Online course

Imaging for physicists

The course will be taking place entirely ONLINE between 14 April – 19 May 2021.

Sessions on*:

14/04/2021        Wed   17:00 - 18:30  

21/04/2021        Wed   17:00 - 18:30

28/04/2021        Wed   17:00 - 18:30 

05/05/2021        Wed   17:00 - 18:30

06/05/2021        Thu    14:00 - 15:30

12/05/2021        Wed   17:00 - 18:30

19/05/2021        Thu    14:00 - 18:30

*The Live Webinars are scheduled in CEST zone. 

The course is aimed at trainees in radiotherapy physics, researchers and also more experienced radiotherapy physicists with an interest in the application of advanced imaging techniques in their radiotherapy practice.

Course director

  • Rob Tijssen, Physicist, Catharina Hospital Eindhoven (NL) 


  • Eirik Malinen, Physicist, University of Oslo, Oslo (NO)  
  • Cynthia Ménard, Radiation Oncologist, Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto (CA) 
  • Tufve Nyholm, Physicist, Umeå University, Umeå (SE) 
  • Christian Richter, Physicist, OncoRay - National Center for Radiation Research in Oncology, Dresden (DE) 
  • Cihan Gani, Radiation Oncologist, University Hospital Tübingen, Tübingen (DE)
  • Lars E Olsson, Physicist, Lund University (SE)


The course aims to:

  • Improve the understanding of the physics principles of MRI, PET and CT 
  • Explore the applications of these imaging modalities in clinical practice

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand the basic concepts of MRI, PET, and CT physics 
  • Understand the key challenges and solutions unique to the application of MRI, PET and advanced CT in radiotherapy 
  • Understand the potential and challenges of biological imaging methods in radiotherapy treatment planning and follow-up

Course Content

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Basic principles
    • MRI acquisition and reconstruction
    • PET acquisition and reconstruction
    • CT acquisition and reconstruction
  • Imaging in radiotherapy
    • MRI for radiotherapy planning / in-room
    • CT for radiotherapy planning / in-room
    • Recommendations for the use of PET in RT
  • Advanced imaging
    • Fast MRI, functional MRI
    • PET tracers other than FDG
    • Dual energy CT
  • Clinical impact of imaging in radiotherapy
    • What are the real success stories in image-guided RT?
    • MRI & PET: Where are we going?
    • Treating with the MR-linac
    • Tumor board
  • Case assignments, Q&A sessions


Before commencing this course, participants should have a basic knowledge of radiotherapy physics.

Methods of Assessment

  • MCQ  
  • Evaluation form 
  • Case assignments 
  • Quiz


The scientific programme is available here

Key Words

  • MRI

  • PET

  • CT


Application for CDP credit has been submitted to the European Board for Accreditation in Medical Physics (EBAMP). Information on the status of the application can be obtained from the ESTRO office.


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 2021 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.



Standard Rate

Desk Rate

ESTRO members working in countries with a less competitive economic background*/ In-training members**

 350 EUR

 600 EUR


 400 EUR 

 600 EUR

Non Members

 500 EUR

 600 EUR

*  All specialties: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia,, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine

RTTs and physicists only: Cyprus  

RTTs only: Italy 

To apply for the above rate, please contact at least 2 weeks before the start of the course. Thereafter, the desk rate will be applied.

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

The standard rate is applied up to 2 weeks before the starting date of the course.

Desk rates are applied 2 weeks before the starting date of the course.


Advance registration & payment are required.              

Registration will close on the date published on the front page of the course.


A registration to the online workshop may be cancelled without any fees before pre-online course material is sent out. Pre-online course material is sent out a few days before the first workshop lesson. After the pre-online course material is sent out, no refund of the  registration fee is possible.

Fee for ESTRO members working in countries with a less competitive economic background:

ESTRO members working in countries with a less competitive economic background can benefit from the above fees if three conditions are met:

  1. Only ESTRO members for 2021 are eligible (please make sure your 2021 membership is in order before you apply for the reduced fees
  2. Sponsored candidates are not entitled to these fees (the invoicing address has to be the one of the participant)  
  3. Your application is submitted 2 weeks before the course start date

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