Brachytherapy; Dose-Response Relationship, Radiation; Evidence-Based Medicine; Gynecology; Imaging, Three-Dimensional; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Quality Assurance, Health Care; Radiation Oncology; Ultrasound, High-Intensity Focused, Transrectal; Uncertainty
- Medical Radiation Research
Head: Dietmar Georg
Research Area: The vision of our group is the optimization of the treatment outcome of radiation oncology, alone or in combination with established chemotherapy or novel targeted strategies of drug treatment, with conventional photon or innovative ion-beams.
My main research focus is to improve the state of the art of image-guided adaptive brachytherapy for cervical cancer, by development of modern software tools to facilitate access to clinical evidence for the relation of technical treatment parameters with clinical outcome. I am part of the international group which runs the EMBRACE studies for cervical cancer, as well as the GEC-ESTRO gyn network. Furthermore, I work on image-registration applications for therapy planning and therapy monitoring for brachytherapy.
In addition, I am part of a team who works on translating the state of the art method for 3D imaging for gynaecological brachytherapy - which is MRI - to settings with limited access to MRI. Ultrasound is a promising tool to image target volumes essential for brachytherapy treatment. In combination with CT for treatment planning. ultrasound has the potential to be widely used in high-patient-load areas, and allow for precision brachytherapy to be applied to a vast number of patients.
- Evidence-based decision making for image-guided brachytherapy (2018)
Source of Funding: FWF (Austrian Science Fund), Programme Clinical Research