Dosimetric Evaluation of New Automated Planning Tools for Spine SRS


Niko Papanikolaou, PhD, from the Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio, MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses dosimetric evaluation for new automated planning tools for spine radiosurgery, Brainlab Elements Spine SRS. First, he gives some background on the history of the use of Brainlab Elements at UT Health San Antonio. He provides an overview of the Elements Spine SRS software application, which includes features for spinal curvature correction, spine contouring and spine VMAT optimization. He then delves into a treatment planning study to evaluate the clinical benefit of Spine SRS compared to other treatment planning systems. Papanikolaou then goes on to discuss commissioning and testing and clinical implementation and finally his conclusion that Elements Spine SRS is uniquely suited for spine radiosurgery.

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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