Grant ID RP120326
Awarded On November 02, 2011
Title In-Situ PET Imaging for Adaptive Proton Therapy
Program Academic Research
Award Mechanism Individual Investigator
Institution/Organization The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Principal Investigator/Program Director Yiping Shao
Cancer Sites All Sites
Contracted Amount $1,271,284
Lay Summary

Proton therapy (PT) is a latest state-of-art radiation therapy that can focus high level radiations to a small target. In principle, this unique physical property will allow PT to become a targeted therapy for significantly improved therapy efficacy while simultaneously reduced dose to normal tissues and thus reduced treatment complications. However, PT could be more harmful than useful to a patient if the high dose were not delivered accurately. Currently, there is no noninvasive technology to monitor the distribution of radiation delivered inside a patient. This has forced clinicians take overly conservative treatment approaches in restricting doses to the tumor in order to ensure sparing ...

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