How collaborate on MRI in radiotherapy? 

How can MRI-physicists and radiotherapy physicists work together? That was the focus on the or educational meeting that opened this year’s national meeting for medical physicists 12 November. Representatives from the two professions educate, inspired and challenged each other.

Not only is there a need for different kinds of physicists to be integrated in each others work in order to make MRI-based radiotherapy a part of future cancer treatment. It is also very important with collaboration between doctors in oncology and radiology.

–We physicists need to be a connecting link. In every hospital you have run this process together, says Lars E Olsson, Professor of Medical Radiation Physics at Skåne University Hospital.

Interest from both scientists and industry

MRI-based radiotherapy is a field evoking interest. Normaly about 20 persons attend this day – now it was almost the double. The meeting is primarily for physicists, but this year representatives from the industry was present as well.

MRI in future clinical trials

MRI is going to be a part of the future tets environment now being developed by the Swedish Testbed for Innovative Radiotherapy. Two scientific sub-projects is focused on MRI in radiotherapy – dose planning and treatment based solely on MRI images and quality assurance for MRI-based radiotherapy. Project managers: Lars E Olsson and Tufve Nyholm, Docent of Medical Imaging at Umeå University Hospital.

– Academia, healthcare and industry has come closer. Collaboration in projects has change our relationship. Now it is not onlug about what products to buy but more about how to really drive the field of radiotherapy together in research and development projects, says Lars E Olsson.

Read more about the project MRI-based radiotherapy
Read more about the project QA for MRI-based radiotherapy