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Thermal imaging monitors radiotherapy efficacy

Thermal images recorded on a smartphone with thermal camera attachments. (Courtesy: Israel Gannot) The ability to assess the impact of radiation on malignant tumours during a course of radiotherapy could help improve its effectiveness for individual patients. Based on tumour response, physicians could modify the treatment regimen, dose and radiation field accordingly. Israeli researchers have now demonstrated that thermography may provide a viable radiotherapy monitoring Read More

How our research is making radiotherapy smarter and kinder for cancer patients

We’ve come a long way from the early days of radiotherapy. Thanks to years of research, the treatment cures many patients, and we’re now working on ways to make it smarter, kinder and more convenient for them. Radiotherapy has an image problem. It has been used to treat cancer for more than 100 years – and some people still think of it as the fairly Read More

MSU hosts U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Michigan State University is hosting the summer 2018 session of the U.S. Particle Accelerator School, a national graduate-level training and workforce development program in accelerator science and engineering funded by the Office of High Energy Physics in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC). Particle accelerators are used in discovery science, medicine and high-tech industry. USPAS trains graduate students as well as scientists Read More

New SLAC facility to focus on colliders and high-power light sources

MAGE: Researchers will use FACET-II to develop the plasma wakefield acceleration method, in which researchers send a bunch of very energetic particles through a hot ionized gas, or plasma, creating a plasma wake for a trailing bunch to “surf” on and gain energy. (Image credit: Greg Stewart/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory) The U.S. Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (Menlo Park, CA) has started to Read More

New particle accelerators will probe how charged particles assume a new identity, or change ‘flavor’

An example of simulated data modeled for the CMS particle detector on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Credit: Lucas Taylor, CERN Particle accelerators are powerful devices that use electromagnetic fields to propel charged particles like electrons or protons at speeds close to the speed of light, then smash them head-on. What happens in a blink of an eye during these high-speed collisions can tell Read More

SLAC’s X-ray Laser Opens New View on Proteins Related to Alzheimer’s Disease

By placing the tiniest strands of proteins on one-atom-thick graphene, scientists capture promising X-ray laser images of these elusive biomolecules that play a key role in neurodegenerative diseases. Credit: Greg Stewart/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Experiments at SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source show the promise of using X-ray free-electron lasers to better understand the structure and function of amyloid fibrils, tiny protein strands that play a Read More

Scientists Built The World’s Fastest Water Heater, And It Sounds Totally Insane

Also, it transforms water into a completely new physical state.   Forget warming your morning coffee in the microwave; a laser pulse made of X-rays has set a record for heating a few microlitres of water to 100,000 degrees Celsius in 75 millionths of a billionth of a second. We wouldn’t recommend drinking the plasma, at least not without blowing on it first. But the Read More

Vertual brings the linac into the classroom

When pilots learn to fly a plane, they train on a flight simulator that artificially re-creates the aircraft environment – enabling them to hone their skills and practise expected and, importantly, unexpected flight scenarios with zero risk. So why not employ the same approach for radiotherapy? That’s the underlying premise of VERT (virtual environment for radiation therapy training) – a training simulator developed by UK Read More

Why Independent Linear Accelerator and Imaging Service is Important to the future of Healthcare.

The cost of delivering quality radiation oncology treatment is dominated by two factors; skilled, professional staff and the lifetime cost of the technology. Tomorrow’s healthcare is characterized by the need to do more with less.  Although the number of required treatments are increasing, funds available to reimburse costs will decrease, and therefore, costs will have to be controlled and reduced. In recent years, the capital Read More

How 4 Advanced Technologies Are Changing The Future Of Cancer Care

Billions of dollars are poured into cancer research every year. And while chemotherapy has been the gold standard for cancer treatment over the past few decades, it’s likely that we’ll see a shift in the coming years. New technologies are being developed at a rapid pace and exciting developments are on the horizon.   pandoraferrari / Pixabay 4 Technologies Accelerating the Fight Against Cancer Traditional Read More