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The Department of Radiation Oncology at Washington University in St. Louis is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual WUSTL Symposium on Optimizing MRI-Guided Radiotherapy, a workshop to be held at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel on May 7-8, 2015. Use of magnetic resonance imaging in radiation therapy has substantially increased over the past several years. Numerous recent research and technical developments for use of MRI in RT are showing level of development similar to that of early days of IMRT, IGRT, SBRT, etc. and are indicating that MRI is becoming one of the cornerstones of RT. These developments are further supported by numerous MRI based commercial prodRegistration Informationuct offerings specifically designed for RT. This workshop is designed to educate clinicians (physicians, physicists, dosimetrists, administrators, etc.) on the state of the art for use of MRI in RT and to provide researchers an opportunity for learning about unresolved clinical issues and other needs for further research. The workshop has a unique format with approximately equal number of presentations by radiologists, radiation oncologists, and medical physicists. Faculty is a mixture of Washington University clinicians and leading clinicians in the use of MRI in RT from around the US. The proposed program will span a comprehensive set of topics from the use of MRI for cancer diagnosis through MRI based treatment management and follow up.

Meeting Objectives

MRI has both an established as well as several rapidly evolving roles in the clinical practice of Radiation Therapy. While MRI has been used for nearly 3 decades as an adjunct to precision treatment planning due to superior soft tissue contrast, recent developments including recommendations for Brachytherapy treatment planning, rapid expansion of MRI systems primarily directed to Radiation Therapy utilization, integration of MRI as embedded technology for daily and live treatment guidance, and growing evidence of the potential of more advance MRI-derived quantitative information such as diffusion and perfusion measurements to impact individualized treatment planning, modification and assessment have brought to the forefront several needs for the clinical radiotherapy community. It is important for Radiation Oncology professionals to have a deeper understanding of the fundamentals, benefits, and potential limitations of MRI, and at the current nascent stage of broad adoption, it is critical to provide a dedicated forum where advanced clinical developments can be discussed and common solutions debated and discussed. This workshop will address some of these needs. Major foci of the workshop will include:

  • Education of the community on MRI-specific issues (technology, imaging hardware and sequence optimization, quality assurance)
  • Helping define the current and evolving roles of MRI utilization in Radiation Oncology, including current evidence of clinical benefit of MRI utilization
  • Provide focused discussions on MRI technology optimization for Radiation Therapy (including MRI imaging systems and related coils as well as ancillary equipment such as immobilization systems, lasers, and quality assurance devices)
  • Imaging sequence optimization and tradeoffs for Radiation Therapy
  • Clinical solutions for MRI utilization in Radiation Therapy, including:
    • MRI-guided Brachytherapy
    • MRI-aided treatment planning
    • MRI in image guidance of treatment delivery
    • Early experience with integrated MRI and treatment systems
  • Impact of motion, metal, immobilization, and other factors on MRI for Radiation Therapy
  • Discuss advances in technology and implementation of MRI-guided simulation, planning and treatment systems in clinics
  • Evaluate needs for the Radiation Oncology that are currently unmet by both technology and clinical processes
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