AROI course in collaboration with ESTRO on advanced technologies

Varanasi, India

[ Image guidance ]
[ Adaptive radiotherapy ]

The course is aimed at radiation oncologists, radiation physicists and radiation therapists (RTTs) who wish to participate in advanced technologies such as IMRT, IGRT and Adaptive Radiotherapy (ART) in their department. Some experience in the field of conformal therapy, target delineation and treatment planning is a prerequisite. Making advanced technologies work is a team effort therefore simultaneous participation of the above-mentioned three disciplines from one team is strongly recommended.

Course director

  • Coen Rasch, Radiation Oncologist, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam (NL)

‚ÄčFaculty

  • Ben Heijmen, Medical Physicist, Erasmus MC-Cancer Institute, Rotterdam, (NL)
  • Andrew Hope, Radiation Oncologist, Princess Margeret Hospital, Toronto (CA)

The aim of the course is to provide: 

  • Understanding of the principles and background of IMRT, IGRT and ART 
  • Knowledge on the impact of various geometrical uncertainties and where they can be minimised 
  • Knowledge of QA of IMRT, IGRT and ART 
  • An overview of available techniques, being able to choose between techniques and knowledge of their limitations 
  • Planar and 3D in room imaging 
  • Workflow and efficiency at the department for implementation of IMRT, IGRT and ART 
  • Clinical rationale, limitations and evidence for advanced technologies  
  • Knowledge of inverse treatment planning optimisation, biological optimisation and dose painting.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course participants should be able to: 

  • Implement IMRT, IGRT and ART in their own clinic 
  • Tailor IMRT, IGRT and ART to their specific home situation.

Course content

  • Panel and participants discussion: IMRT and IGRT, the case for and against 
  • Dose volume constraints 
  • Methods of optimisation 
  • Dosimetry of IMRT 
  • Imaging and target delineation 
  • Geometrical uncertainties 
  • Planar and volumetric imaging 
  • Image registration 
  • Setup correction strategies 
  • Clinical sessions on thorax, pelvic and head and neck cancer covering the interaction of physics and clinic 
  • Workflow in the clinic including “how they do that” tips

Prerequisites

The course is aimed at radiation oncologists, radiation physicists and radiation therapists (RTTs) who wish to participate in advanced technologies such as IMRT, IGRT and Adaptive Radiotherapy (ART) in their department. Some experience in the field of conformal therapy, target delineation and treatment planning is a prerequisite. Making advanced technologies work is a team effort therefore simultaneous participation of the above-mentioned three disciplines from one team is strongly recommended.

Teaching methods

•  26 hours of lectures 

Methods of assessment

Evaluation form

Programme

Available soon

Key words

Image guidance (IGRT) 
Adaptive radiotherapy (ART)

Further reading/Web resources

Please consult the ESTRO website page of this course for further information.

Accreditation

Application for CME recognition will be submitted to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). EACCME credits are recognised by the American Medical Association towards the Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA). Information on the status of the applications can be obtained from the ESTRO office.

Venue

Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University
Aurobindo Colony, Banaras Hindu University Campus 
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221005 
India

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