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Phd position Optimisation study of Microbubbles for in-vivo Dosimetry Leuven Belgium,  

KU Leuven (company)


Posted on : 19 July 2017

Project Description

Project
  • Recent records on cancer incidence and mortality as well as on the associated economic burden, attest that cancer will remain a major and worldwide public health problem with serious socio-economic impact in the forthcoming decades. 
  • Comprised in the cure of approximately 50% of all cancer patients, radiation therapy is a fundamental pillar in cancer treatment. 
  • Relying on the tissue damaging properties of ionizing radiation, radiation therapy aims to maximally expose tumor tissue with minimal healthy tissue exposure.
  •  Thereto, and in accordance with the overall evolution towards customized patient-specific healthcare, recent advances in radiation therapy enable the planning and delivery of complex dose distributions exhibiting high tumor conformity. 
  • However, increased tumor conformity requires increased delivery accuracy which needs to be verified to ensure appropriate tumor exposure and minimal healthy tissue irradiation. 
  • This implies a growing need for appropriate treatment verification strategies effectively measuring the actual radiation dose imparted on the tumor. Despite this unmistakable need, current dosimetry technology is lagging behind on radiotherapy planning and delivery evolutions. 
  • As a consequence, radiotherapy cannot exploit its full capability. 
  • Recognizing this missing link, the scientific challenge and breakthrough pursued in AM

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3000 Leuven Belgium

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