2013 NW AAPM Fall Meeting



NW AAPM Fall Agenda

October 18, 2013

Location: Museum of History and Industry

860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA ‎ (206) 324-1126


7:30 – 8:25 AM

Registration, Continental breakfast in Vendor Hall

8:25 – 8:30 AM


George Sandison, PhD; NW AAPM President

8:30 – 8:35 AM

House-keeping remarks, Continuing Education Business

Darryl Kaurin, PhD; Sai Mahendra, MS

Morning Scientific Session

George Sandison, PhD; NW AAPM President

8:35 – 8:55 AM

The Status of Quantitative PET/CT Imaging

Paul Kinahan, PhD

University of Washington

8:55 – 9:55 AM

Advanced Technologies for Image-Guidance

Jeffrey Siewerdsen, PhD

Johns Hopkins University

9:55 – 10:20 AM

Surface Mapping: Its Clinical Role and Comparisons with Cone beam CT

Daliang Cao, PhD

Swedish Cancer Institute

10:20 – 10:45 AM

Coffee Break, Snacks in Vendor Hall

10:45 – 11:05 AM

A critical and expanding role for radiation therapy in the management of Merkel cell carcinoma, an aggressive skin cancer driven by a polyomavirus

Paul Nghiem, MD, PhD

University of Washington

11:05 – 11:30 AM

Pediatric CT

Kalpana Kanal, PhD

University of Washington

11:30 – 11:50 AM

Tumor position verification for respiratory gated radiotherapy using markerless tracking in EPID images

Juergen Meyer, PhD

University of Washington

11:50 AM – 1 PM

Lunch, Box Lunches in Vendor Hall

12 – 1 PM

NW Chapter AAPM Business Meeting

Afternoon Scientific Session

David Shepard, PhD; NW AAPM President-Elect

1:00 – 1:20 PM

Patient Safety Improvement with Near-miss Incident Reporting

Matthew Nyflot, PhD

University of Washington

1:20 – 1:35 PM

Clinical Implementation of a Flattening-Filter-Free Beam

Anton Eagle, MS

Mats Fredrickson, MS

Northwest Medical Physics Center

1:35 – 1:55 PM

The Need for 4DCBCT Imaging in Patient Setup for Gated Lung SBRT

Jianzhou Wu, PhD

Swedish Cancer Institute

1:55 – 2:15 PM

Development of a novel spatial calorimetry technique for high dose rate radiation dosimetry

Juergen Meyer, PhD

University of Washington

2:15 – 2:50 PM

Break, Snack in the Vendor Hall

2:50 – 3:10 PM

Radium revisited: a new era of alpha emitting radiotherapy begins with Ra-223

Bruce Busby, MS

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/SCCA

3:10 – 3:30 PM

Developing Radiopharmaceuticals for Molecular Radiotherapy using the Alpha-Emitting Radionuclide Astatine-211

D. Scott Wilbur, PhD

University of Washington

3:30 – 3:55 PM

Clinical Evolution of Calypso at Madigan Army Medical Center

Cynthia Malmer; MS

Northwest Medical Physics Center

3:55 – 4:15 PM

High Energy Brachytherapy Dosimetry as It Applies to Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI)

Susan Richardson, PhD

Swedish Cancer Institute

4:15 – 4:45 PM

From Uniform Scanning to Pencil Beam Scanning in Proton Therapy

Tony Wong, PhD

SCCA Proton Therapy – A Procure Center

Closing Remarks, Information

George Sandison, PhD; NW AAPM President; Darryl Kaurin, PhD

5 – 9 PM

Night Out, just across the dock

Virginia V Steamer



10/3/2013: Release date of rooms for the Silver Cloud Inn (see below)

Fri 10/18/2013 7:30 at MOHAI: Vendors set up tables/booths

Fri 10/18 7:30-8:25 at MOHAI, light breakfast

Fri 10/18 8:25-4:45 Symposium at MOHAI

Fri 10/18 5 – 9PM Night out: Virginia V (see below) [it will stay docked, no need to worry about being Shanghaied or wave-induced sickness …]


The 2013 Fall NW AAPM meeting has something for everyone in Diagnostic, Nuclear Medicine, and Radiation Oncology. We are excited to have Jeffrey Siewerdsen from Johns Hopkins delivering our key-note address on Image Guidance. Please give a big thank you and visit to our vendors who make the meeting affordable for us all and help us with their latest products.

Lodging: 30 rooms have been reserved at the Silver Cloud within walking distance of MOHAI – see below for more information.

Parking: some parking is available at MOHAI, see below.

Note to wearers of high-heel shoes: you will be walking over a dock and on a ship, it is suggested to wear flats.

Insurance: please be aware that the attendees and speakers are responsible for their own accident and liability insurance.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Local Arrangements Committee, Fall 2013 meeting: Darryl Kaurin, Chair; George A. Sandison, Pres NW AAPM; David Shepard, Pres Elect NW AAPM; Carl Bergsagel, Sec/Treas NW AAPM; Miriam Lambert, NW AAPM Rep to AAPM Board; Joanna Harper, Past Pres NW AAPM, Miron Zaini, Past+ Pres NW AAPM, Greg Courlas, Past+ Pres NW AAPM, Robin Miller, Local AV liaison; Saikanth Mahendra, Local CME liaison.


General Parking

Special parking for MOHAI patrons is available at the AGC Lot (1200 Westlake Avenue N) (map). Parking is $5 during weekdays and $4 nights and weekends for up to 10 hours. Tickets can be validated at the MOHAI front desk. No vehicles over 20 feet tall or 25 feet long.

  • From I-5: Take Exit 167 (Mercer Street). Follow Mercer street west 3 blocks. Take a Right onto Westlake Avenue N and proceed north for about 0.25 miles. AGC lot is on the right at Highland Drive.
  • From Downtown:  Follow 4th Avenue north. Take a right at Virginia Street. Take left at Westlake Avenue N and proceed North for about 1 mile. AGC lot is on the right at Highland Drive.


ADA Accessible Parking

Exclusive handicap accessible parking is available at a lot adjacent to MOHAI (map). Due to construction the lot can only be accessed from Terry Avenue northbound.

  • From I-5: Take Exit 167 (Mercer Street). Follow one block and turn right onto Terry Avenue N. Cross Valley street and turn right into parking area. Pass through parking area and turn left to approach gate. Follow directions at gate for access to lot.
  • From Downtown:  Follow 4th Avenue north. Take a right at Virginia Street. Take left at Westlake Avenue N. Follow 0.8 miles and take a right at Republican street. Take an immediate left at Terry Avenue N. Follow across Mercer and Valley streets and turn right into parking area.Pass through the parking area and turn left to approach gate. Follow directions at gate for access to lot.

- See more at: http://www.mohai.org/visit-us#parking



 Night Out: 5PM – 9PM Virginia V

After the program, join us for a Night Out on the historic steamship Virginia V docked next to the Museum of History & Industry. This will be a great opportunity to network and socialize with friends and associates from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.




The Virginia V is a 125-foot National Historical Landmark Steamship built in 1922 to carry passengers and freight between Vashon Island, Seattle and Tacoma in Washington state. She is the last operational wooden hull, steam-powered vessel of Puget Sound’s famed ‘Mosquito Fleet’, a predecessor to the  Washington State Ferries system.  The Virginia V is available for public charter and education and is operated by The Steamer Virginia V Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote Puget Sound maritime history through the restoration, preservation, operation and  interpretation of the S.S. Virginia V.  For more information visit www.VirginiaV.org.



Thirty rooms are being reserved at the Silver Cloud Inn, within walking distance of the conference at 1150 Fairview Ave No; Seattle WA 98109, 206-447-9500; ask for the NW AAPM group rate.  Complementary breakfast, WiFi, and parking.  Standard: $139, Lakeview:$159, Lakeview Suite upgrade$179. http://www.silvercloud.com/seattlelakeunion/