Groups launch registry to promote SPECT for prostate cancer
April 21, 2021 -- The Oncidium Foundation and Telix Pharmaceuticals have launched a registry to promote the use of SPECT with a prostate-specific membrane antigen agent for prostate cancer detection. Read More
RaySearch's new planning system treats 1st patients in Japan
April 16, 2021 -- RaySearch Laboratories said that its RayStation treatment planning system has been used to treat the first patients at a new carbon ion therapy center at Yamagata University Hospital in Japan. Read More
Siemens Healthineers completes Varian acquisition
April 15, 2021 -- It's been called the biggest acquisition in healthcare this year, and now it's a done deal. Siemens Healthineers announced on Thursday that its purchase of Varian Medical Systems is complete. The purchase instantly makes Siemens the dominant player in the global radiation therapy market. Read More
Canon Medical, RaySearch expand partnership
April 15, 2021 -- Canon Medical Systems USA said it is expanding its partnership with RaySearch Laboratories to distribute Canon CT and PET/CT scanners in the U.S. Read More
Reps. ask CMS to change policy on radiopharmaceuticals
April 14, 2021 -- Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives have asked the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to change what they said was a fundamentally flawed policy of reimbursing diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals as ancillary supplies for procedures. Read More
Varian to work with Google on new diagnostic AI platform
April 8, 2021 -- Radiation oncology firm Varian Medical Systems plans to work with Google Cloud to build artificial intelligence (AI) tools for radiation oncology organ segmentation using the Google Cloud AI Platform. Read More
Radium-223 treatment in men increases risk of bone fracture
April 6, 2021 -- Bone health agents should be mandatory to help prevent fractures in men who receive radionuclide therapy with radium-223 for prostate cancer, according to a study published online April 4 in Clinical Genitourinary Cancer. Read More
Vysioneer secures FDA clearance for brain tumor contouring software
April 5, 2021 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared artificial intelligence (AI) firm Vysioneer's brain tumor autocontouring software, called VBrain. Read More
ASTRO survey finds rise in advanced-stage cancer
March 30, 2021 -- The disruption of cancer screening programs during the COVID-19 pandemic has had a very real impact. In a recent survey by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), 66% of radiation therapy practice leaders said that new patients are presenting with more advanced-stage cancers. Read More
Varian invests in Israeli microcatheter company
March 26, 2021 -- Radiation oncology firm Varian Medical Systems has invested in Israel-based company Bend It Technologies. Read More
Special Feature
Representation in radiation oncology remains challenging

Radiation oncology has some of the lowest numbers when it comes to female senior faculty representation, according to research published in JAMA Network Open. Read more