Biography Prof. Raaymakers
Bas Raaymakers (1972) works as a professor experimental clinical physics at the department of Radiotherapy of the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Bas studied experimental physics in Utrecht, the Netherlands. In 2001 he received a PhD for his work on thermal modelling for interstitial hyperthermia in the UMC Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Already in the last year as a PhD student, the idea of integrating a radiotherapy accelerator with a 1.5 T MRI was launched and explored together with Jan Lagendijk, again in the UMC Utrecht. The preliminary work resulted in interest from Elekta and Philips to built a first static prototype hybrid MRI accelerator yielding the proof of concept of simultaneous MRI and radiation delivery. A second prototype followed with full rotating gantry and MLC enabling MRI guided IMRT on phantoms. This was the starting point for building towards a third, clinical prototype system which is currently under construction.
Bas's main challenge is to translate the MRI accelerator research into the radiotherapy clinic, both in Utrecht but also there is now an international consortium of renowned institutions that together with Elekta and Philips pursue this goal. E.g. MRI based adaptive radiotherapy strategies and fast, on-line plan adaptations. In parallel the technical feasibility of MRI guided proton therapy is addressed.