External Beam Cancer Therapy

Short Name: EBCT, Project Number: T2.J07
In the European Union there are about 2.3 million cancer incidents every year. In terms of the number of deaths caused per year, cancer ranges second in the European mortality statistics. Given the massive extent of the cancer threat, decisive measures are required to improve cure rates.

The project supports an interdisciplinary approach to combat cancer. For example, dosimetry techniques are well-understood in ionizing radiation, but these concepts are only just being addressed for High Intensity Therapeutic Ultrasound (HITU). Metrology for ionising radiation has a long history, and much experience has been gained in radiation therapy in clinical environments, a field where ultrasound can draw advantages from. Metrology of ultrasound will bring new ideas into this field and will also stimulate a desirable and healthy competition between the two fields.

The central objective of this project was to provide reliable measuring techniques for all forms of cancer therapy based on external radiation. This includes freshly emerging techniques such as High Intensity Therapeutic Ultrasound and modern forms of cancer therapy using ionizing radiation, like Hadron Therapy and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT).

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Publications
Monitoring lesion formation of HIFU-treatment from radiated shear waves
2011

Proceedings 2010 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS)

Characterization and quantification of HITU fields with a fiber-optic displacement sensor
2011

Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound

HIFU Ultrasound Power Measurements at INRiM
2011

Journal of Physics: Conference Series

Characterization of HITU transducers used for external beam cancer therapy
2010

Proceedings of 3rd National Congress on Medical Devices Manufacturing

A multipurpose, semi-anatomical water phantom for TPS verifivation. IAEA/ IDOS symposium
2010

Proceedings IAEA International Symposium on Standards, Applications and Quality Assurance in Medical Radiation Dosimetry

Response of alanine dosimeters in small photon fields
2010

Proceedings IAEA International Symposium on Standards, Applications and Quality Assurance in Medical Radiation Dosimetry

Calorimetric determination of kQ factors for an NE2561 ionization chamber in 3 cm x 3 cm beams of 6 MV and 10 MV photons
2010

International Symposium on Standards, Applications and Quality Assurance in Medical Radiation Dosimetry (IDOS): Book of Extended Synopses

Measurement and modelling of beam profiles in small fields poduced by a 2.5 mm microMLC
2010

Proceedings IAEA International Symposium on Standards, Applications and Quality Assurance in Medical Radiation Dosimetry

Development of an Absorbed Dose Calorimeter for use in IMRT and Small Field External Beam Radiotherapy
2010

Proceedings IAEA International Symposium on Standards, Applications and Quality Assurance in Medical Radiation Dosimetry

Application of Dose Area Product and DAP Ratio to Dosimetry in IMRT and Small Field External Beam Radiotherapy
2010

Proceedings IAEA International Symposium on Standards, Applications and Quality Assurance in Medical Radiation Dosimetry

Feasibility of HIFU tissue ablation in the presence of ribs using a 2D random phased array
2010

Proceedings: 9th International Symposium On Therapeutic Ultrasound ISTU 2009

Conversion of dose-to-graphite to dose-to-water in clinical proton beams
2010

Proceedings IAEA International Symposium on Standards, Applications and Quality Assurance in Medical Radiation Dosimetry

Small and composite field dosimetry: the problems and recent progress
2010

Proceedings IAEA International Symposium on Standards, Applications and Quality Assurance in Medical Radiation Dosimetry

Dosimetry for Ion Beam Radiotherapy
2010

Physics in Medicine and Biology

Performance of a CVD diamond detector for dosimetry radiotherapy photon beams
2010

Proceedings IAEA International Symposium on Standards, Applications and Quality Assurance in Medical Radiation Dosimetry

Experimental investigation of al Computed Radiography system as detector for dosimetry
2010

Proceedings IAEA International Symposium on Standards, Applications and Quality Assurance in Medical Radiation Dosimetry

Monte-Carlo calculation of beam quality correction factors and comparison with experimental measurements
2009

World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering ; (IFMBE proceedings: 25,1): (2009)

On the performance of monitor chambers to measure the output of medical linear accelerators for high-precision dosimetric investigations
2009

World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering ; (IFMBE proceedings: 25,1): (2009)

Measurement of the total acoustic output power of HITU transducers
2009

Proceedings: 9th International Symposium On Therapeutic Ultrasound ISTU 2009

Metrology of HITU fields
2009

Proceedings of the NAG/DAGA 2009 : International Conference on Acoustics

Metrology in External Beam Cancer Therapy
2009

Proceedings 14th International Congress of Metrology