Active grants and patient protocols used in our department
Includes retrospective studies looking for patterns across patient populations, radiological studies on theoretical "phantoms" (like crash dummies, but for radiation dose), SPORE-based (Specialized Programs of Research Excellence) clinical trials and lots more.
This new research program is headed by Dr. Sha Chang and involves development of novel radiation research and clinical devices based on carbon nanotube (CNT) field emission technology (FE).
New treatment and verification techniques help us to be more effective at tumor elimination while limiting normal tissue damage. We study all aspects of the treatment process from measuring the radiation coming from the treatment machines (QA) to comparing treatment options for effectiveness and safety.
Sophisticated IGRT (Image Guided Radiotherapy) techniques require us to deform CT, MR and US images to match previous images of the same patient or to match an atlas in order to transfer atlas-embedded information back to a specific patient's images. Although no one has solved this complex issue in the general case, specific solutions enable us to treat some tumors more effectively than ever before.