Oncologic Radiation Therapy Imaging Research
The oncologic radiation therapy imaging research program is dedicated to initiating and performing translational research projects that involve novel imaging modalities to plan, guide (i.e., image guided radiation therapy, [IGRT]), monitor and evaluate response to radiation therapy (RT). The program comprises a group of physicists, biologists and radiation oncologists studying a wide range of imaging applications in RT.
- Wensha Yang, PhD
- Zhaoyang Fan, PhD
- Richard Tuli, MD PhD
- Stephen Shiao, MD PhD
- Zachary Zumsteg, MD
- Yong Yue, PhD
- John DeMarco, PhD
- Benedick Fraass, PhD
Our current research focuses include:
- MR guided radiation therapy for pancreas and liver stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)
- Image-guided adaptive RT for head and neck cancers
- Imaging of immune system responses to radiation
- Image-guided small-animal RT with the state-of-the-art XRAD-SMART IGRT platform
- Radiogenomic signatures to stratify cancer subtypes
- Theranostic applications for nanoparticles
- MR/PET use for radiotherapy planning and response evaluation
Our program collaborates with other BIRI faculty who are experts in imaging protocol development, and implements these novel protocols on patients who undergo radiation therapy to guide dosimetric planning design or monitor treatment response with longitudinal imaging. We also collaborate with biologists from BIRI and the regenerative medicine research program to implement the state-of-the-art small-animal IGRT platform as a BIRI core service, to significantly improve the quality and sophistication of small-animal radiation imaging and treatment.
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