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RadPro 365 News-Zone for May 2019

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A “Radiographers life” in Radiotherapy… a monthly Blog by Duncan Hynd
The role of a therapy radiographer in the age of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Will the critical shortages of therapy radiographers mean that we are about to be replaced by AI, robots and machine learning systems and that will essentially solve the training, retention and employment problems in our profession by stealth?
The Society of Radiographers have just announced that the new apprentice programs are now “GO” and where a more vocational training environment in combination with a prospective employer and a degree course will allow employers to “attract and select individuals they believe have the potential to become radiographers”. It has also been announced this month that the University of Portsmouth is to close its degree course in radiotherapy and oncology in 2020 for which the timing is particularly ironic and may well impact on recruitment in the South further exacerbating the current problem.

I looked at these issues in my January blog and reported on some items in the media relating to this. The College of Radiographers published some of their latest feedback and information on Radiographer Apprenticeships in my February blog and now having read some of the latest books on the impact of Artificial Intelligence on us and especially the workplace, I thought it would be interesting this month to see how this might impact on our profession.
My question is what are the powers that be simply focusing on recruitment and retention issues and dealing with those when they perhaps should be concentrating on the role of a therapy radiographer and its definition over the coming years and how that might look in the years leading up to 2050.To read the May blog click here

“Innovations in Radiotherapy”


Our new leading monthly industry profile of the latest products and services in radiotherapy

Our new leading monthly industry profile of the latest products and services in radiotherapy.
This month we feature
Xstrahl Learning Portal


The Xstrahl Learning Portal is the only free online learning and reference tool for future and current radiotherapy professionals, which is open to everyone.

Xstrahl Medical, global leader in superficial radiotherapy devices to treat non-melanoma skin cancer and dermatological conditions, is launching its new Xstrahl Learning Portal. This comprehensive free resource provides all current and future radiotherapy professionals access to over 20 years of radiotherapy knowledge and experience from the Xstrahl clinical panel.

Constructed with clarity at its heart, the free learning platform offers a non-biased tool for radiotherapy professionals everywhere, with key learnings and experience to not only help current radiotherapy professionals worldwide, but the new generation.

To read more on this innovative learning portal click here
To access the learning modules and get started click here

Contact details: Neil Madle,, +44 7776 659529

 “Tweets of the Month”

We highlight some of the most popular and interesting tweets of the month from partner companies

Click on the tweet to be taken to Twitter

"Question of the month!"

Will the use of Artificial intelligence (AI) decrease medical costs ?

Virtual nursing assistants are predicted to become more common and these will use AI to answer patient’s questions and help reduce unnecessary hospital visits. They will be useful as they are available 24/7 and may eventually be able to give wellness checks with the use of AI and voice.

The speciality that has gained the greatest attention is the field of Radiology. An ability to interpret imaging results may aid clinicians in detecting a minute change in an image that a clinician might accidentally miss.

As technology evolves and is implemented in more workplaces, many fear that their jobs will be replaced by robots or machines. 

Artificial intelligence in healthcare is coming and so to learn more click here
or read Duncan’s May blog relating AI to radiotherapy here  

"What we’re watching"

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

  • Superficial Radiotherapy as a treatment for Dupuytren’s disease and skin cancer. Watch here
  • RADiant is the first dual-modality surface radiation therapy system offering a non-surgical treatment alternative that’s smart, simple and successful—for your patients and your practice. Watch here
  • RayCare in action at Provision. Watch here
  • Physics World - Robustness evaluation and Interplay effects. Watch here

Imaging Equipment Limited

  • SunCHECK™ 2.0 - INDEPENDENT QA. YOUR WAY. Watch here
  • Solstat immobilisation system by Civco. Watch here


  • King of the jungle receiving treatment in Hospital. Watch here
  • Sabhakar Mutyala on Breast Brachytherapy. Watch here

"What We’re Reading"

Curated News feed

Curated news items from partner companies, organisations and the press/media…
What we’re reading from partner companies in radiotherapy:

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust brings personalized precision radiotherapy to cancer patients with Elekta Unity
Elekta today announced that Elekta Unity, a transformative magnetic resonance radiation therapy (MR/RT) system that enables personalized precision radiation medicine, is in clinical use at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Elekta Unity combines two technologies: a state-of-the-art 1.5T MRI scanner and a best-in-class 7 MV linear accelerator, driven by breakthrough real-time adaptive radiotherapy software. It provides the ability to reshape the dose based on daily changes in shape, size and position of the tumor and surrounding healthy anatomy, as visualized with MRI, and then enables accurate dose delivery with real-time visualization of the tumor. Read more
  • Faith and a fish farm lead to hope for better cancer care. Read more 
  • The Elekta MR-Linac: Initial clinical experience from The Royal Marsden and the Institute of Cancer Research. Read more 
  • One stop shop for NMSC treatments. Read more 
  • Xstrahl Spotlights New RADiant Treatment System at Texas Dermatology Society Spring Meeting in Houston. Read more 
  • Proton Partners International Limited, UK, places order on treatment planning system RayStation
    Proton Partners International Limited (PPI), has placed an order for the treatment planning system (TPS) RayStation®. PPI was established in 2015 and operates the Rutherford Cancer Centres. PPI was first to provide proton therapy in the UK.
    RayStation will be used at the clinic alongside its current TPS and together with hardware solutions from vendors such as IBA, Elekta and Philips. The decision to place an order on RayStation was made to further enhance the clinic’s treatment planning potential.
    Read more
  • RaySearch 2018 annual review is here
  • PBT centre in Prague goes with RayStation. Read here
  • PTCOG 58- 10-15 June, 2019- Manchester Central Convention Complex is a particle therapy user group. Read here 

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

Thousands of prostate cancer patients could be spared side effects of radiotherapy thanks to gel which protects organs from radiation
  • A new gel could spare prostate cancer patients from radiotherapy side effects
  • NHS bosses have approved its funding and 1,000 men will recieve it in 2020
  • The gel is injected before radiotherapy and provides cushion behind prostate
  • It reduces the radiation damage passing through the prostate and other organs
  • The gel also reduces side effects such as rectal pain, bleeding and diarrhoea
Thousands of prostate cancer patients could be spared the side effects of radiotherapy thanks to a revolutionary gel which protects organs from radiation.
NHS bosses are so impressed by the ‘hydrogel’ treatment that they have provided funding for 1,000 men to receive it over the next year.
Read more

Can cancer treatment trigger the menopause?
Some cancer treatments can cause a woman to start the menopause before the age of 45-to-55, which is when it typically occurs.
Known as treatment-induced menopause, this can be brought on by the removal of both ovaries, chemo, radiotherapy or hormonal treatments.
Read more

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"Did you know?"   

Our section of interesting facts from our partners

Xstrahl has just returned from Milan, Italy, where it joined other leading system and software manufacturers to showcase the latest advances in radiation oncology at the annual European Society for Radiotherapy & meeting.
This year’s show theme was targeting optimal care together, and Xstrahl took the chance to demonstrate how its systems continue to support this theme.
Xstrahl’s primary product launch was its innovative new 150kV treatment system, a fully redesigned and improved superficial radiotherapy system optimized for treating skin cancers. A one-stop shop for non-melanoma skin cancer treatments, the new Xstrahl 150 offers its usual ease-of-use and flexibility but also has a fully rebuilt interior, meaning it can now offer built-in dosimetry, filter and applicator recognition, featherlight manoeuvrability and the option of oval applicators.
Xstrahl also spotlighted the RADiant dual-modality superficial treatment system, capable of delivering both SRT and electronic brachytherapy, and offering smart, simple and successful skin cancer treatments up to 80kV.
To support both these new systems, Xstrahl has recently launched a new free, open to everyone Xstrahl Learning Platform. This comprehensive free resource provides all current and future radiotherapy professionals with access to over 30 years of radiotherapy knowledge and experience from the Xstrahl clinical panel.
In addition, Xstrahl’s Life Science group exhibited the Small Animal Radiation Research Platform, the most advanced commercially available 3D
image guided micro irradiator.   An increasing number of scientific papers presented at ESTRO events involve pre-clinical work carried out on SARRP systems.
Xstrahl would like to say a big thank you to existing customers, prospective customers, clinical collaborators and channel partners who visited the company’s booth during the four-day event.


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