James Balter

James Balter, PhD

Professor
Director of Physics Division

Argus Building 1
519 W William St
Ann Arbor MI 48103

734-936-9486

Administrative Contact

Linda Hearing
734-936-8695

Biography

Dr. Balter has over 25 years of research experience in development and optimal use of novel imaging solutions to address Radiation Oncology problems. His research has focused on a few specific areas:

  • Dynamic human modeling
  • Optimizing integration of MRI in Radiation Oncology, including development of synthetic CT models of patients to support MRI-only Radiation Therapy Simulation and investigations of sparsity for biological, morphological and motion modeling of humans from MR signals
  • Advancing precise Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT)
  • Studying the complexity of therapeutic decisions and the sparsity of information sufficient to justify decisions throughout the radiotherapy process
  • Improving and evaluating the impact of alignment uncertainty on radiation therapy and related decisions
  • Projection-to-volume modeling of pose, configuration, and movement

Dr. Balter participates as an active member of the Functional Imaging Group and has industrial collaborations with Siemens Healthineers. 

Areas of Interest

  • Dynamic Human Modeling
  • Imaging in Radiation Therapy
  • Optimizing use of MRI in Radiation Therapy
  • Stereotactic treatment, Image alignment and uncertainty

Clinical Interests

  • Sterotactic body radiation therapy
  • Image-guided radiation therapy

Honors & Awards

2009   Fellow, American Association of Physics in Medicine
7/1/1998-6/30/2001    Sydney Kimmel Scholars award

Credentials

  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1992
  • Diplomate: American Board of Medical Physics

Grants

  • P01CA056827 (PI, project 3: Balter), 05/01/2014-4/30/2019, National Institutes of Health: Imaging-Based Assessments of Response, Role: Principal Investigator, Project 3.
  • R01 EB016079, (PI: Balter),  4/1/2013-3/31/2017, National Institutes of Health: Optimizing MRI for radiation therapy treatment planning, RolePrincipal Investigator.

Published Articles via PubMed

Published Articles or Reviews

Selected from 113 publications

  • Balter JM, Raaymakers BW: Magnetic resonance in radiation therapy. Phys Med Biol 62(8): E1-E3, 2017. PM28306554
  • Liu L, Jolly S, Cao Y, Vineberg K, Fessler JA, Balter JM: Female pelvic synthetic CT generation based on joint intensity and shape analysis. Phys Med Biol 62(8): 2935-2949, 2017. PM28306550/PMC5495652
  • Johansson A, Balter J, Cao Y: Rigid-body motion correction of the liver in image reconstruction for goldenangle stack-of-stars DCE MRI. Magn Reson Med: 2017. PM28617993

Web Sites

Locations

1500 E Medical Center Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5010

734-936-4320