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RadPro 365 Live News-Zone for October 2020

News-Zone Focus

Innovations in Radiotherapy

Our leading monthly industry profile of the latest innovative products and services in radiotherapy.
This month we feature RadPro EXPO – virtual exhibition stands
Way back in 2011 we launched the first ever virtual radiotherapy exhibition called RadPro EXPO! This had a virtual poster and ppt zone, published papers, video and webinar/presentation areas too. Each participating company had a virtual exhibition stand to meet potential customers or users based on a digital map of the exhibit and their stand location.
It allowed anyone, in a cost-effective way to attend meetings from their home, office and public transport especially if they were not able to travel to other cities or countries.
We like to lead and not follow and our EXPO was unique and very popular. This was almost a decade before anyone had ever heard of Covid-19 and the fact that travelling and meeting in large groups was to be essentially banned for health reasons.
Now every congress and exhibition has become virtual and so our USP has been imitated world-wide and our innovative ideas have been seen to be very prescient and ahead of their time!
Pic: Interactive 3D stand example
As a successful  international forum for radiotherapy professionals that focuses on providing companies and organisations working in radiotherapy with an innovative  platform to communicate with existing and potential users we will now offer our partners the option of a 3D virtual exhibition stand on our EXPO corporate directory that will be live and online 24/7 and 365 days per year at a low cost.
Pic: Chatbots are available on all our virtual stands to speak to people who come by!
This will allow you to offer video based product presentations and have our RadPro chatbot available to virtually answer questions either in real time or delayed and sent to you by email along with other features to link to your website and your products and services as we already do with our 2D stands.
Pic: 2D stand example for RadPro from our original EXPO idea
Pic: 2D stand example for RadPro from our original EXPO idea
If your company, organisation, agency or department want to have a stand on our perpetual RadPro EXPO just contact admin@RadPro.eu for more information on our costs effective innovation
Go to the current EXPO here: http://www.radpro.eu/365-live/.

 Social Media Spotlight

We highlight some of the most popular tweets regarding ASTRO 2020 this week.
PTW is on LinkedIn

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News-Zone comment and analysis

Monthly Blog

A radiographer’s life. A 40-year career in radiotherapy.

The October blog written for RadPro by Duncan Hynd 

Things we didn’t see coming!
One of the problems with writing blogs and using social media is that developments in the future can come back to bite you!

How wrong you were Jeremy! Or was he?
On the 22nd December 2019 in his final Sunday Times article of the year, Jeremy Clarkson ended by saying the following in relation to the red wall falling to the Conservatives the last election and these voters looking to Boris Johnson to turn back time: “The pound has soared, restaurants are full of people paying £100 per head for lunch, no one’s house has been confiscated and even the most ardent Remainers have now put down their megaphones. It should be a peaceful Christmas, let’s hope so and a happy one too. See you on the flipside”
If you work in radiotherapy it’s a good read.

Question of the month

Since when has our nations “health” been judged purely by the absence of Covid-19?
Is the ‘absence of Covid’ leading us down a path of extreme national self-harm with collateral damage to NHS services including radiotherapy and cancer care, screening, livelihoods, employment, mental health and elderly people hiding away at home being just a few examples.
Why not take part in our latest YouRad Opinion_RT poll where we ask you some important questions such as:
Should radiotherapy be part of a carrot and stick approach to health-care in the UK?
You can take part here.

Did you know? 

The definition of “virtual” in the Oxford English dictionary is:
Adjective - Almost or nearly as described, but not completely or according to strict definition ie "the virtual absence of border controls"
Computing - Not physically existing as such but made by software to appear to do so. ie "virtual images"
Optics - relating to the points at which rays would meet if produced backwards.
Mechanics - relating to or denoting infinitesimal displacements of a point in a system.
Physics - denoting particles or interactions with extremely short lifetimes and (owing to the uncertainty principle) indefinitely great energies, postulated as intermediates in some processes.

Editor’s comment
Do you want to write a blog for RadPro or share your current blog with our international radiotherapy readers?
I started my blog for RadPro 18 months ago and write a monthly article called “A Radiographer’s Life, A 40-year career in radiotherapy”. I wanted to document what an amazing varied career radiotherapy offers and to use these stories and anecdotes to try to tempt more people into our profession.
I think they are a good read and document the changes that the last 40 years have seen from a clinical and commercial perspective, being a student to qualifying, working clinically on some interesting old equipment, new developments and some career highs and lows including some good and bad commercial ideas!
I had hoped that some of the radiography professional bodies would share this with their members and perhaps use it to tempt students to embrace radiotherapy but that has not happened as yet but if we can add your blog or your potential blog to RadPro, this might become a more powerful force.
Anyway, as you know our popular international radiotherapy forum RadPro combines the latest News, Opinion and Blog.
If you work in radiotherapy clinically, in the industry or any other area and write a blog or want to write one, please let us know.
We want to share your history, thoughts, ideas for the future and news on our website and so email us on admin@RadPro.org.uk if you are interested!
You can read all my past blogs here.

RadPro TV

What we’re watching. We showcase selected videos of interest to our readers in radiotherapy from our partners.

Welcome to Mevion’s Virtual Booth at ASTRO 2020
Take a virtual tour here, it’s well worth it!
https://vimeo.com/471037260
 

UK and World News


What we’re reading. Our curated news feed
What we’re reading from partner companies in radiotherapy
What we’re reading in the press and international media, some selected, thought-provoking stories:
Elekta introduces new radiotherapy solution to help address worldwide cancer burden
Elekta today introduced its Elekta Harmony* linear accelerator), a cancer treatment system designed to meet healthcare centers’ need for a productive, precise and versatile radiotherapy treatment system. Harmony perfectly balances productivity, versatility and precision without compromise, making it a solution for both mature and developing markets. Read more. 

The all new RayPilot® HypoCath® is an electromagnetic prostate tracking solution that requires no surgical intervention.
It works with conventional linacs and is in clinical use in extreme hypofractionated / SBRT protocols. Click below to view the latest white paper describing first use in 4 x 9,5 Gy prostate treatments at San Gerardo Hospital in Monza Italy and for a short PDF overview of the RayPilot system. Read more. 

First IntraOp Electron IORT and FLASH HDR System installed in Canada at Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM)
New clinical technology and preclinical FLASH radiotherapy in one platform to advance research and treatments for cancer patients. Read more. 

RaySearch will present further advances in machine learning and support for brachytherapy at ASTRO 2020
RaySearch Laboratories will demo its latest advances in oncology software at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 2020 Annual Meeting. Visitors will be offered the opportunity to book personal online demos of treatment planning system RayStation and oncology information system RayCare. Read more. 

Mevion to Highlight FLASH Therapy Momentum at ASTRO 2020
At the first virtual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 2020 Annual Meeting, October 23rd to the 29th, Mevion will highlight its research and development progress demonstrating the FLASH effect on commercially available MEVION S250i compact proton accelerators. Read more. 

Mevion Ships the First Compact Accelerator Module to China
Mevion Medical Systems announced today that it has shipped the accelerator module for the MEVION S250i Proton Therapy System® to Kunshan, China. The 15-ton compact accelerator, the heart of the proton therapy system, is the smallest of its kind and will be the first in China. Read more. 
 
What we’re reading in the press and international media, some selected thought-provoking stories:

Golden retriever has party to celebrate end of radiotherapy due to brain tumour
Part of this therapy included a course of radiotherapy on a machine normally only used humans, which his owners and vets believed would go some way to reducing the tumour and prolonging Claude’s life. Read more.
 
New comfort box service launch to help radiotherapy patients
Hundreds more women will be able to receive extra comfort as they start radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer following the launch of a new comfort box. Read more. 
 
Scientists to study how lung cancer radiotherapy is affected by COVID-19
A new national project investigating changes in radiotherapy services during COVID-19 has been launched by a team of Manchester cancer clinicians. Read more. 
 
In vivo dosimetry should play a pivotal role in radiation therapy
Radiation therapy is a complex procedure, with a series of equipment and dosimetry checks performed before every treatment to ensure its safety and accuracy. Read more. 
 
Timing of radiotherapy after radical prostatectomy
The optimal timing of radiotherapy after radical prostatectomy remains unclear. Previous prospective, randomised clinical trials showing that adjuvant radiotherapy was associated with a reduced risk of recurrence in patients at risk. Read more.

Any other business

Our section on upcoming meetings, webinars and CPD
RaySearch
We welcome our users to the 9th European RayStation User Meeting. Invitations have been sent out via email and communicated in RaySearch Community. Please contact your local sales representative or event@raysearchlabs.com if you have any questions.
Date: 2020-11-19 09:00
Location: Online
End date: 2020-11-20 17:00

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