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Session: Bridging Diagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy: A Pediatric Focus [Return to Session]

Bridging Diagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy: A Pediatric Focus

C Hua1*, S Brady2*, J Uh1*, J Parthasarathy3*, 1) St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, (2) Cincinnati Children's Hospital Med Ctr, Mason, OH, (3) Nationwide Childrens Hospital, Columbus, OH


TH-CD-BRB-0 (Thursday, 7/14/2022) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM [Eastern Time (GMT-4)]

Ballroom B

Imaging plays key roles in the success of radiotherapy, including tumor and organ delineation/segmentation, quantification of tumor motion, radiation dose calculation, guidance of patient positioning, treatment adaptation, in vivo verification, quality assurance, and predictions of outcome and toxicity. Synergistic collaboration between imaging experts in diagnostic radiology and physicists/scientists in radiation oncology is critical to patient safety and continued advance of cancer treatment incorporating state-of-the-art imaging technologies.

This session invites all to identify abundant opportunities waiting to be fulfilled and to brainstorm how to overcome obstacles which prevent productive collaboration. It features 3 invited presentations from imaging experts in children’s hospitals to share their knowledge and experience.

In the first presentation, Dr. Brady will review the push and efforts in CT dose reduction and protocol optimization in the radiology community over the past two decades. State-of-the-art technologies and approaches relevant to CT simulation in radiation oncology will be proposed and discussed.

In the second presentation, Dr. Uh will describe what unique contributions an MRI scientist/physicist can make in implementing and optimizing imaging protocols for pediatric MR simulation and on-treatment monitoring. Unique aspects on imaging children and adolescents with cancer will be discussed.

In the third presentation, Dr. Parthasarathy will review status and future applications of 3D printing in diagnostic radiology and radiation oncology. She will describe what a state-of-the-art 3D printing technology can achieve and how this is relevant to radiation therapy.

Learning Objectives:
1. Recognize the opportunities and hinderance in interdisciplinary collaboration between imaging experts and therapeutic physicists.
2. Be updated on state-of-the-art CT dose reduction and protocol optimization that can be applied to radiotherapy simulation and image guidance.
3. Learn how to synergize team efforts in implementing, operating, and optimizing MR simulation for children and adolescents.
4. Understand innovative applications of 3D printing with multimodality imaging for education, research, patient care in radiology and radiation oncology.



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