Bas W. Raaymakers

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At the UMC Utrecht, The Netherlands, we have constructed a prototype MRI accelerator. The prototype is a modified 6 MV Elekta (Crawley, UK) accelerator next to a modified 1.5 T Philips Achieva (Best, The Netherlands) MRI system. From the initial design onwards, modifications to both systems were aimed to yield simultaneous and unhampered operation of the(More)
Several institutes are currently working on the development of a radiotherapy treatment system with online MR imaging (MRI) modality. The main difference between their designs is the magnetic field strength of the MRI system. While we have chosen a 1.5 Tesla (T) magnetic field strength, the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton will be using a 0.2 T MRI(More)
The current image-guided radiotherapy systems are suboptimal in the esophagus, pancreas, kidney, rectum, lymph node, etc. These locations in the body are not easily accessible for fiducials and cannot be visualized sufficiently on cone-beam computed tomographies, making daily patient set-up prone to geometrical uncertainties and hinder dose optimization.(More)
The application of thermal modelling for hyperthermia and thermal ablation is severely hampered by lack of information about perfusion and vasculature. However, recently, with the advent of sophisticated angiography and dynamic contrast enhanced (DCE) imaging techniques, it has become possible to image small vessels and blood perfusion bringing the ultimate(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment for locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) consists of chemoradiation therapy (CRT) and surgery. Approximately 15% of patients show a pathological complete response (pCR). Increased pCR-rates can be achieved through dose escalation, thereby increasing the number patients eligible for organ-preservation to improve quality of life (QoL). A(More)
In high-field MRI severe problems with respect to B(1) (+) uniformity and specific absorption rate (SAR) deposition pose a great challenge to whole-body imaging. In this study the potential of a phased array transmit coil is investigated to simultaneously reduce B(1) (+) nonuniformity and SAR deposition. This was tested by performing electromagnetic(More)
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES In radiotherapy the healthy tissue involvement still poses serious dose limitations. This results in sub-optimal tumour dose and complications. Daily image guided radiotherapy (IGRT) is the key development in radiation oncology to solve this problem. MRI yields superb soft-tissue visualization and provides several imaging modalities for(More)
In radiotherapy one aims to deliver a radiation dose to a tumour with high geometrical accuracy while sparing organs at risk (OARs). Although image guidance decreases geometrical uncertainties, treatment of cancer of abdominal organs is further complicated by respiratory motion, requiring intra-fraction motion compensation to fulfil the treatment intent.(More)
PURPOSE We determined prostate perfusion in 18 patients with locally advanced prostate carcinoma treated with a combination of external beam irradiation and regional (10) or interstitial (8) hyperthermia. MATERIALS AND METHODS Perfusion values were calculated from temperature elevations due to constant applied power and from transient temperature(More)