[UPDATE] In-room MRI-guided RT

Amsterdam, The Netherlands


ESTRO is monitoring closely the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. Any updates regarding the specific format of this course ( live vs virtual) will be available shortly on this website.

We thank you for your understanding and we look forward to your participation!

The ESTRO School Team

[ Early deadline: 11 August 2020 ]

This new 4 days course is aimed at all professionals in the field of radiation therapy: radiation oncologists (ROs), medical physicists (MP) and radiation therapists (RTTs). In order to encourage teamwork, participation of multidisciplinary teams belonging to the same institute is encouraged, but not mandatory.

The course is intended for participants who are either directly involved in a clinical MR-guided RT project, or who want to update their knowledge on this topic.

Course Directors

  • Uulke van der Heide, Medical Physicist, The Netherlands Cancer Institute - Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (NL)
  • Luca Boldrini, Radiation Oncologist Fondazione Policlinico Universitario “A. Gemelli” IRCCS, Rome (IT)


  • Vincenzo Valentini, Radiation Oncologist, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario “A. Gemelli” IRCCS, Rome (IT)
  • Cihan Gani, Radiation Oncologist, University Hospital Tuebingen, Tuebingen (DE)
  • Olga Green, Medical Physicist, Washington University School of Medicine St Louis, MO (USA)
  • Sebastian Klűter, Medical Physicist, University Hospital Heidelberg, Heidelberg (DE)
  • Faisal Mahmood, Medical Physicist, Odense University Hospital ,Odense (DK)
  • Helen McNair, Lead Research Radiographer, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Sutton (UK)
  • Stella Mook, Radiation Oncologist, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)

Local Organiser

Ben Slotman, Radiation Oncologist, Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam (NL)





The recent technological development in Image Guided Radiotherapy has led to the introduction of new hybrid machines linking an MRI scanner to a linear accelerator. The possibility to have high soft tissue contrast with no extra dose to the patient and live imaging to gate the treatment delivery open new frontiers in the world of adaptive radiotherapy. The complexity of this new discipline requires advanced skills in the fields of physics and radiotherapy.

In this interdisciplinary course, we aim to:

- Provide a detailed overview of the clinical rationale and indications of in-room MRI-guided RT;

- Deepen the knowledge of the clinical, physical and technical aspects of MRI-guided RT

implementation in clinical practice;

- Share opportunities and challenges of the MRI-guided radiotherapy sytems in different clinical scenarios.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand the technology underlying the hybrid MR Linac system, discussing the differences between high and low magnetic field machines
  • Appreciate the clinical rationale of in room MRI-guided RT and its possible applications in the frame of modern IGRT
  • Understand the clinical workflow of an in-room MRI-guided RT treatment and the role of all the involved professionals
  • Become familiar with the most innovative online adaptive radiotherapy approaches
  • Identify the most appropriate patients positioning solutions
  • Appreciate the different planning strategies of MRI-guided RT
  • Become familiar with patients selection criteria and MRI safety issues.

Course Content

The course is structured in common lectures, break-out sessions per discipline and multidisciplinary workshops. During the first and last course day all participants will attend the same program, where the main aspects of common interest will be addressed.

During the mornings of the second and third day, focused lectures will be separately provided for ROs, MPs and RTTs. In the afternoon of the same days all participants will attend multidisciplinary workshops where clinical cases treated by in-room MRI-guided RT radiotherapy will be discussed.


Defined for each of the disciplines, basic knowledge of radiation oncology, radiation physics and magnetic resonance imaging are prerequisites.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, workshops and discussions

Methods of Assessment


• Evaluation form




Comiing soon

Further Reading

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


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.




Sunday 8 November

Netherlands Cancer Institute – Antoni van Leeuwenhoek
Piet Borst Auditorium

Plesmanlaan 121
1066 CX Amsterdam
The Netherlands


Monday 9 to Wednesday 11 November

Hotel Casa Amsterdam

Eerste Ringdijkstraat 4

1097 BC Amsterdam

The Netherlands



Participants can book rooms at the Hotel Casa Amsterdam at a preferential rate.

To book a room, please click here. (https://www.mews.li/distributor/d44af5f4-74b2-4f61-9663-9135f28dda1d?mewsVoucherCode=ESTRO%20course)

The promotion code is: ESTRO course


ESTRO members can order products at substantially reduced prices. Please note that in order to benefit from the member price, you must renew your membership for 2020 before registering to the course.To benefit from these member rates, please visit the membership page to become a member or renew your membership BEFORE proceeding with your order.



Early rate

Late rate

In-training members*   450 EUR  625 EUR
Members   600 EUR   725 EUR
Non Members   750 EUR  850 EUR

* Members with specialty RadiationTherapist (RTT) may register at the In Training fee

Early rates are applied up to three months before the starting date of the course. 
Late rates are applied three months before the starting date of the course.

The fee includes the course material, coffees, lunches, and the social event.

Advance registration & payment are required.

On-site registration will not be available.

Since the number of participants is limited, late registrants are advised to contact the ESTRO office before payment, to inquire about availability of places. Access to homework and/or course material will become available upon receipt of full payment.

Insurance and cancellation

The organiser does not accept liability for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants are strongly advised to take out their own personal insurance policies.   

In case an unforeseen event would force ESTRO to cancel the meeting, the Society will reimburse the participants fully the registration fees. ESTRO will not be responsible for the refund of travel and accommodation costs.

In case of cancellation, full refund of the registration fee minus 15% for administrative costs may be obtained up to three months before the course and 50% of the fee up to one month before the course. No refund will be made if the cancellation request is postmarked less than one month before the start of the course.

Reduced fees

ESTRO members from economically challenged countries may register at a preferential rate of 350 Euro if three conditions are met:

  1. Only ESTRO members for 2020 are eligible (please make sure your 2020 membership is in order before you apply for the reduced fees)
  2. Only one course per person per year can be subsidized by ESTRO
  3. Sponsored candidates are not entitled to reduced fees (the invoicing address has to be the one of the participant)  

Please note: 

  • We can only guarantee a certain number of reduced fees per course
  • Application deadlines are the same as early registration fees (3 months before the course date

List of Economically challenged countries and eligible courses