A THOUGHT-provoking presentation on the future of radiotherapy planning approaches will be given to delegates on the opening day of the UK Radiological and Radiation Congress 2018.
IPEM Fellow Professor Andy Beavis, Head of Radiation Physics, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals, will pose the question: What tools do we need for contemporary radiotherapy treatment planning?
He plans to develop the theme that present-day radiotherapy has achieved tremendous improvements in the last 25 years, so that currently the UK is at a stage where patients receive high-quality radiotherapy, but the treatment is reliant on population-based decision making.
‘To take us to the next ‘level’ we will be focusing more on a personalised radiotherapy strategy, for which the initial step would be ‘on table adaption’ becoming a standard approach to treat ‘what we see in front of us today’,' said Andy.
‘In other words, using the high-quality imaging we have available to adapt the treatment to be as conformal/effective as possible - rather than ‘to keep the original treatment plan on-course’.
‘For this we are going to need tools/algorithms that allow rapid decision making, fast segmentation of images, tracking of organs over the respiration cycle and fast optimisation algorithms, amongst other things.’
The Congress is organised on behalf of IPEM, the British Institute of Radiology (BIR) and the Society & College of Radiographers (SCoR). It will be held at the ACC and Exhibition Centre in Liverpool from 2-4 July.
This year’s theme, ‘Disease and Diversity’, offers delegates a comprehensive and challenging scientific and educational programme, comprising a wide range of sessions and formats.
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