The UK Imaging & Oncology (UKIO) Congress 2019 was hosted this year in Liverpool and is the largest multidisciplinary imaging and oncology conference in the UK, showcasing the latest developments in both imaging and oncology for radiographers, clinicians and physicists alike.

The Congress was opened with an inspirational talk from Surrey’s own celebrity physicist, Professor Jim Al-Khalili on the birth of quantum biology, an area of research which has recently sparked his interest and the topic of his latest book.

The focus of the congress was the latest technology, research and innovation which have been occurring in both imaging and oncology. Sessions were run alongside each other on topics ranging from paediatric radiology to the use of machine learning in radiotherapy. Additionally, there were a number of manufacturer stands, showcasing the latest technology they have to offer and demonstrating its use practically.

A number of radiotherapy physicists from the Royal Surrey presented at the conference. Gail Distefano, gave a talk on SABR (Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy) developments in the UK and current working practices.

Clara Navarro presented a poster on ‘Assessment of Velocity and Mirada auto-segmentation tools’ assessing the ability of deep learning algorithms to aid in the treatment planning process,  Matt Bolt presented a poster based on his recently completed PhD work on ‘Potential efficiency savings in daily QA of a linear accelerator’ and trainee radiotherapy physicist Victoria Moore presented a poster on the conclusions of her MSc project titled ‘Assessment of the delivered dose to the CTV during external beam radiotherapy for cervical cancer’.

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