, MR, and ultrasound imaging.
2. To understand how the images are created, and present their specific role in patient management and treatment planning for therapeutic radiation (both external beam and brachytherapy).
3. To discuss when and how each specific imaging modality is currently used in clinical practice, as well as how they may come to be used in the near future.


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