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Robert A. Cormack, PH.D.

TitleAssociate Professor of Radiation Oncology
InstitutionBrigham and Women's Hospital
DepartmentRadiation Oncology
AddressBrigham and Women's Hospital
Radiation Oncology, L2
75 Francis St
Boston MA 02115
Phone617/525-7125
Fax617/735-8772

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  1. Altundal Y, Cifter G, Detappe A, Sajo E, Tsiamas P, Zygmanski P, Berbeco R, Cormack RA, Makrigiorgos M, Ngwa W. New potential for enhancing concomitant chemoradiotherapy with FDA approved concentrations of cisplatin via the photoelectric effect. Phys Med. 2015 Feb; 31(1):25-30.
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  2. Damato AL, Devlin PM, Bhagwat MS, Buzurovic I, Friesen S, Hansen JL, Lee LJ, Molodowitch C, Nguyen PL, O'Farrell DA, Viswanathan AN, Williams CL, Killoran JH, Cormack RA. Independent brachytherapy plan verification software: Improving efficacy and efficiency. Radiother Oncol. 2014 Dec; 113(3):420-4.
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  3. Damato AL, Viswanathan AN, Don SM, Hansen JL, Cormack RA. A system to use electromagnetic tracking for the quality assurance of brachytherapy catheter digitization. Med Phys. 2014 Oct; 41(10):101702.
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  4. Podder TK, Beaulieu L, Caldwell B, Cormack RA, Crass JB, Dicker AP, Fenster A, Fichtinger G, Meltsner MA, Moerland MA, Nath R, Rivard MJ, Salcudean T, Song DY, Thomadsen BR, Yu Y. AAPM and GEC-ESTRO guidelines for image-guided robotic brachytherapy: Report of Task Group 192. Med Phys. 2014 Oct; 41(10):101501.
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  5. Murciano-Goroff YR, Wolfsberger LD, Parekh A, Fennessy FM, Tuncali K, Orio PF, Niedermayr TR, Suh WW, Devlin PM, Tempany CM, Sugar EH, O'Farrell DA, Steele G, O'Leary M, Buzurovic I, Damato AL, Cormack RA, Fedorov AY, Nguyen PL. Variability in MRI vs. ultrasound measures of prostate volume and its impact on treatment recommendations for favorable-risk prostate cancer patients: a case series. Radiat Oncol. 2014; 9:200.
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  6. Damato AL, Townamchai K, Albert M, Bair RJ, Cormack RA, Jang J, Kovacs A, Lee LJ, Mak KS, Mirabeau-Beale KL, Mouw KW, Phillips JG, Pretz JL, Russo AL, Lewis JH, Viswanathan AN. Dosimetric consequences of interobserver variability in delineating the organs at risk in gynecologic interstitial brachytherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2014 Jul 1; 89(3):674-81.
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  7. Ngwa W, Kumar R, Sridhar S, Korideck H, Zygmanski P, Cormack RA, Berbeco R, Makrigiorgos GM. Targeted radiotherapy with gold nanoparticles: current status and future perspectives. Nanomedicine (Lond). 2014 May; 9(7):1063-82.
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  8. Niedermayr TR, Nguyen PL, Murciano-Goroff YR, Kovtun KA, Neubauer Sugar E, Cail DW, O'Farrell DA, Hansen JL, Cormack RA, Buzurovic I, Wolfsberger LT, O'Leary MP, Steele GS, Devlin PM, Orio PF. Placement of empty catheters for an HDR-Emulating LDR Prostate Brachytherapy technique: Comparison to standard intraoperative planning. Brachytherapy. 2014 Jul-Aug; 13(4):375-9.
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  9. Damato AL, Cormack RA, Viswanathan AN. Characterization of implant displacement and deformation in gynecologic interstitial brachytherapy. Brachytherapy. 2014 Jan-Feb; 13(1):100-9.
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  10. Damato AL, Viswanathan AN, Cormack RA. Validation of mathematical models for the prediction of organs-at-risk dosimetric metrics in high-dose-rate gynecologic interstitial brachytherapy. Med Phys. 2013 Oct; 40(10):101711.
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  11. Viswanathan AN, Szymonifka J, Tempany-Afdhal CM, O'Farrell DA, Cormack RA. A prospective trial of real-time magnetic resonance-guided catheter placement in interstitial gynecologic brachytherapy. Brachytherapy. 2013 May-Jun; 12(3):240-7.
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  12. Pernelle G, Mehrtash A, Barber L, Damato A, Wang W, Seethamraju RT, Schmidt E, Cormack RA, Wells W, Viswanathan A, Kapur T. Validation of catheter segmentation for MR-guided gynecologic cancer brachytherapy. Med Image Comput Comput Assist Interv. 2013; 16(Pt 3):380-7.
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  13. Pursley J, Risholm P, Fedorov A, Tuncali K, Fennessy FM, Wells WM, Tempany CM, Cormack RA. A Bayesian nonrigid registration method to enhance intraoperative target definition in image-guided prostate procedures through uncertainty characterization. Med Phys. 2012 Nov; 39(11):6858-67.
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  14. Ngwa W, Korideck H, Kassis AI, Kumar R, Sridhar S, Makrigiorgos GM, Cormack RA. In vitro radiosensitization by gold nanoparticles during continuous low-dose-rate gamma irradiation with I-125 brachytherapy seeds. Nanomedicine. 2013 Jan; 9(1):25-7.
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  15. Nguyen PL, Chen MH, Zhang Y, Tempany CM, Cormack RA, Beard CJ, Hurwitz MD, Suh WW, D'Amico AV. Updated results of magnetic resonance imaging guided partial prostate brachytherapy for favorable risk prostate cancer: implications for focal therapy. J Urol. 2012 Oct; 188(4):1151-6.
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  16. Ng SK, Zygmanski P, Lyatskaya Y, D'Amico AV, Cormack RA. Localization of a portion of an endorectal balloon for prostate image-guided radiation therapy using cone-beam tomosynthesis: a feasibility study. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2012 Jun 1; 83(2):e257-64.
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  17. Risholm P, Janoos F, Pursley J, Fedorov A, Tempany C, Cormack RA, Wells WM. Selection of optimal hyper-parameters for estimation of uncertainty in MRI-TRUS registration of the prostate. Med Image Comput Comput Assist Interv. 2012; 15(Pt 3):107-14.
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  18. Beriwal S, Demanes DJ, Erickson B, Jones E, De Los Santos JF, Cormack RA, Yashar C, Rownd JJ, Viswanathan AN. American Brachytherapy Society consensus guidelines for interstitial brachytherapy for vaginal cancer. Brachytherapy. 2012 Jan-Feb; 11(1):68-75.
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  19. Margalit DN, Chen YH, Catalano PJ, Heckman K, Vivenzio T, Nissen K, Wolfsberger LD, Cormack RA, Mauch P, Ng AK. Technological advancements and error rates in radiation therapy delivery. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2011 Nov 15; 81(4):e673-9.
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  20. Holloway CL, Macklin EA, Cormack RA, Viswanathan AN. Should the organs at risk be contoured in vaginal cuff brachytherapy? Brachytherapy. 2011 Jul-Aug; 10(4):313-7.
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  21. Nagesha DK, Tada DB, Stambaugh CK, Gultepe E, Jost E, Levy CO, Cormack R, Makrigiorgos GM, Sridhar S. Radiosensitizer-eluting nanocoatings on gold fiducials for biological in-situ image-guided radio therapy (BIS-IGRT). Phys Med Biol. 2010 Oct 21; 55(20):6039-52.
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  22. Winey BA, Zygmanski P, Cormack RA, Lyatskaya Y. Balancing dose and image registration accuracy for cone beam tomosynthesis (CBTS) for breast patient setup. Med Phys. 2010 Aug; 37(8):4414-23.
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  23. Tada DB, Singh S, Nagesha D, Jost E, Levy CO, Gultepe E, Cormack R, Makrigiorgos GM, Sridhar S. Chitosan film containing poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles: a platform for localized dual-drug release. Pharm Res. 2010 Aug; 27(8):1738-45.
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  24. Viswanathan AN, Cormack R, Rawal B, Lee H. Increasing brachytherapy dose predicts survival for interstitial and tandem-based radiation for stage IIIB cervical cancer. Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2009 Nov; 19(8):1402-6.
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  25. Cormack RA, Sridhar S, Suh WW, D'Amico AV, Makrigiorgos GM. Biological in situ dose painting for image-guided radiation therapy using drug-loaded implantable devices. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2010 Feb 1; 76(2):615-23.
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  26. Holloway CL, Racine ML, Cormack RA, O'Farrell DA, Viswanathan AN. Sigmoid dose using 3D imaging in cervical-cancer brachytherapy. Radiother Oncol. 2009 Nov; 93(2):307-10.
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  27. Mutyala S, Stewart A, Khan AJ, Cormack RA, O'Farrell D, Sugarbaker D, Devlin PM. Permanent iodine-125 interstitial planar seed brachytherapy for close or positive margins for thoracic malignancies. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2010 Mar 15; 76(4):1114-20.
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  28. Nguyen PL, Chen RC, Clark JA, Cormack RA, Loffredo M, McMahon E, Nguyen AU, Suh WW, Tempany CM, D'Amico AV. Patient-reported quality of life after salvage brachytherapy for radio-recurrent prostate cancer: A prospective Phase II study. Brachytherapy. 2009 Oct-Dec; 8(4):345-52.
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  29. Chin DW, Treister N, Friedland B, Cormack RA, Tishler RB, Makrigiorgos GM, Court LE. Effect of dental restorations and prostheses on radiotherapy dose distribution: a Monte Carlo study. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2009; 10(1):2853.
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  30. Stewart AJ, O'Farrell DA, Cormack RA, Hansen JL, Khan AJ, Mutyala S, Devlin PM. Dose volume histogram analysis of normal structures associated with accelerated partial breast irradiation delivered by high dose rate brachytherapy and comparison with whole breast external beam radiotherapy fields. Radiat Oncol. 2008; 3:39.
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  31. Zygmanski P, Högele W, Cormack R, Chin L, Löschel R. A volumetric-modulated arc therapy using sub-conformal dynamic arc with a monotonic dynamic multileaf collimator modulation. Phys Med Biol. 2008 Nov 21; 53(22):6395-417.
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  32. Cormack RA, Devlin PM. Brachytherapy partial breast irradiation: analyzing effect of source configurations on dose metrics relevant to toxicity. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2008 Jul 1; 71(3):940-4.
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  33. Stewart AJ, Cormack RA, Lee H, Xiong L, Hansen JL, O'Farrell DA, Viswanathan AN. Prospective clinical trial of bladder filling and three-dimensional dosimetry in high-dose-rate vaginal cuff brachytherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2008 Nov 1; 72(3):843-8.
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  34. Cormack RA. Quality assurance issues for computed tomography-, ultrasound-, and magnetic resonance imaging-guided brachytherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2008; 71(1 Suppl):S136-41.
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  35. Cormack RA, Holloway CL, O'Farrell D, Devlin PM. Permanent planar iodine-125 implants: the dosimetric effect of geometric parameters for idealized source configurations. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2007 Nov 15; 69(4):1310-5.
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  36. Albert M, Song JS, Schultz D, Cormack RA, Tempany CM, Haker S, Devlin PM, Beard C, Hurwitz MD, Suh WW, Jolesz F, D'Amico AV. Defining the rectal dose constraint for permanent radioactive seed implantation of the prostate. Urol Oncol. 2008 Mar-Apr; 26(2):147-52.
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  37. Nguyen PL, Chen MH, D'Amico AV, Tempany CM, Steele GS, Albert M, Cormack RA, Carr-Locke DL, Bleday R, Suh WW. Magnetic resonance image-guided salvage brachytherapy after radiation in select men who initially presented with favorable-risk prostate cancer: a prospective phase 2 study. Cancer. 2007 Oct 1; 110(7):1485-92.
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  38. Xiang HF, Song JS, Chin DW, Cormack RA, Tishler RB, Makrigiorgos GM, Court LE, Chin LM. Build-up and surface dose measurements on phantoms using micro-MOSFET in 6 and 10 MV x-ray beams and comparisons with Monte Carlo calculations. Med Phys. 2007 Apr; 34(4):1266-73.
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  39. Song JS, Court LE, Cormack RA. Monte Carlo calculation of rectal dose when using an intrarectal balloon during prostate radiation therapy. Med Dosim. 2007; 32(3):151-6.
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  40. Stewart AJ, O'Farrell DA, Mutyala S, Bueno R, Sugarbaker DJ, Cormack RA, Devlin PM. Severe toxicity after permanent radioactive seed implantation for mediastinal carcinoid tumors. Brachytherapy. 2007 Jan-Mar; 6(1):58-61.
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  41. Court LE, D'Amico AV, Kadam D, Cormack R. Motion and shape change when using an endorectal balloon during prostate radiation therapy. Radiother Oncol. 2006 Nov; 81(2):184-9.
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  42. Court LE, Jahnke L, Chin D, Song J, Cormack R, Zygmanski P, Tishler RB, Chin L. Dynamic IMRT treatments of sinus region tumors: comparison of Monte Carlo calculations with treatment planning system calculations and ion chamber measurements. Technol Cancer Res Treat. 2006 Oct; 5(5):489-95.
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  43. Viswanathan AN, Cormack R, Holloway CL, Tanaka C, O'Farrell D, Devlin PM, Tempany C. Magnetic resonance-guided interstitial therapy for vaginal recurrence of endometrial cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2006 Sep 1; 66(1):91-9.
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  44. Xiong L, Viswanathan A, Stewart AJ, Haker S, Tempany CM, Chin LM, Cormack RA. Deformable structure registration of bladder through surface mapping. Med Phys. 2006 Jun; 33(6):1848-56.
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  45. Court LE, Tishler RB, Petit J, Cormack R, Chin L. Automatic online adaptive radiation therapy techniques for targets with significant shape change: a feasibility study. Phys Med Biol. 2006 May 21; 51(10):2493-501.
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  46. Landis DM, Schultz D, Cormack R, Tempany C, Beard C, Hurwitz M, O'Leary M, Albert M, Valentine K, D'Amico AV. Acute urinary retention after magnetic resonance image-guided prostate brachytherapy with and without neoadjuvant external beam radiotherapy. Urology. 2005 Apr; 65(4):750-4.
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  47. Song JS, Albert M, D'Amico AV, Cormack RA. A comparative study of rectal dose histograms in prostate brachytherapy: some analytic and numerical results. Med Phys. 2005 Feb; 32(2):437-47.
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  48. Stewart AJ, O'Farrell DA, Bellon JR, Hansen JL, Duggan C, Czerminska MA, Cormack RA, Devlin PM. CT computer-optimized high-dose-rate brachytherapy with surface applicator technique for scar boost radiation after breast reconstruction surgery. Brachytherapy. 2005; 4(3):224-9.
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  49. Sanghani MV, Ching J, Schultz D, Cormack R, Loffredo M, McMahon E, Beard C, D'Amico AV. Impact on rectal dose from the use of a prostate immobilization and rectal localization device for patients receiving dose escalated 3D conformal radiation therapy. Urol Oncol. 2004 May-Jun; 22(3):165-8.
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  50. Iftimia I, Devlin PM, Martin AG, Shakur R, Almonacid A, Kazakin J, Chin LM, Cormack RA. Dosimetric consequences of manual pullback procedure for coronary artery radiotherapy with 90Sr/90Y beta-source. Brachytherapy. 2004; 3(4):215-21.
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  51. D'amico AV, Tempany CM, Schultz D, Cormack RA, Hurwitz M, Beard C, Albert M, Kooy H, Jolesz F, Richie JP. Comparing PSA outcome after radical prostatectomy or magnetic resonance imaging-guided partial prostatic irradiation in select patients with clinically localized adenocarcinoma of the prostate. Urology. 2003 Dec; 62(6):1063-7.
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  52. Albert M, Tempany CM, Schultz D, Chen MH, Cormack RA, Kumar S, Hurwitz MD, Beard C, Tuncali K, O'Leary M, Topulos GP, Valentine K, Lopes L, Kanan A, Kacher D, Rosato J, Kooy H, Jolesz F, Carr-Locke DL, Richie JP, D'Amico AV. Late genitourinary and gastrointestinal toxicity after magnetic resonance image-guided prostate brachytherapy with or without neoadjuvant external beam radiation therapy. Cancer. 2003 Sep 1; 98(5):949-54.
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  53. Iftimia I, Devlin PM, Chin LM, Baron JM, Cormack RA. GAF film dosimetry of a tandem positioned beta-emitting intravascular brachytherapy source train. Med Phys. 2003 Jun; 30(6):1004-12.
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  54. D'Amico AV, Toupless G, Lopes L, Valentine KJ, Cormack RA, Tempany CM, Kumar S, Marks PJ. Self-administration of untested medical therapy for treatment of prostate cancer can lead to clinically significant adverse events. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2002 Dec 1; 54(5):1311-3.
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  55. Das P, Chen MH, Valentine K, Lopes L, Cormack RA, Renshaw AA, Tempany CM, Kumar S, D'Amico AV. Using the magnitude of PSA bounce after MRI-guided prostate brachytherapy to distinguish recurrence, benign precipitating factors, and idiopathic bounce. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2002 Nov 1; 54(3):698-702.
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  56. Hirose M, Bharatha A, Hata N, Zou KH, Warfield SK, Cormack RA, D'Amico A, Kikinis R, Jolesz FA, Tempany CM. Quantitative MR imaging assessment of prostate gland deformation before and during MR imaging-guided brachytherapy. Acad Radiol. 2002 Aug; 9(8):906-12.
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  57. Bharatha A, Hirose M, Hata N, Warfield SK, Ferrant M, Zou KH, Suarez-Santana E, Ruiz-Alzola J, D'Amico A, Cormack RA, Kikinis R, Jolesz FA, Tempany CM. Evaluation of three-dimensional finite element-based deformable registration of pre- and intraoperative prostate imaging. Med Phys. 2001 Dec; 28(12):2551-60.
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  58. D'Amico AV, Manola J, Loffredo M, Lopes L, Nissen K, O'Farrell DA, Gordon L, Tempany CM, Cormack RA. A practical method to achieve prostate gland immobilization and target verification for daily treatment. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2001 Dec 1; 51(5):1431-6.
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  59. Nag S, Ciezki JP, Cormack R, Doggett S, DeWyngaert K, Edmundson GK, Stock RG, Stone NN, Yu Y, Zelefsky MJ. Intraoperative planning and evaluation of permanent prostate brachytherapy: report of the American Brachytherapy Society. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2001 Dec 1; 51(5):1422-30.
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  60. D'Amico AV, Cormack RA, Tempany CM. MRI-guided diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. N Engl J Med. 2001 Mar 8; 344(10):776-7.
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  61. Cormack RA, Tempany CM, D'Amico AV. Optimizing target coverage by dosimetric feedback during prostate brachytherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2000 Nov 1; 48(4):1245-9.
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  62. Cormack RA, D'Amico AV, Hata N, Silverman S, Weinstein M, Tempany CM. Feasibility of transperineal prostate biopsy under interventional magnetic resonance guidance. Urology. 2000 Oct 1; 56(4):663-4.
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  63. D'Amico AV, Tempany CM, Cormack R, Hata N, Jinzaki M, Tuncali K, Weinstein M, Richie JP. Transperineal magnetic resonance image guided prostate biopsy. J Urol. 2000 Aug; 164(2):385-7.
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  64. Thomas MD, Cormack R, Tempany CM, Kumar S, Manola J, Schneider L, Hurwitz MD, D'Amico AV. Identifying the predictors of acute urinary retention following magnetic-resonance-guided prostate brachytherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2000 Jul 1; 47(4):905-8.
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  65. Hurwitz MD, Cormack R, Tempany CM, Kumar S, D'Amico AV. Three-dimensional real-time magnetic resonance-guided interstitial prostate brachytherapy optimizes radiation dose distribution resulting in a favorable acute side effect profile in patients with clinically localized prostate cancer. Tech Urol. 2000 Jun; 6(2):89-94.
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  66. D'Amico A, Cormack R, Kumar S, Tempany CM. Real-time magnetic resonance imaging-guided brachytherapy in the treatment of selected patients with clinically localized prostate cancer. J Endourol. 2000 May; 14(4):367-70.
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  67. Kooy HM, Cormack RA, Mathiowitz G, Tempany C, D'Amico AV. A software system for interventional magnetic resonance image-guided prostate brachytherapy. Comput Aided Surg. 2000; 5(6):401-13.
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  68. Cormack RA, Kooy H, Tempany CM, D'Amico AV. A clinical method for real-time dosimetric guidance of transperineal 125I prostate implants using interventional magnetic resonance imaging. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2000 Jan 1; 46(1):207-14.
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  69. D'Amico AV, Cormack R, Tempany CM, Kumar S, Topulos G, Kooy HM, Coleman CN. Real-time magnetic resonance image-guided interstitial brachytherapy in the treatment of select patients with clinically localized prostate cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 1998 Oct 1; 42(3):507-15.
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  70. Cormack RA, Kooy HM, Bellerive MR, Loeffler JS, Petersen RA, Tarbell NJ. A stereotactic radiation therapy device for retinoblastoma using a noncircular collimator and intensity filter. Med Phys. 1998 Aug; 25(8):1438-42.
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  71. Cormack RA. Beam profiles for x-ray rotation therapy. Med Phys. 1998 Jun; 25(6):879-84.
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  72. Cormack AM, Cormack RA. A problem in rotation therapy with X-rays: dose distributions with an axis of symmetry. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 1987 Dec; 13(12):1921-5.
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