Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE 8011/8012 and MP 6011/6012 Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs


Multi-Modality Imaging for Radiation Oncology: Applications to Treatment Planning and Therapy Response Assessment


Dr. Tim Fox


Emory University School of Medicine


Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 11:00:00 AM


Boggs Building, Room 3-47, 3rd FL


Farzad Rahnema


Molecular imaging such as PET, MRI and SPECT is now used as a standard of patient care. In today’s radiation oncology department, physicians develop cancer treatment plans and assess response to therapy using molecular imaging. Integration of multi-modality imaging using image registration and anatomical segmentation methods are important for maintaining efficiency in busy departments as well as improving the quality of patient treatments. In addition, daily volumetric imaging of the patient during therapy is routinely used for image-guided radiation therapy. This seminar will present the image-guided treatment planning, delivery and response assessment tools used in today’s radiation oncology department as well as a glimpse into the future of adaptive radiation therapy. The image registration, contouring and assessment tools will be presented along with representative patient case scenarios to provide the audience with an overview of clinical practice. Research ideas from Emory’s Radiation Oncology department will also be presented in regards to multi-modality imaging.


Dr. Tim Fox is the Director of the Division of Medical Physics in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Emory University. He provides leadership for Radiation Oncology Physics at Emory University in the clinical service, teaching and research areas which includes Grady Hospital, Emory Midtown, VA Atlanta Hospital along with Emory Clinic where over 2500 patients are treated annually. Dr. Fox received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Georgia Tech with the Department of Nuclear Engineering in 1994. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiologic Physics.


Refreshments will be served.