Positioning and Immobilisation for Radiotherapy - 3 online sessions and 1 face-to face weekend

Brussels, Belgium

[ Early deadline: 25 June 2019 ]
[ Blended learning ]


The target audience for this course are RTTs who wish to further develop and improve their knowledge and practical skills in patient positioning and immobilisation for conventional and advanced radiotherapy techniques. The course is also of interest to those implementing a new immobilisation device or researching the performance of an existing device.  This course provides the theory and practical skills to effectively position and immobilise patients for a variety of different treatment delivery techniques


Course director

  • Laura Mullaney, Radiation Therapist, Trinity College, Dublin (IE)


  • Berardino de Bari, Radiation Oncologist, CHU Minjoz Jeans & Belfort-Montbéliard Hospital, Bensançon, (FR) 

  • Luca Boldrini, Radiation Oncologist, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome (IT) 

  • Mary Coffey, Radiation Therapist, Trinity College, Dublin (IE) 

  • Michelle Leech, Radiation Therapist, Trinity College, Dublin (IE) 

  • Lotte S. Fog, Medical Physicist, The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne (AU) 

  • Sharon Wong Mei Mei (SWMM), Radiation Therapist, National Cancer Centre Singapore, Singapore (SG) 

  • Todd Pawlicki, Medical Physicist, University of California San Diego, San Diego (USA)

Local organiser 

  • Aude Vaandering, Radiation Therapist, UCL Cliniques Univ. St. Luc, Brussels (BE)

The course aims to provide: 

  • Knowledge of the impact patient immobilisation and positioning has on the radiotherapy process and treatment outcomes 

  • Practical experience of constructing and using immobilisation devices for a range of disease site and treatment techniques 

  • A forum for participants to gain and exchange knowledge on patient immobilisation and positioning.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Discuss the need for accurate and precise patient immobilisation and positioning in radiotherapy 

  • Evaluate the impact of positioning and immobilisation on margins required for adequate dose delivery 

  • Construct and optimally use immobilisation devices for a range of anatomical sites 

  • Solve difficult cases where conventional immobilisation devices may not be appropriate.  

  • Compare and evaluate the efficacy of immobilisation devices/positions  

  • Evaluate positioning and immobilisation procedures in the context of radiotherapy risk management.

Course content

The course will cover the following topics: 

  • Basic principles of positioning and immobilisation 

  • Impact of positioning and immobilisation on target volume, OAR delineation and treatment planning 

  • Immobilising patients for a range of anatomical areas 

  • Positioning errors on margins 

  • Impact of positioning and immobilisation on: 

    • treatment verification 

    • clinical outcome 

  • Risk and positioning on immobilisation 

  • Case discussions

Course design

The course will take place over a 4 week period and will be delivered using a blended learning approach, i.e. a combination of recorded online seminars, live teleconferencing and face-to-face teaching: 

  • The theoretical components will be delivered using Moodle, the ESTRO Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where recorded seminars will be available for participants to join at a time that suits them 

  • Additionally, live teleconference tutorials will also take place to provide participants with the opportunity to discuss their learning to date with the teachers. 

  • The face-to-face component of the course will occur over a two-day period at the ESTO Office and the Department of Radiotherapy, UCL Cliniques Univ. St. Luc in Brussels.

For the updated calendars please consult the ESTRO website page of this course.

Teaching methods

  • 8 hours of online lectures and activities 

  • 1 day and a half of practical weekend with workshops

Methods of assessment

  • MCQ  

  • Evaluation form

Please find the report from last year's course here: Course-report-Positioning-and-immobilisation-for-radiotherapy


3 online sessions 26 September, 2 and 15 October 2019

Face-to-face practical session: 19- 20 October 2019

Please click HERE to read the draft working schedule

Please click HERE for the scentific programme

Key words

  • Positioning 
  • Immobilisation 
  • Margins 
  • Reproduciility 
  • Radiotherapy.

Further readings /  web resources

To be provided if available


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.


ESTRO Office 
Rue Martin V 40 
1200 Brussels - Belgium


The course will be held at the ESTRO office which is on metro line 1. We recommend you to look for accommodation in the city center with an easy access to metro line 1.


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 2019 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 2019 are eligible (please make sure your 2019 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 


Many of our course participants are able to find full or partial funding from sources available locally. 

For more please go to: GRANTS

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