16-20 September, 2014
Budapest, Hungary


Course Director
Michelle Leech, Associate Professor, TCD Discipline of Radiation Therapy, Dublin (IE)

Steve Buckney, Senior Dosimetrist, St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network, Dublin (IE)
Charles Gillham, Radiation Oncologist, St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network Dublin (IE)
Martijn Kamphuis, RTT, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam (NL)
Paul Kelly, Radiation Oncologist, Cork University Hospital (IE)
Brian Kristensen, Physicist, Herlev University (DK)
Danilo Pasini, RTT, Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli, Rome (IT)
David Sjöström, Physicist, Herlev University (DK)

Local Organiser
Scilla Pesznyak, Physicist, National Institute of Oncology



TP Systems

Eclipse, Pinnacle 3, Monaco, OnCentra External Beam, XiO, RayStation


The course consists of didactic lectures, interactive sessions and practical treatment planning sessions. Introductory lectures will be given on specified sites and participants
will then discuss, plan and review practical clinical scenarios. On the designated sites participants will delineate organs at risk and subsequently complete a range of 3D plans for
presentation and discussion. This will facilitate a greater depth of understanding of both the  planning and evaluation processes. Participants will be asked to provide details of clinical
organ at risk delineation and treatment planning solutions from their individual departments as part of the interactive approach.

  • To provide education in organ at risk delineation and treatment planning, for designated sites, as an integral part of the pre-treatment preparation of patients.
  • To learn the basic computer planning methodology, as well as the principles of organ at risk delineation, verification and how to evaluate and improve treatment plans.
  • To give the participants the opportunity to gain practical experience of producing and evaluating treatment plans using a 3D computer planning system under the guidance of the faculty and through peer exchange.
  • To provide a forum for participants to gain and exchange knowledge on treatment planning practices and standards throughout the radiotherapy community.

Target group

The target audience for this course is radiation therapists (RTTs) with little or no experience of organ at risk delineation and 3D Conformal treatment planning. The course is also suitable for other radiation healthcare professionals (trainee radiation oncologists and trainee radiation physicists) who wish to improve their organ at risk delineation and basic treatment planning skills.

Educational Programme

  • Introduction to treatment planning process
  • Clinical overview of designated sites
  • Delineation for 3D conformal treatment planning
  • The process of treatment plan evaluation including the tools available
  • Imaging and verification in planning process
  • Practical laboratory planning sessions on designated clinical sites
  • Group feedback on plan evaluation and improvement as well

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the physical concepts underpinning 3D Conformal treatment planning
  • Delineate organs at risk for pelvic, head and neck and breast radiotherapy
  • Prepare, discuss and evaluate 3D Conformal treatment plans for pelvic, head and neck and thoracic radiotherapy.
  • Discuss verification strategies for prostate, head and neck and breast radiotherapy.