Tuesday 26th March
Wednesday 27th March
11.00 - 11.30
Professor Feng Wu
As a non-invasive procedure, focused ultrasound therapy has been increasingly used for treating patients with solid tumours. It employs focused ultrasound beam to treat a targeted tumour at depth without any damage to surrounding tissues. This presentation reviews focused ultrasound therapy with respect to its emerging clinical applications and future prospective. It also introduces an up-to-date clinical status in Oxford, ranging from tumour thermal ablation to targeted drug delivery.
11.45 - 12.15
Ernesto A. Cerdena, PhD
The Clinical Decision Support Mechanism connects ordering clinicians with evidence-based guidance directly in the ordering workflow, helping to improve quality of care and increase patient safety by eliminating inappropriate or unnecessary imaging studies. This topic addresses the pitfalls and accomplishments of CDSM early adoption. Furthermore, the discussion shares common barriers of CDSM interoperability with hospital electronic health record, operational workflow optimization, and performance metrics development to meet hospital quality programs.
12.30 - 13.00
Perspective overview from University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust of implementing the NHS high energy proton therapy service with the Christie NHS Foundation Trust.
13.15 - 13.45
The construction and performance of The World's First Total-Body PET Scanner is reported together with the first human static and dynamic scans. These demonstrate that this technology will detect lower levels of focal pathology, reduce radiation absorbed doses, the time taken to scan, and provide image derived arterial tracer concentrations for quantifying tissue function. How this technology offers to advance nuclear medicine based healthcare, and clinical research will be discussed.
14.00 - 14.30
Dr med. Christoph Juli FRCR, Consultant Cardiac Radiologist
Compressed SENSE is a break-through imaging acceleration technique speeding up not only sequences but the entire exam. This talk is dedicated to illustrate (with case examples) its usefulness in clinical CMR and how we have implemented it on our 1.5T Ambition X. Demonstration of how the excellent homogeneity of the BlueSeal magnets 55cm field-of-view can be used to answer the most challenging CMR imaging demands.
14.45 - 15.15
Dr Sarah Brüningk
Therapeutic ultrasound is a non-invasive, localized technique to deliver heating and/or mechanical stress deep into tissue. Applications for cancer therapy range from pain palliation to disease eradication using a variety of techniques including hyperthermia, drug delivery enhancement, ablation (of tumour or nerves), and mechanical tissue disruption (histotripsy). It can be deployed either as single modality or in combination with other treatments, such as radiotherapy.
15.30 - 16.00
National Diagnostic Reference Levels for patient radiation dose – current status, future plans, and how to contribute
NDRLs are used to benchmark patient radiation dose in diagnostic radiology. Many complex factors affect patient dose: imaging modality and model, protocol, clinical question, examination complexity, patient weight, and diagnostic quality of images. Legislation requires that DRLs are established in radiology departments, and compared to national values where they are available. The current status of NDRLs, how to use them, how to contribute, and future plans, will be addressed.