Meeting Report: American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2018


The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) held their 60th annual meeting from July 29 through August 2 in Nashville, Tennessee. Five focused ultrasound abstracts were selected for presentation. Washington University in St. Louis presented three of the five abstracts, with one in collaboration with Profound Medical. The others came from Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston and the University of Chicago. AAPM features a special session on focused ultrasound every other year, with 2018 being the off year. The 2019 meeting has been scheduled for July 14-18 in San Antonio, Texas.


MO-J430-CAMPUS-F1-5 – Non Contrast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Biomarkers for Characterizing Thermal Lesions Following MR Guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Surgery (MRgHIFU):Preliminary Results in An Ex Vivo Tissue Model by J Zhang*, A Ajala, and R Muthupillai at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Houston, TX (Clinical Applications).

SU-I-GPD-I-13 – Assessment of Histotripsy Liquefaction with Multi-Modal Imaging in Vitro, by G Anthony*, V Bollen, S Sammet, and K Bader at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (Imaging General Poster Discussion).

SU-I-GPD-SPS-1 – Awake Blood-Brain Barrier Opening in Mice with a Wearable Focused Ultrasound Device by Z Wang1*, L Zhu, and H Chen from the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Radiation Oncology at Washington University, St. Louis, MO (Society of Physics Students Undergraduate Research).

SU-L-KDBRB1-1 – Safety of Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (MRgHIFU) Mild Hyperthermia Treatment of Porcine Muscle in Vivo by L Zhu, H Chen, H Gach, I Zoberi, D Hallahan, and M Altman at Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO (MRI-Guided Applications).

TU-C1000-GePD-F6-5 – Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Guided High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (MRgHIFU) Mild Hyperthermia Therapy: Treatment Site Selection Based On a Healthy Volunteer Study and Verified Using a Porcine Model by M Altman, L Zhu, S Kothapalli, A Partanen, G Cheng, H Gach, I Zoberi, D Hallahan, and H Chen at Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, Profound Medical Inc, Mississauga, ON, (General ePoster Discussion).