[POSTPONED UNTIL 2021] Positioning and Immobilisation for Radiation Therapy

Budapest, Hungary

3 online sessions as of October 2020

1 face-to face weekend on 28-29 November 2020, Budapest, Hungary

The target audience for this course are RTTs who wish to enhance and further their knowledge and practical skills in patient positioning and immobilisation for conventional and advanced radiation therapy 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)


  • Luca Boldrini, Radiation Oncologist, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome (IT)
  • Mary Coffey, Radiation Therapist, Trinity College, Dublin (IE)
  • Lotte S. Fog, Medical Physicist, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne (AU)
  • Michelle Leech, Radiation Therapist, Trinity College, Dublin (IE)
  • Sophie Perryck, RTT, University Hospital, Zurich, Zurich (CH)
  • Sharon Wong Mei Mei (SWMM), Radiation Therapist, National Cancer Centre Singapore, Singapore (SG)

Guest Online Lecturer

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

Local Organiser

Tibor Major, Physicist, National Institute of Oncology, Budapest


The course aims to provide:

  • Knowledge of the impact patient immobilisation and positioning has on the radiation therapy 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 radiation therapy
  • 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 radiation therapy risk management.

Course Content

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Fundamental principles of positioning and immobilisation
  • Impact of positioning and immobilisation on 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 6 weeks 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 the ESTRO 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 and peers.
  • The face-to-face component of the course will occur over a two-day period at the National Institute of Oncology, Budapest.

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

Teaching Methods

  • 6 hours of online lectures
  • 3 hours of online individual/group activities
  • 3 hours of live teleconference tutorials
  • 1 practical weekend with workshops

Methods of Assessment

  • MCQ
  • Evaluation form.


3 webinars:

Wednesday 14 October - 09:00-10:00 CET
Tuesday 3 November - 09:00-10:00 CET
Tuesday 2 November - 09:00-10:00 CET

Draft of the working schedule available HERE

Key Words

  • Positioning
  • Immobilisation
  • Margins
  • Reproduciility
  • Radiotherapy.

Further Reading

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.


National Institute of Oncology

Ráth György u. 7-9

1122 Budapest




Participants can book newly renovated IBIS rooms at preferential rates at:

Budapest, Krisztina krt. 41-43, 1013 Hungary

To book a room, please contact directly the hotel using the form HERE

The deadline for applications is 10th October 2020 and reservations will be confirmed by the hotel. Only a limited number of rooms is available and will be granted on a first come first served basis.


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*   400 EUR  575 EUR
Members   550 EUR   675 EUR
Non Members   700 EUR  800 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.