Annual Oration in Radiation Oncology Presented Today

Lawrence B. Marks, M.D.

Benefits, Liabilities of Imaging in Radiation Therapy are Focus

While medical imaging has markedly improved radiation therapy, limitations remain and excessive over-reliance on imaging can be detrimental, according to Lawrence B. Marks, M.D., who will present "'Error Bars' in Medical Imaging: Stealth and Treacherous." Dr. Marks combines expertise in radiation therapy-induced normal tissue injury and human-factors engineering to detail specific errors that can occur when applying medical images to radiation therapy.

The Dr. Sidney K. Simon Distinguished Professor of Oncology Research in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Dr. Marks has conducted several imaging-based prospective clinical trials to better understand radiation-induced lung and heart injury and was the lead physician for the QUANTEC (Quantitative Analyses of Normal Tissue Effects in the Clinic) initiative sponsored by the American Society for Radiation Oncology and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

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