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Physics Colloquium: Prof. Karol Lang
Wednesday, February 14, 2024, 04:00pm

Prof. Karol Lang, The University of Texas at Austin

"Image-guided FLASH Proton Therapy"

Abstract: Image-guidance and dosimetry of the in-vivo proton range verification is one of the most underinvested aspects of radiation cancer treatment. The scarcity of sensitive instruments and treatment protocols for precision monitoring of effects of beam radiation leaves much room for improvement. This is despite that such measurements may dramatically enhance the treatment accuracy and lower the post-exposure toxicity, improving the entire outcome of cancer therapy.

In this talk, we will discuss designing and building of an in-beam time-of-flight positron-emission-tomography (PET) scanner to be tested in pre-clinical studies at Proton Therapy Center of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. We will also discuss selected results of recent experiments with FLASH proton beam irradiations of phantoms and other related ideas towards improving and expanding the use of PET detectors, including the total body imaging. This endeavor has been made possible by the support of the U. of Texas – Portugal program at the University of Texas at Austin.

Location: PMA 4.102