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New for the 2014 Program:

  • John R. Cameron Young Investigator Symposium will take place on Monday, July 21.
  • President’s Symposium and Innovation in Medical Physics – will take place on Tuesday, July 22.
  • Special 2-Day Program on Quantitative Imaging (Monday - Tuesday, July 21-22).
  • The Science Council Session – The Physics of Cancer (see below).
  • In addition to Symposia and regular Sessions, new Keynote Sessions on topics of special interest.
  • Joint scientific symposium with the World Molecular Imaging Society.
  • Joint scientific symposium with ESTRO – Imaging for Proton Therapy.
  • Major expansion of SAMS offerings in Education, Professional, Practical, and Scientific Programs.
  • Expanded meeting program from 7:30 am – 6:00 pm.
  • Interactive Hands On Question Writing Workshop (see below)
  • Partners in Solutions – an exciting new venue on the exhibit floor (see below).

The following topics will be offered during the meeting:


Special 2-Day Program on Quantitative Imaging

A Quantitative Imaging (QI) Track has been developed for the 2014 Annual Meeting.  A total of 11 hours for QI symposia and scientific sessions has been allocated as one of the parallel session options on Monday and Tuesday.  Modality-specific and multi-modality QI abstract submission categories have been developed for the meeting, so please consider submitting relevant abstracts in these new categories.   Given the heightened awareness of the need for, and the tremendous potential benefits of, QI in both diagnostic and therapy settings, these new sessions should be very interesting and exciting.

Interactive Hands On Question Writing Workshop - Sponsored by the American Board of Radiology

This workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23 • 7:30am - 9:30am - A limited number of tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are at no cost. Each participant will be required to submit three draft questions by June 15th. Failure to submit the mandatory draft questions for this session will result in cancellation of your ticket.

This workshop is designed to improve the question writing skills of anyone who writes questions.  This would include teachers, writers of AAPM on-line questions and others.  It is not aimed for or limited to question writers for the ABR. The session will consist of brief introductory lectures on how to write good questions.  This will be followed by small group editing of questions submitted by the participants.  ABR editors and trustees will be on hand to help each group with their problem items.

Imaging Track

The 2014 Imaging Track explores both near- and far-term directions of medical physics research and innovation. These directions include: Estimating risk for low radiation doses, virtual validation tools for x-ray breast imaging systems, as well as advanced imaging methods for breast cancer. Additional topics include advances in models of image quality, nanotechnology & molecular imaging, and multi modal imaging for therapy response. These sessions will explore the state of the art and also show some of the directions that our scientific envelopes are being pushed towards.

Therapy Track

The 2014 Therapy Track will showcase the current hot topics in therapy with a focus on medical physics research and innovation. Symposia will include thefollowing general topics: biomedical informatics for medical physicists; uncertainties in radiation therapy; the relative biological effectiveness of proton beams relative to photon beams; nanoparticles to improve treatment outcome; status of intensity modulated proton/ion therapy; a debate to measure or not to measure in patient specific QA; and an exciting live demo with interactive audience participation (ala Texas Holdem Poker) of adaptive radiotherapy implementation by commercial vendors.

Joint Imaging-Therapy Track

The 2014 Joint Imaging-Therapy Track will feature exciting topics highlighting the collaborative efforts between imaging and therapy medical physics. This track will include the following topics: innovations in medical physics and engineering; highlight of ASTRO/NCI workshop on research opportunities in technology; AAPM spotlight in World Molecular Imaging Conference; MR-guided radiation therapy, the promise and potential pitfalls of deformable image registration; dual-energy CT imaging in diagnostic and radiation therapy, and a new forum featuring European physicists’ view on imaging needs in proton therapy.

Educational Course - Imaging Track

The 2014 Imaging Education Track will feature a total of seventeen educational sessions including six SAM sessions. The program will again be focused on meeting the continuing education requirements of our membership at various stages of professional development. This year course content will be balanced to cover innovations in various areas of diagnostic imaging, ACR accreditation updates across different imaging modalities, best practice in pediatric imaging, radiation dose reduction strategy, and radiation risk associated with medical imaging. Continuing the tradition begun last year on the “art” of diagnostic imaging artifacts, this year the session will be on diagnostic ultrasound imaging artifacts. Joint with the special 2-day Quantitative Imaging (QI) Symposium, there will be a session on “genomics and radiomics for medical physicists”.

Educational Course - Therapy Track

The Therapy Physics CE series will feature a total of 31.5 hours of educational lectures. The program is designed to address the broad educational needs of our membership and will include topics in SRS, SBRT, IGRT, IMRT, VMAT, QA and safety, brachytherapy, proton therapies as well as radiobiology. The emphasis of the program will be on safe and effective use of new technologies addressing current issues in clinical practice. The program will feature at least seven SAM sessions distributed throughout the entire meeting program. Several new sessions have been introduced, including: ‘TG100 – The Big Roll Out’, ‘Multimodality 4D Imaging for Radiation Therapy’, “Basics of Proton Therapy and Proton SRS”, “Radiation Biology for the Therapy Physicist”, and “TG132 – QA for Image Registration”. Several other popular subjects such as Small Field Dosimetry, Imaging Quality, and Brachytherapy will also be presented.

Continuing the tradition begun last year, there will be a live point-counter point debate; this year the merits and limitations of Arc-based/VMAT therapy will be the focus. The debate will be moderated by Colin Orton, theMedical Physicseditor of the Point-Counterpoint series. This year the debate format will also include relevant lectures to provide an instructive yet enlightening opportunity for audience participation.

Practical Medical Physics Track

The Practical Medical Physics Track offers presentations of use and interest to the practicing medical physicist.Topics for 2014 include: implementation of newly-published AAPM Task Group reports; 3D printing applications; informatics in imaging and radiation oncology; imaging review for therapy physicists; lean tools and methods; new methods of teaching physics to physicists and physicians; balancing dose and quality in imaging; effective presentation skills; and a hands-on, interactive workshop on writing questions.

Professional Track

The ProfessionalTrack continues to grow in depth and breadth to keep our members abreastof the latest professionally-relateddevelopments. Topics thisyear cover clinical, research, management and other aspects of our profession.New this year are sessions on interviewing skills and ABR preparation. We will have a session on communicating risk to providers and patients, giving real-world situations and how you might handle them. Since communication is central to what medical physicists do, several other sessions are also being plannedaroundvarious topics of communication, from writing journal articles to working with physicians. Plans are being made for at least one session to provide ACR RLI credit, and a SAMS session.TheProfessional Track will also have a proffered paper session in 2014.

Science Council Session

Topic: The Physics of Cancer

The Science Council Session includes proffered abstracts on a topic at the cutting-edge of medical physics research, presented in a special, high-visibility proffered oral session. For the 2014 Annual Meeting, the Scientific Program invites abstract submissions on “The Physics of Cancer,” emphasizing fundamental research in physical models and/or novel physical systems for measurement of cancer pathogenesis, progression, and response. Abstract submissions from investigators outside conventional domains of clinical medical physics are encouraged, especially research addressing cancer complexity – for example, the heterogeneity of patient response to cancer therapy, the optimization of treatment dose schedules, and/or the prediction of complex metastatic patterns. Example research includes:

  • Mathematical models of cancer – e.g., multi-scale models, Bayesian models, and game theory models seeking to predict tumor growth and/or treatment response.
  • Imaging and other biomarkers – e.g., radiomics / radio-genomics as measurements providing input parameters and/or testing and validation of such models.
  • Clinical data – e.g., multi-center clinical trials, retrospective studies, etc. to test the predictions of such models.

Criteria for abstract evaluation include the novelty of the research, the emphasis on fundamental physical sciences outside conventional domains of medical physics, and the potential impact / significance in cancer diagnosis or therapy.

Innovation in Medical Physics Education

The Education Council of the AAPM is sponsoring a session to honor and publicize Innovation in Medical Physics Education. AAPM members are invited to submit a description of innovative medical physics educational activities for radiology residents, radiation oncology residents, medical physicists, technologists or others. The abstract can be scientific research, novel teaching strategies – team teaching or adult learning efforts, novel educational materials – lectures, websites, or other innovations.

The top six submissions will be invited to present their abstracts at the session during the Annual Meeting in Austin, TX. Each speaker will be allocated 15 minutes. The top presenting abstract will be presented a plaque and a $2,000 prize. The Award for Innovation in Medical Physics Education made possible by a generous bequest of Harold Marcus.

New offering: PARTNERS IN SOLUTIONS

Partners in Solutions offer a new way for physicists to interact with our vendors.  Vendors will provide physics-level applications training classes in a special-purpose lecture room built on the exhibit floor.  Topics this year are solutions for TG-142 imaging QA and CT scanner dose optimization capabilities.  These are not sales pitches but practical information for the clinical physicist from the people who know the system in depth.  CE credit will be offered.  Come learn with us!

How the Meeting is Organized

The numbering scheme encodes the day, time block, room assignment and talk number in the abstract presentation code. The organization for each day (Monday - Thursday) is shown in the table below. Times and Rooms vary on Sunday and Thursday. For example, on Monday:

MO - C – 17A - 1
Day of Week (SU - TH)   - Time Block (A - G) - Room Assignment - Talk Number

TIME BLOCK SESSION ROOMS
16A 19A BRE BRD BRF 17A 18A 18C 9A 12A
Block A

7:30 - 8:25
A-16A A-19A A-BRE A-BRD A-BRF A-17A A-18A A-18C A-9A A-12A
Block B

8:30 – 9:30
B-16A B-19A B-BRE B-BRD B-BRF B-17A B-18A B-18C B-9A B-12A
Break 9:30 – 10:15
Block C

10:15 - 11:10
C-16A C-19A C-BRE C-BRD C-BRF C-17A C-18A C-18C C-9A C-12A
Block D

11:15 - 12:15
D-16A D-19A D-BRE D-BRD D-BRF D-17A D-18A D-18C D-9A D-12A
Lunch + Visit the Technical Exhibits 12:15 – 1:45
Block E

1:45 - 2:40
E-16A E-19A E-BRE E-BRD E-BRF E-17A E-18A E-18C E-9A E-12A
... and so on.

The general layout of rooms for various programs is as follows; although there are numerous exceptions throughout the week, so check the program carefully:

  • Therapy (Education and Scientific): Rooms 16A, 17A, 19A, 18C, Ballroom E, Ballroom D, Ballroom F
  • Imaging (Education and Scientific): Rooms 17A, 18A, 18C, 9A, 12A
  • Joint Imaging-Therapy: Ballroom E, Ballroom D, Ballroom F, Room 17A
  • Professional: Rooms 16A, 19A
  • Practical Medical Physics: Room 9A
  • Quantitative Imaging: Room 12A

Items of Note:

  • SNAP Oral Sessions. A fast-paced short oral presentation format. Watch for the short oral sessions on Sunday (Time Blocks C, D, and F).
  • Young Investigators Symposium. The YIS is on Monday, 7:30 – 9:30 am, in Ballroom D.
  • Best in Physics. The top 15 abstracts from the Therapy, Joint, and Imaging scientific programs are featured in large posters on display in the “BIP” theatres in the Technical Exhibits area. Meet the authors on Sunday, 3:30 – 4:00 pm in the BIP Theatres. The posters will be on display during regular hours of the Technical Exhibits.
  • Campus Posters. Campus Posters include a select group of high-scoring posters on a specific theme identified by the Program Directors to be of special interest to attendees of the scientific program. These poster presentations will occur in a specially designated "campus" integrated with the poster presentation area in a format promoting lively discussion and scientific exchange. A Provost will moderate these campuses from 3:00 – 4:00 pm on Sunday during the General Poster Discussion Session.
  • President’s Symposium. This symposium runs unparalleled on Tuesday, 1:45 – 3:45 pm.
  • Science Council Session. This proffered session of abstracts on a topic of special relevance is scheduled for Wednesday, 7:30 – 9:30 am, in Room 17A.
  • Innovation in Medical Physics Education Session.  This proffered session of abstracts is scheduled for Monday, 1:45 – 3:45 pm, in Room 18C.

How the Sessions are Defined

Scientific Program

Scientific Session - These sessions comprise the bulk of the scientific program, in which the best-scored proffered abstracts are presented in a regular oral presentation format. Each session is on one or several specific scientific topics, with several oral presentations [10 min each (8 min talk + 2 min Q&A)].

Symposium - A symposium is a topical session focusing on a current topic related to pioneering or state-of-the-art research and development of medical physics. The symposia often include multiple speakers, some of them invited, to speak on the topic. Some symposia will include a panel discussion aiming to define the current state of the field and to distill the thinking of the experts.

SNAP Oral Sessions – Similar to regular Scientific Sessions, the SNAP Oral Sessions feature high-scoring proffered abstracts presented in an accelerated presentation format [7 min each (5 min talk + 2 min Q&A)].

General Poster Discussion Session - This category includes proffered abstracts judged to be of high scientific quality and for merit presentation in poster format. Authors will be present during the scheduled session in order to interact with meeting attendees.

Educational Program

Education Council Symposium - This symposium is designed to update our members on the various activities of the Education Council. Emphasis is placed on the resources and programs that are available to enhance the skills of our members as well as resources that are available through the Association to assist our members when presenting programs to related health professionals and the public.

Educational Courses – The Educational Program consists of courses in two major areas: Radiation Oncology Physics (25 sessions) and Diagnostic Imaging Physics (19 sessions).

The Therapy Physics Educational Program will include a wide range of paired 'Part I & II courses' that feature an initial 1-hour session that will review the basics of a given topic and a follow-up 1 hour session on a focused area. The presentations cover  a broad range of physics of radiation oncology and treatment practices including Small Field Dosimetry, Radiobiological Principles of Hypfractionation (WGSBRT), Image Guided HDR brachytherapy, Advanced treatment delivery (VMAT), Motion Management strategies, Proton Therapy, Adaptive therapy (ART), Pediatric Treatment Planning, Image Co-Registration, and reviews of several reports on safety and new technology.  The goal is to communicate the upcoming developments of important on-going committees in the AAPM (including TG132, TG155, and the Working Group on SBRT: Outcomes assessment of hypofractionated treatments), and to  promote a balanced learning experience for all levels of participants from medical physics trainees to more experienced physicists. 

This year the educational program will feature 16 SAMs throughout the entire week so that attendees can take advantage of a full-week program.  Many of the SAM sessions are also in the paired courses and they include Proton Therapy/Proton SRT, SBRT Overview/Small Field Dosimetry, Image Co-Registration Review/QA, IGRT Machine QA/Pitfalls, HDR Brachytherapy/IGBT, Radiation Biology Basics/Biological Optimization, Pediatric Treatment Planning/PENTEC, IGART, and Quality and Safety in RT.

Continuing the tradition begun last year, there will also be a live point-counter point debate; this year the merits and limitations of Arc-based/VMAT therapy will be the focus. The debate will be moderated by Colin Orton, the Medical Physics editor of the Point-Counterpoint series. The  format will start with a review lecture prior to the debate to provide an instructive yet enlightening opportunity for audience participation. Some of the other novel highlights of the educational program will be the special INNOVATION sessions such as "Innovation in Radiation Therapy Delivery : Advanced Digital Linac Features", and "Innovation in Radiation Therapy Planning: I. Knowledge Guided TP and II. Cloud Computing",  and finally, a Memorial Lecture in honor of Professor Bengt Bjarngard will be presented on the topic of Small Field Dosimetry. 

Finally, the highlight of the program will be two live debates: The More Important Heavy Charged Particle Radiotherapy of the Future Is More Likely to Be with Heavy Ions Rather than Protons, and Brachytherapy is better than external beam therapy for partial breast irradiation.

The Imaging Education Program will be focused on meeting the continuing education requirements of our membership at various stages of professional development.   This year course content will be balanced to cover innovations in various areas of diagnostic imaging, ACR accreditation updates across different imaging modalities, best practice in pediatric imaging, radiation dose reduction strategy, and radiation risk associated with medical imaging. Joint with the special 2-day Quantitative Imaging (QI) Symposium, there will be a session on “Genomics and Image-omics for Medical Physicists”. Joint with Practical Medical Physics track, there will be a series of 4 sessions on “Medical Physics 1.0 to 2.0”. It will begin with a 2-hour panel discussion led by a group of leaders in the field on the new paradigm of Medical Physics 2.0 on Tuesday morning. A further highlight of the program is an all-day ultrasound sessions on Wednesday including one ultrasound symposium on “Emerging Ultrasound Technology in Diagnosis and Therapy”, two ultrasound education courses on “Ultrasound Elasticity” and “High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Surgery and Therapy”, plus an interactive session on “Art of Imaging: Diagnostic Ultrasound Image Artifacts”.

Lastly and most importantly for physicists seeking SAM continuing education credits there will be 15.5 hours of SAM courses on the following topics: 

  • Best practice in pediatric imaging
  • Radiation dose reducing strategies in CT, Fluoroscopy and Radiography
  • Basic principles of PET/CT, calibration methods and contrast recovery across multiple cameras
  • ACR accreditation updates in CT, Ultrasound, Mammography and MRI
  • TG246 on dose monitoring from diagnostic radiation
  • Ultrasound elasticity
  • Innovations in clinical breast imaging
  • MRI safety

Professional Program

Professional Council Symposium – This Symposium is focused on current topics that involve the professional practice of medical physics. Subjects may range over all aspects of practice such as legal issues, government affairs, research and clinical funding, economics, practice management, peer relations, standards and guidance and ethics.

Professional Courses - Will be devoted to professional aspects of the Medical Physics Career, and can be subject matter sessions, moderated oral presentations, or more lengthy, in-depth, and focused symposiums.

Practical Medical Physics Program

The Practical Medical Physics Track focuses on the activities of the clinical medical physicist. Eleven courses covering practical aspects of therapy, diagnostic, and nuclear medicine physics are offered this year. A highlight of this year's program will be an introduction to 3D printing applications in medical physics. A session devoted to MRI, informatics, and displays will form part of the “Medical Physics 2.0” series being offered jointly with Imaging Education. There will be sessions covering radiation oncology outcomes informatics, Lean tools and methods, and an imaging refresher for standard of care radiation therapy. Methods for optimizing image quality and dose in radiography will be presented, as well as sessions on effective teaching and new approaches to teaching medical physics. A new task group report, TG176 on dosimetric effects of couch tops and immobilization devices, will be discussed. The organization of the new IROC program and the credentialing process for clinical trials will be presented to assist those who participate in and support clinical research.  Rounding out the program will be a special interactive hands-on workshop on question writing, which will benefit both exam item writers and those who teach physics to physicians and physicists.

Quantitative Imaging Special Program

A special series of three Quantitative Imaging symposia will be presented on Monday, July 21, Room 12A.  The symposia will feature invited speakers who will 1) provide perspectives on quantitative imaging from the RSNA, NCI, FDA, and NIST, 2) discuss quantitative imaging applications, challenges, and solutions, and 3) discuss metrological concepts and applications critical to quantitative imaging applications.  This will be followed by three quantitative imaging proffered abstract sessions on Tuesday, July 22, also Room 12A.  These sessions will address modality-specific and multi-modality quantitative imaging applications.

Partners in Solutions

Partners in Solutions offer a new way for physicists to interact with our vendors.  Vendors will provide physics-level applications training classes in a special-purpose lecture room built on the exhibit floor.  Topics this year are solutions for TG-142 imaging QA and CT scanner dose optimization capabilities.  These are not sales pitches but practical information for the clinical physicist from the people who know the system in depth.  CE credit will be offered.

Note: Presentation Identifiers
* - Where indicated, denotes Presenting Author

Special Recognitions & Acknowledgements

Best in Physics

SUNDAY, July 20 3:30 pm - 4:00 PM Poster Theatres Exhibit Hall

"Best-in-Physics" presentations are those scoring highest in the abstract review process and judged by the Scientific Program Directors to reflect the highest level of scientific quality and innovation.
Best in Physics (IMAGING)
A Novel Catheter-Based Radionuclide Imaging System to Characterize Atherosclerotic Plaque - R Zaman*, H Kosuge , C Carpenter , G Pratx , C Sun , M McConnell , L Xing
Calculating SSDE From CT Exams Using Size Data Available in the DICOM Header of CT Localizer Radiographs - K McMillan*, M Bostani, C McCollough, M McNitt-Gray
Correlating 4DCT-Ventilation with Clinical Pulmonary Function Test Data - Y Vinogradskiy*, R Castillo, E Castillo, T Guerrero, M Miften, B Kavanagh, M Martel, L Schubert
Novel Correction of Signal Modulation and Motion Artifacts in Temporal Bone BSSFP MRI - M Hoff*, Q Xiang, G Wilson, J Andre
Statistical Model Based Iterative Reconstruction (MBIR) in Clinical CT Systems: Experimental Assessment of Z- and Axial Spatial Resolution - Ke Li*, John Garrett , Yongshuai Ge , G.-H. Chen
Best in Physics (JOINT IMAGING-THERAPY)
A Method to Estimate Deformable Dose Accumulation Errors in Patients with Cancers of the Head and Neck - J Pukala*, K Langen, F Bova, R Staton, R Manon, P Kelly, S Meeks
An Automatic Toolkit for Efficient and Robust Analysis of 4D Respiratory Motion - J Wei*, A Yuan, G Li
Modeling Tumor Evolution for Adaptive Radiation Therapy - Y Liu*, T Chan, C Lee, Y Cho, M Islam
Sensitivity of PET-Based Texture Features to Respiratory Motion in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) - S Yip*, K McCall, M Aristophanous, A Chen, H Aerts, R Berbeco
Using Quantitative MRI to Test the Validity of the Reaction-Diffusion Equation in Describing in Vivo Glioma Growth - D Hormuth*, J Weis, E Rericha, T Yankeelov
Best in Physics (THERAPY)
4D IMRT Planning Using Highly-Parallelizable Particle Swarm Optimization - A Modiri*, X Gu and A Sawant
A Supervised Framework for Automatic Contour Assessment for Radiotherapy Planning of Head-Neck Cancer - H Chen*, J Kavanaugh , J Tan , S Dolly , H Gay , W Thorstad , M Anastasio , M Altman , S Mutic , H Li , Washington
Development of a Calorimeter for the Measurement of the Power Emitted From LDR Brachytherapy Sources - M Malin*, B Palmer , L DeWerd
Radiogenomic Modeling of Normal Tissue Toxicities in Prostate Cancer Patients Receiving Hypofractionated Radiotherapy - J Coates*, K Jeyaseelan , N Ybarra , M David , S Faria , L Souhami , F Cury , M Duclos , I El Naqa
Stereotactic Radiotherapy for Renal Sympathetic Ablation for the Treatment of Refractory Hypertension - P Maxim*, M Wheeler, P Maguire, B Loo


The John R. Cameron Young Investigators Symposium Competition Finalists

Each year the AAPM conducts a Young Investigators' Competition for the Annual Meeting. Young Investigators were encouraged to submit abstracts for the competition. The 10 highest scored Young Investigator submissions determined by abstract reviewers are selected for presentation in a special symposium, in honor of University of Wisconsin Professor Emeritus John R. Cameron, Ph.D.

The Young Investigators Symposium will be held Monday, July 21 (7:30 am - 9:30 am) in Ballroom D at the Convention Center.

MO-A-BRD John R. Cameron: Young Investigators Symposium

The top 3 winners will be recognized during the AAPM Awards and Honors Ceremony Monday, July 21 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm in the Austin Grand Ballroom, 6th floor, of the Hilton Austin Hotel. The top 3 awardees will receive a plaque and a cash award. The Awards Ceremony to be followed by a reception from 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

The John R. Cameron Young Investigators Symposium
TIME/TALK NUMBER PRESENTATION
7:30 AM
MO-A-BRD-1
An Investigation of the Dynamic Response of a Novel Acousto-Optic Liquid Crystal Detector for Full-Field Transmission Ultrasound Breast Imaging - J. Rosenfield*, J. Sandhu, P. La Riviere
7:42 AM
MO-A-BRD-2
Noise Suppression for Dual-Energy CT Through Entropy Minimization - M. Petrongolo*, T. Niu, L. Zhu
7:54 AM
MO-A-BRD-3
Quantifying 19F-Labeled Human Natural Killer Cell-Trafficking with MRI - K. Ludwig*, M. Bouchlaka, J. Gordon, B. Bednarz, C. Capitini, S. Fain
8:06 AM
MO-A-BRD-4
Prognostic Value and Reproducibility of Pretreatment CT Texture Features in Stage III Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer - D. Fried*, S. Tucker, S. Zhou, Z. Liao, O. Mawlawi, G. Ibbott, L. Court
8:18 AM
MO-A-BRD-5
Evaluation of Composed Lung Ventilation with 4DCT and Image Registration - K. Du*, J. Reinhardt, G. Christensen, K. Ding, B. Zhao, J. Bayouth
8:30 AM
MO-A-BRD-6
In Vivo Cherenkov Video Imaging to Verify Whole Breast Irradiation Treatment - R. Zhang*, L. Jarvis, D. Gladstone, J. Andreozzi, W. Hitchcock, A. Glaser, B. Pogue
8:42 AM
MO-A-BRD-7
Feasibility of X-Ray Acoustic Computed Tomography as a Tool for Calibration and In Vivo Dosimetry of Radiotherapy Electron and Photon Beams - S. Hickling*, M. Hobson, I. El Naqa
8:54 AM
MO-A-BRD-8
Radiosurgery Beyond Cancer: Real-Time Target Localization and Treatment Planning for Cardiac Radiosurgery Under MRI Guidance - S. Ipsen*, O. Blanck, B. Oborn, F. Bode, G. Liney, P. Keall
9:06 AM
MO-A-BRD-9
A Data-Mining Algorithm for Large Scale Analysis of Dose-Outcome Relationships in a Database of Irradiated Head-And-Neck (HN) Cancer Patients - S. Robertson*, H. Quon, A. Kiess, J. Moore, W. Yang, Z. Cheng, A. Sharabi, T. McNutt
9:18 AM
MO-A-BRD-10
A Fast and Accurate GPU-Based Proton Transport Monte Carlo Simulation for Validating Proton Therapy Treatment Plans - H. Wan Chan Tseung*, J. Ma, C. Beltran


Jack Fowler Junior Investigator Competition Winner

An award for Junior Investigators has been established in honor of Dr. Jack Fowler, Emeritus Professor of Human Oncology and Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin.

Junior Investigators were encouraged to submit abstracts for the competition. The top scoring Junior Investigator submission determined by abstract reviewers was selected.

The winner will be announced during the AAPM Awards and Honors Ceremony Monday, July 21 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm in the Austin Grand Ballroom, 6th floor, of the Hilton Austin Hotel.  The Awards Ceremony to be followed by a reception from 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Competition Winner
SESSION TIME/TALK NUMBER PRESENTATION
WE-G-18A
CT Image Reconstruction
4:30 PM/WE-G-18A-1 Low-Dose C-Arm Cone-Beam CT with Model-Based Image Reconstruction for High-Quality Guidance of Neurosurgical Intervention - A. Wang*, J. Stayman, Y. Otake, G. Gallia, J. Siewerdsen


Science Council Session

A topic of particular relevance in medical physics research is identified each year, with proffered submissions on that topic considered for inclusion in a special scientific session entitled the Science Council Session.

The topic selected for the 2014 Science Council Session is: The Physics of Cancer

The Science Council Session will be held Wednesday, July 23 from 7:30 am - 9:30 am in Room 17A of the Convention Center.

WE-A-17A: Science Council Session: The Physics of Cancer


Innovations in Medical Physics Education Symposium

The Education Council of the AAPM is sponsoring a session to honor and publicize innovation in Medical Physics Education. AAPM members were invited to submit a description of innovative medical physics educational activities for radiology residents, radiation oncology residents, medical physicists, technologists or others.

The top six submissions have been invited to present their abstracts at the Innovation in Medical Physics Education Session on Monday, July 21 from 1:45 pm - 3:45 pm in Room 18C of the Convention Center.

MO - E-18C - Innovation in Medical Physics Education

The top presented abstract will be announced during the AAPM Awards and Honors Ceremony Monday, July 21 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm in the Austin Grand Ballroom, 6th floor, of the Hilton Austin Hotel. The winner will be presented a plaque and a $2,000 prize. The Award for Innovation in Medical Physics Education made possible by a generous bequest of Harold Marcus.

Innovations in Medical Physics Education Symposium
TIME/TALK NUMBER PRESENTATION
1:45 PM
MO-E-18C-1
Open Access Web-Based Peer-To-Peer Training and Education in Radiotherapy - T. Pawlicki*, D. Brown, P. Dunscombe, S. Mutic
2:00 PM
MO-E-18C-2
Hands-On Monte Carlo Project Assignment as a Method to Teach Radiation Physics - P. Pater*, M. Vallieres, J. Seuntjens
2:15 PM
MO-E-18C-3
Incorporating Active Learning Into A Traditional Graduate Medical Physics Course - J. Burmeister*
2:30 PM
MO-E-18C-4
Advanced Computer Simulation and Visualization Tools for Enhanced Understanding of Core Medical Physics Concepts - S. Naqvi*
2:45 PM
MO-E-18C-5
Global Health Catalyst: A Novel Platform for Enhancing Access to Medical Physics Education and Research Excellence (AMPERE) - W. Ngwa*, M. Moreau, L. Asana
3:00 PM
MO-E-18C-6
Enriching Medical Physics Education By Visualizing The Invisible - P. Sprawls*

Acknowledgements

The AAPM appreciates the contributions of the following individuals for their involvement in the development and success of the 2014 AAPM Meeting Program.

EDCATIONAL, PROFESSIONAL, PRACTICAL MEDICAL PHYSICS COURSES and SYMPOSIA ORGANIZERS

B. Arjomandy, A. Badal, P. Bakic, J. Bayouth, S. Becker, S. Benedict, C. Borras, K. Brock, J. Cai, P. Carson, Z. Chang, H. Chen, J. Clements, O. Craciunescu, B. Curran, I. Das, S. Dieterich, J. Dobbins, E. Ehler, G. Ezzell, J. Felmlee, E. Ford, J. Fowlkes, G. Frey, M. Giger, J. Goodwin, J. Grimm, P. Halvorsen, J. Hazle, E. Hipp, M. Holland, M. Huq, G. Ibbott, P. Imbergamo, E. Jackson, A. Jones, J. Keener, M. Kessler, G. Kim, E. Klein, J. Kofler, J. Lagendijk, S. Langer, B. Li, X. Li, E. Lief, T. Lynch, M. Mahesh, R. Marsh, M. Martel, C. Mayo, C. McCollough, R. Miller, R. Mohan, A. Molineu, K. Moore, M. Moore, J. Moran, S. Mutic, K. Myers, W. Ngwa, J. Nye, A. Olch, M. Oldham, C. Orton, H. Paganetti, W. Pavlicek, N. Pelc, D. Pfeiffer, M. Phillips, R. Pizzutiello, D. Rangaraj, N. Ranger, M. Rehani, I. Reiser, S. Robertson, L. Rothenberg, E. Samei, C. Sammet, J. Schuemann, R. Schulte, I. Sechopoulos, Y. Shao, J. Siewerdsen, P. Slattery, P. Sprawls, T. Stanescu, G. Starkschall, M. Supanich, R. Tarver, S. Tripathi, F. Van den Heuvel, J. Van Dyk, T. Wilson, B. Winey, A. Wu, L. Xing, F. Yin, E. Yorke, L. Yu, J. Zagzebski

ABSTRACT REVIEWERS

N. Agazaryan, P. Alaei, A. Alessio, H. Al-Hallaq, A. Altman, M. Andre, E. Angel, K. Antes, J. Antolak, F. Araki, L. Archambault, M. Aristophanous, S. Armato, B. Arnold, M. Aspradakis, S. Avery, D. Bakalyar, P. Bakic, J. Balter, L. Beaulieu, S. Becker, R. Behling, E. Bender, S. Benedict, S. Bentzen, R. Berbeco, T. Bichay, P. Biggs, B. Blankenship, C. Bloch, W. Bolch, C. Borras, T. Bortfeld, S. Both, J. Bourland, S. Brady, I. Brezovich, K. Brock, K. Brown, S. Brown, D. Brown, W. Butler, C. Cagnon, J. Cai, Y. Cao, D. Carlson, H. Chan, M. Chan, J. Chang, S. Chang, Z. Chang, H. Chen, Z. Chen, G. Chen, J. Chen, Q. Chen, Y. Chen, C. Cheng, I. Chetty, K. Cheung, S. Cho, Y. Cho, J. Chow, C. Chuang, G. Clarke, J. Clements, D. Cody, D. Connor, R. Cormack, A. Corrao, L. Court, O. Craciunescu, J. Cui, J. Cunha, B. Curran, M. Dahlbom, M. Danielsson, I. Das, L. Dauer, S. Davis, J. De Wyngaert, J. Deasy, J. DeMarco, S. Devic, L. DeWerd, S. Dieterich, G. Ding, Q. Diot, J. Dobbins, L. Dong, W. D'Souza, W. Du, J. Ducote, P. Dunscombe, I. El Naqa, C. Esquivel, B. Faddegon, F. Fahey, B. Fahimian, R. Fahrig, K. Farahani, J. Farr, W. Feng, A. Fenster, V. Feygelman, M. Fix, T. Flohr, R. Flynn, D. Followill, J. Fontenot, E. Ford, R. Foster, J. Fowlkes, M. Fox, B. Fraass, P. Francescon, E. Frey, H. Gao, O. Gayou, W. Geiser, J. Gibbons, M. Giger, M. Gillin, E. Gingold, S. Glick, S. Goddu, F. Goerner, M. Goodsitt, J. Goodwin, J. Gordon, E. Graves, A. Greener, X. Gu, H. Guan, M. Guerrero, P. Gueye, F. Guo, S. Hadley, F. Hager, J. Halama, P. Halvorsen, X. Han, J. Hanley, J. Hazle, M. Herman, J. Hevezi, J. Hiatt, D. Hintenlang, C. Holdsworth, L. Hong, M. Howard, R. Howell, D. Hristov, W. Hsi, J. Hsieh, Y. Hu, C. Hua, K. Huff, G. Hugo, K. Hulme, J. Humm, M. Hunt, M. Huq, G. Ibbott, D. Ionascu, E. Jackson, D. Jaffray, S. Jani, R. Jeraj, X. Jia, G. Jia, S. Jiang, J. Jin, A. Jones, D. Jordan, M. Kachelriess, G. Kagadis, K. Kanal, H. Kang, R. Kapoor, S. Kappadath, A. Karellas, P. Keall, C. Keener, M. Kessler, R. Keyes, Y. Kim, G. Kim, J. Kim, M. Kim, P. Kinahan, M. King, E. Klein, T. Knoos, J. Kofler, J. Kruse, S. Kry, R. Kudchadker, F. Lacroix, C. Lai, J. Lamb, K. Langen, U. Langner, R. Lee, C. Lee, S. Leng, S. Leon, J. Lewis, S. Li, X. Li, J. Li, H. Li, X. Li, H. Li, Y. Li, T. Li, X. Li, X. Li, B. Libby, J. Limmer, P. Lindsay, C. Liu, B. Liu, T. Liu, W. Liu, X. Liu, T. LoSasso, D. Low, J. Lowenstein, Z. Lu, H. Lu, W. Lu, Y. Lyatskaya, C. Ma, J. Ma, J. MacFall, M. Madsen, G. Mageras, M. Mahesh, H. Malhotra, P. Mallick, P. Manser, A. Markovic, M. Martin, A. Mascia, J. Masten, R. Mather, K. Matthews, M. Matuszak, P. Mavroidis, O. Mawlawi, C. Mayo, C. McCollough, S. McCullough, P. McDermott, J. McDonough, M. McEwen, K. McGee, S. McGuire, M. McKee, M. McKetty, M. McNitt-Gray, T. McNutt, J. Mechalakos, D. Medich, S. Meeks, M. Meltsner, M. Miften, D. Mihailidis, C. Mistretta, M. Mitch, V. Moiseenko, A. Molineu, S. Molloi, V. Montemayor, J. Moran, E. Moros, D. Moseley, F. Mourtada, M. Moyers, S. Mutic, M. Nakamura, D. Nazareth, K. Nie, R. Nishikawa, T. Nurushev, M. O'Connor, U. Oelfke, A. Olch, M. Oldham, Z. Ouhib, N. Ozturk, H. Paganetti, H. Palmans, J. Palta, T. Pan, N. Papanikolaou, S. Park, M. Park, S. Park, K. Parodi, B. Patyal, D. Pavord, D. Peck, N. Pelc, S. Pella, J. Perks, J. Perl, P. Petti, D. Pfeiffer, M. Phillips, T. Podder, F. Poenisch, B. Pogue, J. Polf, R. Popple, J. Pouliot, R. Price, J. Prisciandaro, A. Pugachev, T. Purdie, A. Rahmim, F. Ranallo, C. Reft, J. Reiff, I. Reiser, N. Remmes, B. Ren, L. Ren, S. Richard, S. Richardson, M. Rivard, S. Rivetti, P. Roberson, D. Robinson, R. Rodgers, L. Rothenberg, D. Ruan, M. Rutstein, M. Rzeszotarski, J. Sabol, B. Sahiner, N. Sahoo, M. Salehpour, C. Saw, D. Scanderbeg, S. Schafer, M. Schell, D. Schlesinger, T. Schmidt, C. Schmidtlein, D. Schofield, E. Schreibmann, B. Schueler, R. Schulte, I. Sechopoulos, J. Seco, W. Sensakovic, C. Serago, J. Seuntjens, G. Sgouros, G. Sharp, M. Sharpe, K. Sheng, D. Shepard, C. Shi, C. Sibata, J. Siebers, J. Siewerdsen, D. Simpkin, W. Smith, K. Smith, M. Snyder, J. Soen, T. Solberg, W. Song, M. Speidel, J. St.  Germain, K. Stantz, G. Starkschall, J. Star-Lack, S. Stathakis, R. Staton, J. Stayman, S. Steciw, R. Stern, D. Stevens, R. Stewart, K. Stump, M. Su, T. Suh, O. Suleiman, M. Supanich, S. Sutlief, K. Suzuki, K. Swanson, D. Switzer, K. Taguchi, X. Tang, J. Tang, R. Tarver, M. Taylor, R. Ten Haken, B. Thomadsen, J. Ting, D. Todor, W. Tome', J. Tomlinson, R. Tosh, A. Trofimov, B. Tsui, F. Van den Heuvel, T. Varghese, S. Vedam, S. Vedantham, Y. Vinogradskiy, G. Virshup, D. Visvikis, Z. Wang, L. Wang, D. Wang, J. Wang, J. Weaver, J. Weiser, D. Wells, R. Wendt, D. Westerly, S. White, R. Wiersma, K. Wijesooriya, C. Willis, B. Winey, J. Wong, Q. Wu, H. Wu, X. Wu, C. Wuu, P. Xia, Y. Xiao, L. Xing, X. Xu, T. Yamamoto, C. Yan, N. Yanasak, J. Yang, K. Yang, D. Yang, S. Ye, K. Yenice, M. Yester, I. Yeung, B. Yi, F. Yin, E. Yorke, C. Yu, Y. Yu, H. Yu, L. Yu, M. Zaider, H. Zaidi, W. Zbijewski, O. Zeidan, T. Zhang, D. Zhang, X. Zhang, G. Zhang, J. Zhang, D. Zhang, W. Zhao, B. Zhao, T. Zhao, Y. Zheng, T. Zhu, X. Zhu, L. Zhu, P. Zygmanski

MODERATORS

N. Agazaryan, E. Ahunbay, J. Antolak, B. Arjomandy, S. Armato, E. Armour, S. Avery, A. Badal, D. Bakalyar, P. Bakic, J. Balter, P. Balter, J. Bayouth, S. Becker, S. Beddar, C. Beltran, S. Benedict, R. Berbeco, C. Borras, S. Both, S. Bowen, K. Brock, J. Burmeister, W. Butler, J. Cai, Y. Cao, P. Carson, L. Cervino, S. Chang, Z. Chang, H. Chen, G. Chen, I. Chetty, S. Cho, B. Clasie, J. Clements, C. Coolens, R. Cormack, L. Court, O. Craciunescu, B. Curran, I. Das, J. Deasy, J. DeMarco, S. Dieterich, J. Dobbins, L. Dong, W. D'Souza, P. Dunscombe, E. Ehler, I. El Naqa, G. Ezzell, B. Faddegon, S. Fain, J. Farr, J. Felmlee, K. Fetterly, R. Flynn, E. Ford, J. Fowlkes, M. Fox, G. Frey, M. Giger, E. Gingold, C. Glide-Hurst, M. Goodsitt, J. Goodwin, P. Halvorsen, M. Hatt, J. Hazle, E. Hipp, K. Hogstrom, M. Holland, D. Hristov, J. Hsieh, Y. Hu, G. Hugo, M. Huq, G. Ibbott, P. Imbergamo, A. Jackson, R. Jeraj, X. Jia, S. Jiang, A. Jones, K. Kanal, A. Karellas, P. Keall, J. Keener, M. Kessler, G. Kim, P. Kinahan, M. King, E. Klein, J. Kofler, J. Kruse, J. Lagendijk, S. Langer, S. Leng, B. Li, X. Li, X. Li, H. Li, E. Lief, J. Ma, G. Mageras, M. Mahesh, W. Mao, L. Marks, R. Marsh, M. Martel, O. Mawlawi, C. Mayo, C. McCollough, M. McEwen, T. McNutt, J. Mechalakos, R. Miller, R. Mohan, A. Molineu, S. Molloi, V. Montemayor, K. Moore, M. Moore, J. Moran, F. Mourtada, S. Mutic, K. Myers, L. Nagahara, W. Ngwa, J. Nye, T. Nyholm, A. Olch, M. Oldham, C. Orton, H. Paganetti, T. Pan, X. Pan, N. Papanikolaou, W. Pavlicek, T. Pawlicki, N. Pelc, C. Pelizzari, D. Pfeiffer, M. Phillips, D. Pickens, R. Pizzutiello, B. Pogue, D. Rangaraj, N. Ranger, C. Reft, M. Rehani, J. Reiff, I. Reiser, A. Rodrigues, J. Rong, L. Rothenberg, J. Rottmann, D. Ruan, A. Sahgal, E. Samei, C. Sammet, E. Schreibmann, J. Schuemann, R. Schulte, I. Sechopoulos, J. Seuntjens, Y. Shao, G. Sharp, M. Sharpe, K. Sheng, Y. Shu, J. Siebers, J. Siewerdsen, P. Slattery, T. Solberg, W. Song, P. Sprawls, R. Stafford, T. Stanescu, J. Stanford, G. Starkschall, R. Staton, J. Stayman, R. Stern, M. Supanich, D. Switzer, X. Tang, R. Tarver, B. Thomadsen, S. Tripathi, A. Trofimov, F. Van den Heuvel, J. Van Dyk, T. Waldron, L. Wang, J. Wang, T. Wilson, B. Winey, Q. Wu, A. Wu, L. Xing, D. Yang, J. Yang, F. Yin, E. Yorke, L. Yu, C. Yu, N. Yue, J. Zagzebski, D. Zhang, W. Zhao, T. Zhu, L. Zhu

INVITED SPEAKERS AND PARTICIPANTS

C. Abbey, E. Ahunbay, J. Allison, M. Altman, J. Andersson, E. Angel, B. Arjomandy, A. Badal, P. Bakic, F. Ballester, J. Balter, P. Balter, J. Bayouth, S. Becker, S. Benedict, S. Bentzen, R. Berbeco, E. Berns, M. Bernstein, C. Bloch, S. Boddu, W. Bolch, D. Boreham, C. Borras, T. Bortfeld, R. Bouchard, L. Brateman, D. Breckenridge, K. Brock, J. Bushberg, J. Cai, Y. Cao, A. Carabe-Fernandez, D. Carlson, P. Carson, M. Casey, K. Chan, Z. Chang, H. Chen, G. Chen, J. Chen, I. Chetty, K. Cheung, N. Childress, B. Chinsky, B. Chithrani, J. Cho, H. Choi, L. Clarke, M. Clements, L. Constine, C. Contag, M. Cowperthwaite, O. Craciunescu, B. Curran, J. Daartz, J. Damilakis, I. Das, S. Das, D. Dauvergne, A. de Leeuw, K. Denison, M. Descovich, S. Dieterich, B. Dirksen, R. Dixon, J. Dobbins, F. Dong, L. Dong, I. Driesser, P. Dunscombe, E. Ehler, S. Emelianov, G. Ezzell, K. Farahani, J. Felmlee, K. Fetterly, M. Flynn, D. Followill, E. Ford, B. Fraass, G. Frey, P. Galavis, S. Geneser, J. Gibbons, M. Giger, E. Gingold, M. Goodsitt, J. Goodwin, K. Gorny, M. Goske, Z. Grelewicz, S. Hahn, T. Hall, P. Halvorsen, N. Hangiandreou, E. Hipp, D. Hodgson, H. Hopkins, R. Howell, C. Hua, M. Huq, G. Ibbott, P. Imbergamo, E. Jackson, A. Jackson, D. Jaffray, R. Jeraj, X. Jia, M. Joiner, A. Jones, D. Jordan, G. Kagadis, I. Kalet, S. Kappadath, A. Karellas, P. Kazantsev, M. Kessler, G. Kim, D. Kim, P. Kinahan, E. Klein, J. Kofler, F. Kong, D. Kostylev, S. Krishnan, E. Krupinski, J. Kruse, S. Kry, M. Kupinski, Z. Labby, J. Lagendijk, P. Lee, J. Lewis, R. Li, B. Li, X. Li, B. Libby, E. Lief, J. Limmer, B. Liu, Z. Lu, J. Ma, R. MacDougall, T. Mackie, G. Mageras, M. Mahesh, M. Markey, C. Mayo, C. McCollough, K. McDonald, M. McNitt-Gray, T. McNutt, A. Meghzifene, M. Meineke, T. Mertelmeier, M. Miften, D. Mihailidis, B. Mijnheer, B. Miller, R. Miller, R. Miller, M. Mills, R. Miyaoka, R. Mohan, A. Molineu, S. Molloi, K. Moore, M. Moore, J. Moran, S. Morgan, W. Morgan, R. Morin, B. Murray, S. Mutic, J. Nelson, T. Ngoma, W. Ngwa, J. Nye, T. Nyholm, N. Obuchowski, F. Odedina, U. Oelfke, N. Ohri, A. Olch, M. Oldham, L. Olsen, B. O'Neill, S. Opila, A. Oraevsky, C. Orton, R. Padovani, H. Paganetti, J. Palta, X. Pan, T. Pan, A. Panda, M. Pankuch, K. Parodi, A. Pasciak, V. Patel, W. Pavlicek, T. Pawlicki, D. Peck, N. Pelc, J. Perks, N. Petrick, D. Pfeiffer, M. Phillips, D. Pickens, Y. Pipman, R. Pizzutiello, B. Pogue, R. Pooley, R. Popple, J. Pouliot, R. Price, J. Prisciandaro, B. Raaymakers, D. Rangaraj, N. Ranger, K. Rasmussen, C. Reft, M. Rehani, M. Ribas Morales, L. Rothenberg, G. Rubin, S. Russek, N. Sahoo, E. Sajo, E. Samei, C. Sammet, V. Sathiaseelan, D. Schlesinger, T. Schmidt, R. Schulte, I. Sechopoulos, J. Seibert, W. Sensakovic, Y. Shao, D. Shepard, G. Sherouse, K. Shine, R. Shore, T. Showalter, Y. Shu, J. Siebers, J. Siewerdsen, R. Siochi, J. Sloan, W. Smith, S. Smith, P. Sprawls, R. Stafford, T. Stanescu, G. Starkschall, J. Stayman, J. Steele, R. Stewart, K. Strauss, D. Sullivan, N. Suntharalingam, M. Supanich, M. Svatos, B. Thomadsen, D. Todor, E. Travis, V. Tsapaki, B. Ulsh, J. Unkelbach, J. Van Dyk, M. Vanderhoek, L. Wagner, E. Wahl, J. Wang, G. White, M. Wiesmeyer, K. Wijesooriya, J. Williamson, C. Willis, B. Winey, J. Wong, Q. Wu, R. Wu, Y. Xiao, L. Xing, M. Yaffe, K. Yang, M. Yester, F. Yin, E. Yorke, L. Yu, J. Zagzebski, W. Zbijewski, X. Zhu