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RadPro 365 Live News-Zone for September 2019

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A “Radiographers life” in Radiotherapy… a monthly Blog by Duncan Hynd
September blog: Wimbledon Serves Up a New Business Opportunity!
When the designs were drawn up for a new private radiotherapy centre in Wimbledon in 2001 there were really no dedicated or specialist radiotherapy “heavy” door suppliers operating in the UK. The large US based companies that can deliver essentially “ready-made” bunkers or fast-build, high density brick-based systems were not represented and most other companies were largely radiology based usually providing shielding solutions for diagnostic imaging and so a new business opportunity presented itself.
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“Innovations in Radiotherapy” 

This month we feature the Sheffield Hallam University initiative to encourage more male radiographers in to the therapeutic radiographer profession.

There is a new and innovative research project underway at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) to look more closely at the issues involved in recruiting more males to train as therapeutic radiographers and they have already come up with some interesting and varied solutions.

Statistics suggest that only one in five radiographers involved in cancer treatment are men and the research project highlights a forward-thinking pathway to try to change this.

Duncan Hynd, a therapeutic radiographer (and founder of RadPro) who has spent his entire career working in radiotherapy both clinically and commercially for almost 40 years said “ I fully support this initiative and would be happy to become a role model as suggested at recruitment events and can vouch for the fact that a career in radiotherapy as a radiographer is an extremely rewarding and varied profession”

To read more click here

 “Tweets of the Month”

This month we feature some Highlights from ASTRO 19 in Chicago. Click on the image to go to the twitter feeds.

Click on the tweet to be taken to Twitter

"Question of the month!"

How might we get more men to train as therapeutic radiographers?

Aside from the summary in the headline “Innovations in Radiotherapy” feature link above we would like to hear from you via our twitter feed @RadProWebsite with your ideas and suggestions.

"What we’re watching"

e showcase some selected videos of interest to our readers in radiotherapy and those from our partners

Image-Guided Electron Therapy
  • IntraOp provides a comprehensive system, including IntraOp Prelude, IntraOp Sightline and IntraOp Mobetron for image-guided electron therapy. Watch here

Orthovoltage Radiotherapy Patient Journey by Xstrahl

  • Follow the journey of an orthovoltage radiotherapy patient at the Cheltenham General Hospital, UK.  Watch here

"What We’re Reading"

Curated News feed

  • Xstrahl Introduces Image-Guidance for Superficial and Orthovoltage Radiotherapy Systems - XSight System Enhances View of Treatment Process and Aids Precision
    Xstrahl, global leader in orthovoltage radiotherapy devices to treat non-melanoma skin cancer and dermatological conditions, is introducing advanced image-guidance capabilities for its range of treatment devices. The new XSight image-guidance system, which is today being introduced at the ASTRO (American Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology) meeting in Chicago, is a sleek and streamlined way of giving clinicians a better view of the targeted area during treatment.  Read more
  • First clinical use of Monte Carlo photon dose planning in RayStation
    Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany, has treated its first patient using Monte Carlo photon dose planning in RayStation®*. The decision to go clinical was made after a thorough validation of the functionality. The first patient, who has cervical cancer involving the lymph nodes, was recently treated. Read more 

  • First patients treated with machine learning generated plans as part of an evaluation study at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Canada
    The first-ever patient radiation therapy treatments generated with machine learning in the RayStation® treatment planning system (TPS) have been conducted. Patients with localized prostate cancer are being treated with this unique technology at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Canada, as part of a comprehensive evaluation study. Read more

  • Renowned medical university will install IntraOp’s electron IORT technology to bring Image Guided Electron Therapy to Salzburg, Austria.
    IntraOp Medical Corporation announced today that University Hospital Salzburg (SALK) Austria  has purchased the IntraOp’s third generation Mobetron and advanced treatment planning software, to pursue implementing Image Guided
    Electron Therapy (IGET) for intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) clinically. Read more
  • Elekta announces exclusive agreement with DOSIsoft for distribution of key patient-specific QA solutions
    Products fill out company's Elekta Assurance portfolio for comprehensive end-to-end quality assurance
    Elekta has signed a distribution agreement with DOSIsoft, a company that offers patient-specific quality assurance (QA) software, to be the sole distributor of three DOSIsoft patient QA products – MU2Net, EPIbeam and EPIgray® – completing its Elekta Assurance portfolio, a comprehensive suite of easy-to-use, web-based QA tools. Read more

  • Xstrahl holds SARRP User Meeting in conjunction with ICRR
    Xstrahl would like to say a big thank you to all the participants of the SARRP User Meeting hosted by the Xstrahl Life Sciences team on August 25th, 2019, the first day of the ICRR 2019 conference. The SARRP User Meeting brought together SARRP scientists from Europe and the USA to share outstanding research and build a scientific network that will help improve the use of the technology in the future. The symposium was chaired by Prof. Anthony Chalmers, Chairman of Clinical Oncology (Clinical Trials Research) at the University of Glasgow, who opened the day with a fascinating talk on “Precision radiotherapy for studies of effects on intracranial tumours and the normal brain”. Read more

Pic: SARRP users

What we’re reading in the Press and International Media, some selected thought-provoking stories:

Cancer patients could be taught to hold their breath for SIX MINUTES 'to boost radiotherapy success by helping to keep them still

Every breath causes the chest and abdomen to move by up to 4cm (1.5inches)

Volunteers were given oxygen-enriched air and had carbon dioxide removed

This made it safe for them to hold their breath for up to six minutes

Cancer patients could be taught to hold their breath for six minutes to boost the success of radiotherapy, scientists claim.

University of Birmingham scientists gave 30 volunteers oxygen-enriched air, while removing carbon dioxide from their lungs via a mechanical ventilator.

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Targeted prostate cancer radiotherapy technique could cut treatment time from two months to two weeks

Advanced radiotherapy technology could cut prostate cancer treatment time from two months to two weeks, new research suggests.

Scientists say the technique could safely deliver curative treatment for some patients, and significantly reduce the time from the standard.

In the PACE-B trial researchers used ultra-hypofractionated stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) to deliver five higher doses of radiation to patients over one to two weeks.

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"Did you know?"   

Our section of interesting facts from our partners

IntraOp Medical Corporation is the pioneer in portable electron-beam Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) and introduced the Mobetron clinically in 1993?

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Virtual Exhibition Stand of the month…  can’t get to ASTRO in September or other meetings and exhibitions, why not check out the stands of our leading international partner companies. This month it’s Xstrahl.

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