Type: Interdisciplinary pre-meeting course
Name: IOeRT - Intra Operative electron Radiation Therapy
Date: Friday 27 August 2021
Course directors: F. Calvo (ES), P. Poortmans (BE)

Course aim

  • Demonstrate the potential in terms of indications and clinical outcomes of IOeRT in multiple cancer sites and histological subtypes
  • Share evidence based on available mature consolidated results
  • Provide a practical overview of the latest ESTRO-IORT task Force / Guidelines
  • Update contemporary IOeRT methodology, including illustration of available technology, tools and required infrastructure
  • Highlight the role of medical physics and the RTT in commissioning, treatment preparation, treatment planning and imaging
  • Display the multidisciplinary interaction between radiation and surgical oncologists

Learning objectives
At the end of the course, attendants will be able to:

  • Identify patients with clinical scenarios that are indications for IOeRT
  • Identify the appropriate specifications of the required infrastructure and tools
  • Understand and apply the multi-disciplinarity and -professionality required for proper organisation of IOeRT in a hospital environment
  • Apply the step-by-step set-up of the components of the procedures involved: 1. Patient selection;2. Instrumental display; 3. Physics and imaging; 4. Operating room manoeuvres; 5. Per-operative target volume definition and identification; 6. Dose prescription and treatment delivery; 7. Documentation, clinical reporting; 8. Postoperative care; 9. Follow up requirements

Who should attend?
The course is primarily aimed at radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, medical physicists and radiation therapists. All others involved in the organisation of IOeRT will be challenged as well and benefit significantly from this course: oncology and surgical nurses, hospital managers, biomedical engineers, medical oncologists.


Type: Radiobiology pre-meeting course
Name: Radiobiology of novel irradiation modalities
Date: Friday 27 August 2021
Course directors: Y. Prezado (FR), M-C. Vozenin (CH)

Course aim
Enable participants to understand the multidisciplinary scientific aspects associated with discovery, exploration, validation, and translation of the benefits associated with distinct dose delivery methods, such as FLASH RT and spatially fractionated RT The course will provide the most recent information related to the biology of these novel irradiation modalities.

Learning objectives

  • To become familiar with the physics parameters used in FLASH-RT and SFRT
  •  To understand the physico-chemical events activated after FLASH-RT
  • To understand how the downstream biological cascade can be modified after tissue exposure to FLASH-RT and SFRT
  • To become familiar with the normal tissue and tumor response to SFRT and FLASH-RT.
  • To be able to develop a pre-clinical research program focused on FLASH-RT and/or SFRT from beams validation to identification of the relevant scientific questions
  • To raise awareness concerning the challenging dosimetry in these modalities

Who should attend?

  • Medical physicists and radiation oncologists interested in learning about new RT modalities
  • Radiation and particle physicists as well as engineer wanting to optimize technology
  • Radiation chemist wanting to explore possible new applications in physico-chemistry
  • Radiation biologists seeking information on how to choose the best model and identify the relevant questions

Multidisciplinary teams are also welcome.

Type: Clinical pre-meeting course
Name: Artificial intelligence for clinicians
Date: Friday 27 August 2021
Course directors: M. Dahele (NL), E. Sterpin (BE)

Course aim
Artificial intelligence (AI) is predicted to revolutionize many sectors, including healthcare. The aim of this one-day course is to provide a state-of-the-art, critical, overview of (selected) AI-related developments in radiotherapy.

Learning objectives

  • Describe the fundamentals of AI-related software
  • Critically evaluate AI-based automatic clinical workflows
  • Discuss the potential of AI and Big data to influence the discovering of new clinical paradigms
  • Help those attending to identify how AI may present opportunities to advance their own research and clinical interests
  • Increase awareness of the social dimension of AI and automation, including how they might affect jobs

Who should attend?
AI is likely to touch the whole of radiotherapy, from specific tasks like segmentation and treatment planning, to workflows like adaptive radiotherapy, to treatment selection and patient outcomes. Therefore, in addition to physicists, we anticipate that it will also appeal to interested technologists and clinicians

Type: Physics pre-meeting course
Name: The evolving role of medical physicists in clinical trials
Date: Friday 27 August 2021
Course directors: M. Aznar (UK), D. Fuller (US)

Course aim
To review the life cycle of radiotherapy clinical trials and to encourage medical physicists to participate actively at all stages of clinical trial design, management and analysis.

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

  • Discuss and contribute to the different steps in the process of clinical trial design
  • Understand the basic elements of radiotherapy trial QA and be able to construct a basic QA programme for a radiotherapy trial
  • Conduct sample size calculations for simple randomised trial designs
  • Learn where and how to access data from completed clinical trials
  • Understand how physicists can contribute to current clinical trials (ongoing or in development) inside and outside your own institution.
  • Assess the directions of future medical physics research / development related to, e.g. QA and imaging Biomarkers

Who should attend?
This course is designed for medical physicists, but other specialties are welcome. Participants do NOT need to have experience with or work in an institution involved in clinical trials. Participants be given the basics to get started and discuss other ways to be involved, e.g. how to build projects based on publicly available data sources or contribute to national trials groups.

Type: RTT pre-meeting course
Name: Clinical implementation of surface guided radiotherapy (SGRT)
Date: Friday 27 August 2021
Course directors: P.Freislederer (DE), F. Moura (PT)

Course aim
The usage of surface guided radiation therapy (SRGT) has increased rapidly in clinics all over Europe and worldwide. This course aims to demonstrate essential knowledge of the SGRT in current clinical routine from patient positioning & monitoring, recommendations for workflows and QA routines. This course will provide participants a wide range of tools and strategies, for the implementation and management of SGRT systems, as well as the optimization of current protocols and its impact on daily practice.

Learning objectives

  •     Physical principles and system properties
  •     Basic and advanced QA methods
  •     Guidance for implementing SGRT systems
  •     Recommendations for workflows: treatment sites
  •     Tools and optimization methods
  •     Patient positioning and motion control: treatment sites
  •     SGRT for markerless and tattooless RT
  •     Gating and 4D techniques: Breathing control
  •     SGRT for SRS/SBRT

Who should attend?
Primarily RTTs & Physicists working or planning to work with any SGRT system. Physicians clinically involved with SGRT and other professionals with particular interest on this technology.