Clinical Evaluation of Elements Spine SRS


Niko Papanikolaou, professor at the University of Texas Health San Antonio, MD Anderson Cancer Center gives his clinical evaluation of Elements Spine SRS software. He begins by providing an overview of spine metastases and the treatment thereof with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He then discusses the importance of target accuracy and efficiency of treatment, the dose effect, and VMAT implementation. He then describes the planning process using Elements Spine SRS, including CI & GI optimization, dose calculation and algorithm selection. Finally, he presents case examples of his institution’s Spine SRS treatment planning study.

About the speaker

Niko Papanikolaou, PhD

Niko Papanikolaou, PhD
UT Health San Antonio, MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA

Professor of Radiation Oncology and Radiology at University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio.

He also serves as the chief of the division of medical physics and the director of the doctorate program in medical physics at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Papanikolaou has contributed to over 600 peer reviewed research papers that have been published either as journal manuscripts or conference proceedings.

His clinical and research interests are in the areas of:

  • Dose calculation and optimization
  • Image guided radiotherapy
  • Stereotactic and adaptive radiotherapy
  • Radiobiological modeling of radiation treatments
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