Review of 6D Setup and Monitoring for Spine SRS Treatment
Amol J. Ghia, MD, Radiation Oncologist at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center discusses 6D setup and monitoring for spine radiosurgery (SRS) treatments. He begins by presenting a few illustrative cases before delving into the critical factors of SRS setup, most specifically alignment facilitated by immobilization and image guidance. He then goes through his institution’s workflow for planning, patient immobilization and intrafractional position verification. Dr. Ghia discusses a prospective validation of treatment accuracy using implanted fiducial markers for spinal stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). Finally, he discusses ExacTrac Dynamic in terms of real-time motion monitoring, its new features and compares it to ExacTrac X-Ray.
About the speaker
Amol Ghia, MD
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA
Associate Professor and Director of Spine Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SSRS) in the Central Nervous System (CNS) Service of the Department of Radiation Oncology at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC).
Dr. Ghia treats patients with primary as well as metastatic disease of the brain and spine using advanced radiation tools such as Gamma Knife, proton radiation and image-guided stereotactic radiation personalized to an individual patient’s clinical case. Spine stereotactic radiosurgery is an emerging non-invasive ablative treatment option alternative to surgery for patients with disease in the spine.
As Director of the Spine Stereotactic Radiosurgery program, he oversees the clinical and academic operations of the SSRS program which includes serving as the Principle Investigator of two randomized institutional trials.
He is also the CNS Section Director for MDACC Network Sites providing quality management for CNS radiation treatments at our International and Partner Sites.
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