Devoted to advancements in cancer therapy
Meet MRI expert Elena Nioutsikou who is actively shaping the role of magnetic resonance imaging in radiation therapy and advocating for more women in STEM.
Since joining Siemens Healthineers, Elena Nioutsikou has been at the forefront of innovation of radiation therapy for cancer patients and in particular its combination with magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. MR images can provide a better understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the disease and hence aid in designing more localized treatments with fewer side effects. Elena Nioutsikou’s goal is to help improve quality of life for cancer patients.
How MRI and X-ray can work together to benefit patients
MRI gives an additional perspective of how the tumor looks like and how it behaves. It also shows well the surrounding anatomy. Thus, it can help devise strategies that are tailor-made to the individual patient.
Innovation needs diverse perspectives
An inspirational role model for women
Pötter R, Tanderup K, Schmid MP, Jürgenliemk-Schulz I, Haie-Meder C, Fokdal LU, et al. MRI-guided adaptive brachytherapy in locally advanced cervical cancer (EMBRACE-I): a multicentre prospective cohort study. Lancet Oncol. 2021 Apr;22(4):538–547.
MR-based organs-at-risk contouring for radiotherapy planning with AI-Rad Companion Organs RT; AI-Rad Companion Organs RT VA50 is under development and not commercially available. Its future availability cannot be ensured.