Dr Elisabeth Steiner

Postdoctoral Research Associate
ACRF Image X Institute
Central Clinical School

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Biographical details

Dr Elisabeth Steiner obtained her PhD from the Medical University of Vienna in 2015. Her research focused on intrafraction motion management strategies for different tumour sites and motion characteristics and the resulting dose from imaging procedures for various imaging technologies in photon beam radiation therapy and particle beam therapy. In addition, she worked as a clinical medical physicist at the Vienna General Hospital (AKH)/Medical University of Vienna from 2014 to 2015. In 2016, she joined the Radiation Physics Laboratory where she is working on audiovisual biofeedback systems for improving cancer radiotherapy. One application of the technology is for breast cancer radiotherapy to guide patients into a reproducible deep inspiration breath hold and monitor the stability of this breath hold to reduce the heart toxicity for left-sided breast cancer patients. Another application is for regular breathing training and guidance for lung cancer radiotherapy to improve the image quality and make the tumour motion during the treatment more predictable. In addition, Elisabeth is interested in the motion representation of lung tumours in 4D Cone Beam CTs.

Current projects

Audio-Visual Biofeedback:

http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/image-x/research/audiovisual-biofeedback.php

  • Audio-Visual Investigation Advancing Thoracic Radiotherapy (AVIATOR):
    Multi-institutional, randomised clinical investigation of the breathing training system: audiovisual biofeedback to improve breathing regularity and reduce medical imaging errors for lung cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy.
  • Breast Radiotherapy AudioVisual Enhancement for sparing the Heart (BRAVEHeart):
    Randomised clinical trial to investigate a technology for breath hold guidance to reduce the heart toxicity of breast cancer radiotherapy.

Remove the Mask:

http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/image-x/research/remove-the-mask.php

  • Reducing anxiety and distress for head and neck cancer patients.Immobilisation masks are used during head and neck cancer radiotherapy to ensure an accurate treatment, by holding the patient's head and shoulders still.Up to 50% of head and neck cancer patients fear being enclosed and trapped by the mask, experiencing anxiety and distress. We are developing surface monitoring technology that can detect and guide patient motion, which will allow us to “remove the mask”.

Keywords

Radiotherapy; Medical physics; Medical imaging

Clinical Specialty

Oncology

International links

United States

(UC Davis) Bench-to-bedside clinical translation of technology for breath hold guidance during radiotherapy for breast cancer patients

Selected grants

2017

  • BRAVEHeart - empowering breast cancer radiotherapy patients to save their hearts; Steiner E, Keall P, Lamoury G, Morgia M, Bromley R, Booth J, Makhija K, Silvester S, Grant C; National Breast Cancer Foundation/Pilot Study Grants.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Kostiukhina, N., Georg, D., Rollet, S., Kuess, P., Sipaj, A., Andrzejewski, P., Furtado, H., Rausch, I., Lechner, W., Steiner, E., et al (2017). Advanced Radiation DOSimetry phantom (ARDOS): a versatile breathing phantom for 4D radiation therapy and medical imaging. Physics in Medicine and Biology, 62(20), 8136-8153. [More Information]
  • Steiner, E., Stock, M., Kostresevic, B., Ableitinger, A., Jelen, U., Prokesch, H., Santiago, A., Trnkova, P., Wolf, A., et al (2013). Imaging dose assessment for IGRT in particle beam therapy. Radiotherapy and Oncology, 109(3), 409-413. [More Information]
  • Steiner, E., Georg, D., Goldner, G., Stock, M. (2013). Prostate and patient intrafraction motion: impact on treatment time-dependent planning margins for patients with endorectal balloon. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, 86(4), 755-761. [More Information]
  • Furtado, H., Steiner, E., Stock, M., Georg, D., Birkfellner, W. (2013). Real-time 2D/3D registration using kV-MV image pairs for tumor motion tracking in image guided radiotherapy. Acta Oncologica, 52(7), 1464-1471. [More Information]
  • Stock, M., Palm, A., Altendorfer, A., Steiner, E., Georg, D. (2012). IGRT induced dose burden for a variety of imaging protocols at two different anatomical sites. Radiotherapy and Oncology, 102(3), 355-363. [More Information]

2017

  • Kostiukhina, N., Georg, D., Rollet, S., Kuess, P., Sipaj, A., Andrzejewski, P., Furtado, H., Rausch, I., Lechner, W., Steiner, E., et al (2017). Advanced Radiation DOSimetry phantom (ARDOS): a versatile breathing phantom for 4D radiation therapy and medical imaging. Physics in Medicine and Biology, 62(20), 8136-8153. [More Information]

2013

  • Steiner, E., Stock, M., Kostresevic, B., Ableitinger, A., Jelen, U., Prokesch, H., Santiago, A., Trnkova, P., Wolf, A., et al (2013). Imaging dose assessment for IGRT in particle beam therapy. Radiotherapy and Oncology, 109(3), 409-413. [More Information]
  • Steiner, E., Georg, D., Goldner, G., Stock, M. (2013). Prostate and patient intrafraction motion: impact on treatment time-dependent planning margins for patients with endorectal balloon. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, 86(4), 755-761. [More Information]
  • Furtado, H., Steiner, E., Stock, M., Georg, D., Birkfellner, W. (2013). Real-time 2D/3D registration using kV-MV image pairs for tumor motion tracking in image guided radiotherapy. Acta Oncologica, 52(7), 1464-1471. [More Information]

2012

  • Stock, M., Palm, A., Altendorfer, A., Steiner, E., Georg, D. (2012). IGRT induced dose burden for a variety of imaging protocols at two different anatomical sites. Radiotherapy and Oncology, 102(3), 355-363. [More Information]

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