Advancements in Clinical Brachytherapy
Recent advances in brachytherapy techniques have included the use of volumetric imaging (CT, MRI) for target delineation, ultrasound-guided applicator placement, personalized implantation of interstitial catheters, inverse planning dose optimization algorithm and model-based dose calculation methods (TG186). This session will discuss the growing use of these tools and will demonstrate their value in improving patient outcomes in the setting of GU and GYN malignancies. Applications to Head and Neck and breast treatments will also be discussed. The dosimetric impact of volume-based planning will be reviewed with emphasis on inverse planning dose optimization algorithms and the addition of interstitial needles to standard applicators.
This activity is available from January 11, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on January 10, 2021.
This activity was originally recorded at ASTRO’s 2017 Annual Meeting, September 24-27, 2017 in San Diego, CA.
This program is designed to meet the interest of radiation oncologists, radiation physicists, radiation therapists, radiation dosimetrists, and radiation oncology residents.
After this session, attendees should be able to:
- Demonstrate how volumetric imaging impacts plan quality and potential treatment outcomes in HDR brachytherapy.
- Define the effect of tissue heterogeneity in dose calculation and learn model-based dose calculation methods (e.g. Collapsed-Cone, Grid-based Boltzmann Solve).
- Discuss the potential benefit of custom designed applicators and personalized implantation of interstitial catheters in volumetric brachytherapy.
- Luc Beaulieu, PhD is employed by CHU de Quebec - University Laval and has compensation/remuneration/funding from Electa and Phillips Medical, ownership or investment interests from Standard Imaging, Inc., and holds leadership positions in Canadian Association of Physicists , AAPM/ESTRO/ABG.
- J. Adam M. Cunha, PhD is employed by University of California San Francisco and has no financial relationships with a commercial interest.
- Michael Ghilezan, MD, PhD is employed at Michigan Healthcare Professionals and has no financial relationships with a commercial interest.
The person(s) above served as the developer(s) of this activity. Additionally, the Education and CME/MOC Committees had control over the content of this activity.
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education to physicians.
ASTRO is awarded Deemed Status by the American Board of Radiology to provide SA-CME as part of Part II Maintenance of Certification.
- 1.25 Certificate of AttendanceThis activity was designated for 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
- 1.25 SA-CME
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) designates this Enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity meets the American Board of Radiology's criteria for a self-assessment activity in the ABR's Maintenance of Certification program. Participation in this course in combination with the successful completion of the corresponding assessment and course evaluation adheres to the guidelines established by the ABR for 1.25 self-assessment credits.
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- Nonmember: $105
- Member: $55
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The course and its materials will only be available on the ASTRO website for that 3 year period regardless of purchase date. At the expiration of the qualification, participants will no longer have access to the course or its materials. ASTRO reserves the right to remove a course before the end of its qualification period.
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