Congratulations to Dr. Yamamoto
July 11, 2014
Dr. Tokihiro Yamamoto was selected by the RSNA Research and Education Foundation for his grant application "CT-based Pulmonary Gas Exchange Imaging for Personalized Radiotherapy.” He, along with his Co-Investigators: Dr. Michael Kent (Vet Med - Surgical & Radiological Sciences), Dr. Erik Wisner (Vet Med - Surgical & Radiological Sciences) and Dr. Lynelle Johnson (Vet Med - Medicine & Epidemiology) and scientific advisor: Dr. John Boone (Radiology) will be tasked with the overall goal to develop and investigate a novel functional imaging technique for pulmonary gas exchange based on computed tomography (CT) to increase therapeutic gains of lung cancer radiotherapy. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Approximately 60% of new lung cancer patients are treated with radiotherapy, and despite technological advances in the field, overall survival remains disappointing and toxicity is substantial.
Under this funding, the PIs will test the physiological accuracy of CT gas exchange imaging using a canine model with spontaneously arising pulmonary disease and their goal is to ultimately increase therapeutic gains of lung cancer radiotherapy by reducing pulmonary toxicity and thereby increasing quality of life; and (2) make CT gas exchange imaging widely available for routine use in radiotherapy.