AAPM and the Radiosurgery Society® Join Efforts to Host Meeting on Safety and Accurate Delivery of Stereotactic Radiosurgery

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The AAPM and RSS meeting in the fall of 2015, will convene experts in the field of stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiotherapy to discuss key issues on safety and accurate delivery of hypofractionated radiation therapy. In addition to compelling lectures, the meeting will include a full day practical component of hands-on demonstrations at the Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan.

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Join us September 18-20, 2015 for SRT/SBRT: Safe and Accurate Delivery of Hypofractionated Radiation Therapy.

The Radiosurgery Society (RSS), a non-profit medical society, and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), a professional scientific organization, are working together to co-sponsor a 2.5 day educational meeting titled “SRT/SBRT: Safe and Accurate Delivery of Hypofractionated Radiation Therapy,” to be held September 18-20, 2015, in Detroit, Michigan. A discount for registration is available for conference attendees who register on or before August 6, 2015.

This collaboration between the RSS and the AAPM, will bring together experts in the field of stereotactic radiotherapy (SRS/SRT/SBRT) to discuss clinical practice, safety, and quality assurance methods. Both societies are in agreement about the rapid progression of SRS/SRT/SBRT for the treatment of cancerous and non-cancerous lesions in recent years and the need for SRS/SRT/SBRT specialized educational programs.

“SRS/SBRT is the one treatment technique tying together all technological advancements of the last decade into a high-precision, hypofractionated course of treatment,” stated Dr. Stanley Benedict, Ph.D., Program Director and Professor & Vice Chair of Clinical Physics, University of California at Davis, Sacramento, CA. “This approach leaves almost no leeway for treatment process uncertainties or errors to average out over a long treatment course. As a consequence, high demands are placed on physics time, technical expertise, and attention to safe processes. While most physicists have gained the most skills and knowledge required to safely implement and perform SRS/SBRT through attending educational offerings at AAPM or ASTRO, there have been few comprehensive courses aimed specifically at clinical physicists presenting all aspects of SRS/SBRT in one format – this course sponsored by AAPM and RSS is intent on providing that integrated comprehensive experience.”

In addition to presentations by key experts in the field of SRS/SRT/SBRT, the program will also include a full day of clinical rotations and hands-on demonstrations held at the Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI. Dr. Indrin Chetty, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Medical Physics Division, Department of Radiation Oncology, Henry Ford Health System, commented “The practical component is truly a unique feature of the meeting, and will include a practical experience with planning, delivery and image-guided radiation techniques on cutting edge technology at Henry Ford Hospital, one of the leading institutions in world in the field of SRS/SRT/SBRT. This educational platform will also facilitate knowledge sharing among the attendees, which is critical for advancing the field.”

Both the RSS and the AAPM agree that this meeting will aid in the betterment of SRS/SRT/SBRT treatment by providing in-depth knowledge of current technologies, including imaging, treatment planning and treatment delivery. The meeting will also address and demonstrate methods necessary to implement a well-designed clinical program for SRS/SRT/SBRT, including the quality and safety aspects of such programs, and will provide a better understanding of the radiobiology, dose-fractionation schemes, and treatment planning goals of SRS/SRT/SBRT.

As the field of SRS/SRT/SBRT treatment continues to grow, meetings such as this hold great value in the continued education and advancement of patient care and accurate treatment planning. Both the RSS and AAPM are excited and expectant about the ways that this meeting will aid in that mission and growth.

For more information and meeting registration details, go to http://www.aapm.org/meetings/2015SBRT/.    Members of the RSS and/or AAPM will receive a discount on registration.

About The Radiosurgery Society®

The Radiosurgery Society (RSS) – a non-profit, independent, multi-disciplinary organization of surgeons, radiation oncologists, physicists, and allied professionals, who are dedicated to advancing the science and clinical practice of radiosurgery. Originally formed in 2002 and becoming (501c6) in 2008, the Radiosurgery Society today (http://www.therss.org) represents approximately 600 members who perform stereotactic body radiotherapy and radiosurgery in hospitals and freestanding centers throughout the world.

About AAPM

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) (http://www.aapm.org) advances the science, education and professional practice of Medical Physics; a broad-based scientific and professional discipline which encompasses physical principles with applications in biology and medicine. With over 8000 members, the AAPM supports the Medical Physicist community with a focus on advancing patient care through education, improving safety and efficacy of radiation oncology and medical imaging procedures through research, and the maintenance of professional standards. The AAPM publishes two scholarly journals Medical Physics, and the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics (JACMP).

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