Marsha Haley

Marsha Haley

Magee Womens Hospital, USA

Title: The role of breast MRI in radiation therapy planning


Marsha Haley, MD is board-certified in radiation oncology. She received her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Va., and completed a residency in radiation oncology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. She specializes in the treatment of breast and gynecological cancers. Her research interests include gynecological brachytherapy and the public health effects of unconventional gas extraction. She is a member of the American Brachytherapy Society and the American Society for Radiation Oncology.


MRI is a valuable tool for the radiation oncologist. Pretreatment MRI can be utilized as a tool to help plan radiation treatment portals, by delineating the extent of disease prior to chemotherapy and/or surgery. MRI can also be used post-operatively to assist with treatment planning. Advantages include superior anatomic delineation of soft tissue structures, improvement in lymph node imaging detail, and improved inter observer planning for the boost volume. Care studies include a case locally advanced breast cancer and a case of radiation treatment planning.

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