OVERVIEW

 

Medical physics research, GATE Monte Carlo simulations and treatment planning development for therapy with scanned particle beams

Chairs: H. Nyström, D. Georg, Loïc Grevillot, Hermann Fuchs, Uwe Pietrzyk

Short description of the workshop:

The increasing number of proton and ion beam centers in Europe offer numerous research and development opportunities. ESTRO has recently launched a proton therapy network in which two workpackages are physics driven and physics oriented, respectively. The aim of this workshop is to present these current activities and stimulate medical physics research in and beyond the existing topics. 

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Dosimetry Audit in Radiation Oncology – where to next?

Chairs: C. Clark, E. Gershkevitsh

Short description of the workshop:

This workshop will follow on from a smaller workshop which was held at the ESTRO office in January. This smaller workshop reviewed the current status of dosimetry audit and proposed a task force to take forward the work which ESTRO can do to support this field, however there was not sufficient time to survey and discuss the needs of the community for greater implementation and development of dosimetry audit.

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IN VIVO DOSIMETRY METHODS FOR EXTERNAL BEAM RADIOTHERAPY AND BRACHYTHERAPY

Chairs: K. Tanderup, F. Verhaegen 

Short description of the workshop:

The workshop will present and discuss the state of the art of in vivo dosimetry in external beam radiotherapy (photons, possibly electrons) and brachytherapy. We will involve leading scientists, young researchers, well established companies and startup companies.

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MICRO- AND NANODOSIMETRY FOR RADIOTHERAPY

Chairs: Brigitte Reniers, Hugo Palmans

Short description of the workshop:

Increased use of light-ion beam therapy, brachytherapy using low-energy emitters and radionuclide therapy have renewed and increased interest in micro- and nanodosimetry applied to RT. Long term experience in radioprotection, space and environment exists resulting in vast experience with detectors and modelling. Aim of this workshop is to bring these communities in better contact, to get the detector community interested in RT applications and to raise awareness within the RT community of the potential impact. Some initiatives have already moved in that direction (e.g. BioQuaRT, mediNET, etc.) The workshop aims to address this topic in a broad sense covering all applications in radiotherapy.

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AUTOMATE OR PERISH

Chairs: B. Heijmen and D. Verellen 

Short description of the workshop:

The workshop aims at joining professionals in the field of radiotherapy that are active or have a high interest in automation of different aspects in the radiotherapy workflow and patient care path. The idea is to provide a discussion platform on current initiatives and evaluate possibilities in combining these efforts into a standardized approach. In addition to technical issues and solutions, the workshop will also touch upon topics such as the tension field between automation, the future role of the medical physics expert and responsibilities.

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