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Program Information

New and exciting for the 2017 Program:

  • MPLA Leadership Session (Pre-registration required) Tuesday, August 1, 2017 | 1:45-3:45 In the symposium, Leading from the Middle, experts in the field of Leadership Effectiveness will focus on methods to enhance and grow your current leadership skills focusing on networks and interactions to maximize performance and outcomes. Participation by each attendee is expected; space is limited for this interactive program.
  • ePosters
    • NEW and IMPROVED General ePoster Discussions - In addition to the moderated ePosters in the ePoster Theater, we will expand our ePoster capabilities and include ePoster stations throughout the lounge areas in the Exhibit Hall. General ePosters include a select group of high-scoring posters identified by the Program Directors to be of special interest to attendees of the scientific program. This is an alternative to the hardcopy general poster to allow the authors to present their general poster electronically at a large screen display, dedicated to only their poster during a specifically assigned 30-minute timeslot. These General ePoster presentations will occur in the ePoster Theater and throughout the Exhibit Hall promoting lively discussion and scientific exchange.
  • Distinguished Lectureships:
    • The Carson/Zagzebski Distinguished Lecture on Medical Ultrasound - Lihong Wang, Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, will present Photoacoustic Tomography: Multiscale Imaging from Organelles to Patients by Ultrasonically Beating Optical Diffusion. This presentation will be held during the diagnostic ultrasound imaging sessions within the Special 3-day Ultrasound Track.
    • The Anne and Donald Herbert Distinguished Lectureship in Modern Statistical Modeling - Daniel Krewski, PhD, MHA, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Chair in Risk Science, Professor and Director, McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment, University of Ottawa will discuss the statistical modeling involved in making conclusions from analysis of accumulated data on the effects of radiation at low doses.
  • Special 3-Day Program on Ultrasound (Monday - Wednesday, July 31 – August 2, 2017).
  • Joint scientific symposium with the World Molecular Imaging SocietyImaging Hypoxia
  • Joint scientific symposium with ESTROAAPM Symposium: From Bench to Bedside via Veterinary Radiation Oncology
  • MR-in-RT mini-series: MR-in-RT is a multi-part course on the role of MRI in radiation therapy, intended to offer comprehensive and focused education to both imaging and therapy physicists, including those who may have missed the MRgRT certificate course offered previously. Coordinated sessions will be held in the Imaging Education, Therapy Education, Joint Scientific, Professional, and Practical programs.
  • Educational Topic-Specific Guided Tours on the Exhibit Floor. Come visit our vendors as part of a guided tour. Topics for this year are Imaging: Quality Assurance Phantoms in Diagnostic Imaging; and Therapy: Secondary Dose Calculation Programs. Tourists will first hear a short introduction on the selected topic by one of the leaders in the field, then follow their AAPM-member Tour Guide to the vendor booths to hear about their related products. SAMs credit will be offered. Pre-registration required.
  • Attend sessions aligned with your interest and get SAMs: Similar to last year, with only a few exceptions, all invited sessions in the Education, Science, Professional, and Practical Tracks will offer SAMs. SAMs questions can be answered on your own following the completion of the session. Attendance is verified using a participation device on your badge. Registration for the Participation Device is required for the SAMs Program.

Certificate Course:
Beyond Clinical Imaging: The Role of the Medical Physicist in Clinical Trials and Response Assessment

This year’s Certificate Course will be on Wednesday of the meeting (August 2) on the topic of “Beyond Clinical Imaging: The Role of the Medical Physicist in Clinical Trials and Response Assessment”.  This course will be open to all registrants and will focus on the important roles that medical physicists - both diagnostic and therapeutic - play in clinical trials and in clinical practice where the assessment of patient response to treatment is being evaluated.  This course will consist of 4 sessions: (a) an education session that will focus on clinical trials - both those using radiation therapy and those that involve diagnostic imaging - and on the roles that medical physicists may play in each; (b) an education session on advanced technologies such as MR-PET and MR/RT that are being used for trials and response assessment; (c) a scientific session with proffered talks on these topics and (d) a session that will describe several active clinical trial settings and the roles that medical physicists are playing now and in the future.   All sessions aim to be relevant to both diagnostic and therapeutic medical physicists, will seek to identify the unique requirements of trials compared to clinical practice and seeks to increase the communication between physicists in these important activities. All those who register for the AAPM meeting (weekly or Wednesday daily) will have access to these sessions as usual.

The mini-track will also serve as the certificate course at this year’s meeting, which provides an in-depth review of a particular topic with verification of learning objectives through on-line homework. Attendees may enroll in the certificate program for an additional fee. Enrollment in the program entitles participants to dedicated seating in the mini-track sessions as well as additional online materials. Following the meeting, certificate program participants will be required to take an online examination which covers the material presented throughout the day-long mini-track. Enrollees who demonstrate satisfactory attendance at the course and successful completion of the online examination (available after the meeting) will receive a certificate of completion for this course.

Partners in Solutions

Partners in Solutions continues to offer a unique way for physicists to interact with and learn from our vendors, with vendors providing physics-level applications training classes in a special-purpose lecture room located on the exhibit floor. These are not sales pitches, but practical information for the clinical physicist from the people who know their systems in depth. Topics for this year are:

  • Imaging: Metal Artifact Reduction.  Metallic implants in a patient undergoing CT produce artifacts in the image set which can mask the anatomy and interfere with the accurate interpretation of the images. Learn about techniques and algorithms that vendors have introduced to minimize these artifacts.
  • Therapy: Patient Treatment Delivery Verification.  A variety of methods are now available for clinical verification of radiation treatment delivery, particularly for IMRT/VMAT treatments but also applicable to static fields.  Vendors will present their solutions, describing how they work, how to interpret the results, and the pros and cons.  A better understanding of the available options will help the clinical physicist chose the best solution for his or her clinic.

Look for the Partners In Solutions sessions on the meeting program. CE credit will be offered. Come learn with us!

SPS Undergraduate Research & Outreach

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) Undergraduate Research & Outreach poster session highlights the work of undergraduate students with an interest in medical physics.  The first author (and presenter) of all posters in this session must be an undergraduate at the time of submission.  Posters should reflect either research related to medical physics or outreach to promote the importance of and relationship between physics in medicine.  All undergraduate members are invited to submit.

The following topics will be offered during the meeting:

Special 3-Day Program on Ultrasound

This track highlights recent advances in ultrasound for diagnostic imaging, ultrasound for guidance and control of radiation therapy, and therapeutic ultrasound such as MR guided HIFU and hyperthermia. These ultrasound symposia and scientific sessions have been allocated as a three day track.  Day 1 will highlight advances of ultrasound imaging technology applied to guiding and planning external beam radiation therapy and brachytherapy. Day 2 covers image guided therapeutic ultrasound, with clinical sessions covering HIFU in oncology and neurology, treatment planning, therapy monitoring, and innovative directions of therapeutic ultrasound for hyperthermia, thermal ablation, enhanced radiotherapy, targeted drug delivery, and immunotherapies. Day 3 brings together advances in diagnostic imaging, innovations in liver ultrasound imaging, contrast agents and theranostics, and includes the Carson-Zagzebski Distinguished Lectureship on Medical Ultrasound. A selection of proffered abstracts are incorporated within these sessions, and within a SNAP oral session. Each daily track begins with an Educational Session related to the subsequent scientific sessions: a two hour hands on ultrasound workshop to highlight US imaging and therapy systems; a primer on the biological and clinical rationale for ultrasound energy combined with radiation therapy/chemotherapy/immunotherapy; and a primer on QA for diagnostic ultrasound.

Imaging Track

The 2017 Imaging Track highlights ongoing research and advances in Imaging in Medical Physics.  In addition to proffered sessions, this track will include scientific symposia on photon counting detector and applications in CT, mammography, and phase contrast imaging, digital PET to update the most recent advances in PET and PET/CT, Deep learning in medical imaging, novel x-ray source for new applications, Status of sub-mSv CT imaging, Hypoxia Imaging in partnering with the World Molecular Imaging Society. Similar to other tracks, the goal is to offer SAM credits for all symposia for those participating in the ABR’s MOC program to keep up with the state-of-the-art in imaging science and technology. The scientific symposia and the proffered scientific sessions will explore the state of the art and also new frontiers in imaging.

Therapy Track

The 2017 Therapy Track will showcase several current hot topics in therapy physics including emerging fields that present unique opportunities:  The role of physics in epidemiology, normal tissue dose-volume effects for SBRT, advances in brachytherapy, radiomics for lung cancer, Microscopic Monte Carlo simulations for radiobiology modeling, and emerging QA techniques for modern rad therapy.  This year’s Joint Symposium of AAPM and ESTRO is titled ‘From Bench to Bedside via veterinary Radiation Oncology.’  As with other tracks, we are aiming to offer SAM credits for all symposia. 

Joint Imaging-Therapy Track

The 2017 Joint Imaging-Therapy Track will feature exciting topics highlighting the latest science incorporating imaging for improving therapeutic interventions. In addition to over 30 hours of proffered sessions, this track will include invited symposia covering many exciting topics. For example, the topics on Automated segmentation, in vivo dose verification, optical image-guided surgery, MR guided radiation therapy, nanoparticles, machine learning in radiomics, functional and quantitative MRI, and research funding symposium from NIH. This year, the goal is to offer all of the symposia for SAM credits for those participating in the ABR’s MOC program who don’t want to miss out on hearing the latest science in imaging and therapy.  Where possible we are coordinating sequential sessions from different tracks.  For example, we will have sessions on machine learning from the Education Program, followed by symposia on new advancements and applications organized by the Imaging and Joint Imaging-Therapy Tracks.

Educational Course - Imaging Track

The 2017 Imaging Education Track will feature a total of sixteen educational sessions, including 25 hours of CME and 18 hours of SAM sessions. General education sessions will cover CT, Nuclear Medicine, MRI, Mammography, Radiography, and Fluoroscopy. New this year are focused sessions on 4D imaging, stereotactic breast biopsy, and quantitative dual energy CT. Special attention was given to coordinating content between the imaging and therapy tracks in order to fulfill this year’s theme of “Connecting Our Pathways. Unifying Our Profession.” Two mini- courses will bridge imaging and therapy physics on the topics of MR in Radiation Therapy and Medical Physics 3.0.

Educational Course - Therapy Track

The 2017 Therapy Education track will feature 32 hours of educational sessions designed to meet the diverse interests of our membership, with the majority of sessions being SAM sessions. The program will include topics in electron therapy, optimization, shielding, electronic charting, big data, MRI in RT, SRS/SBRT, IGRT, brachytherapy, intra-operative RT, proton therapy, machine learning, EPID-based machine QA and safety.  New this year are joint Therapy & Imaging Education sessions (identified as cross-hatched on the program) focusing on radiation protection and shielding, and the concept of MedPhys 3.0.  Core therapy physics topics highlighted in this year’s education program include electron dosimetry and calculation algorithms, TG-51 and ICRU-90 updates, and radiation protection and shielding.

Practical Medical Physics Track

The Practical Medical Physics Track features presentations designed for practicing, clinical medical physicists.  For 2017, the practical medical physics track will feature a variety of expert speakers who will focus on topics you can implement immediately into your practice.  Sessions will be offered that focus on both Therapy and Imaging, so there’s something for everyone within the Practical track.

Professional Track

The Professional Track will be offering sessions designed to keep our imaging, research, and therapy members abreast of the latest profession-related developments. Topics this year include a point-counterpoint discussion on medical physicist assistants, a medical physics leadership academy session, updates on upcoming Medical Physics Practice guidelines, international, ethics, diversity, and other relevant aspects of our profession. SAMs sessions will be offered.

  • Economics and Legal
  • Workforce Reports
  • MPPG and TG Updates
  • Leadership Topics
  • New Member Symposium
  • Question Writing Workshop
  • ABR: Prep, Therapy and Diagnostic and MOC Update

Science Council Session

Topic: Big Data, Deep Learning, and AI in Imaging and Radiation Oncology

The Science Council Session includes proffered abstracts on a topic at the cutting-edge of medical physics research, presented in a special, high-visibility proffered oral session. For the 2017 Annual Meeting, the Scientific Program invites abstract submissions on “Big Data, Deep Learning, and AI in Imaging and Radiation Oncology,” emphasizing research on physics contributions to artificial intelligence and the application of deep learning to find useful meaning to big data.

Criteria for abstract evaluation include the novelty of the research, the emphasis on innovation in the development and application of artificial intelligence and deep learning, and the potential impact / significance in diagnosis and therapeutic intervention.

Innovation in Medical Physics Education

The Education Council of the AAPM is sponsoring a session to honor and publicize Innovation in Medical Physics Education. AAPM members are invited to submit an abstract describing innovative medical physics educational activities for radiology residents, radiation oncology residents, medical physicists, technologists or others. The abstract can describe novel teaching strategies such as team teaching or adult learning efforts, novel educational materials such as lectures, websites, educational videos or interactive media, novel program designs, or other innovations. Submissions will be judged on the following criteria: the level of innovation, the potential for educational use, the extent to which the innovation has already been implemented and assessed, and how readily the innovation could be implemented or used at a variety of other institutions.

The top six submissions will be invited to present their abstracts at the session during the Annual Meeting. Each speaker will be allocated 15 minutes. The top presenting abstract will be announced at the Awards Ceremony during the Annual Meeting and presented a plaque and a $2,000 prize. The Award for Innovation in Medical Physics Education is made possible by a generous bequest of Harold Marcus.