Written by Kim Furlow, Institute for Public Health
A number of people and organizations contributed to a new report published by the National Academy of Sciences entitled, Radioactive Sources: Applications and Alternative Technologies. Washington University in St. Louis medical faculty and staff of the Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health together with physicians and medical physicists from Liga Nacional Contra el Cancer/Instituto de Cancerología (LIGA/INCAN) shared perspectives on their collaborative project to adopt intensity-modulated radiotherapy in Guatemala. This successful partnership includes the support from the U.S. Agency for International Development /American Schools and Hospitals Abroad, Varian Medical Systems, the National Nuclear Security Administration and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Jacaranda van Rheenen, PhD, Jeff Michalski, MD, Hiram Gay, MD, Bin Cai, PhD, Lauren Henke, MD, and Eric Laugeman, MS, Edgar Ruiz, MD, Angel Velarde, MS, Vicky de Falla, MD, Carlos Garcia, MD, Javier Figueroa, MD, Kirk Najera, MS, Milton Ixquiac, MS, and Franky Reyes, MS, contributed to the report, which details the project to install state of the art radiation oncology equipment to the only cancer treatment facility serving the poor in Guatemala, LIGA/INCAN.
The report can be downloaded here via free PDF.