Target volume determination - From imaging to margins

02-05 June, 2019
Athens, Greece


The course is aimed at trainees in radiation oncology and radiotherapy physics with at least one year’s experience, diagnostic radiologists with an interest in cancer imaging and radiation therapists (RTTs) with special interest in contouring and treatment planning. However, any senior who would like to refresh part of her/his knowledge would benefit from this course.


Course director

Esther Troost, Radiation Oncologist , TU Dresden, Dresden (DE)

•    Stefan Delorme, Radiologist, German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ), Heidelberg (DE)
•    Maria Antoinetta Gambacorta, Radiation Oncologist, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome (IT)
•    Sarah Jefferies, Radiation Oncologist, Cambridge University Hospitals, Cambridge (UK)
•    Martina Kunze-Busch, Physicist, UMC St Radboud Nijmegen (NL)
•    Indira Madani, Radiation Oncologist, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich (CH)
•    Verena Plodeck, Radiologist, TU Dresden, Dresden (DE))
•    Peter Remeijer, Physicist, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (NL)
•    Marco Van Vulpen, Radiation Oncologist, HollandPTC, Delft (NL)
•    Pierfrancesco Franco, Radiation Oncologist, University of Turin (IT).


Local organiser
Vassilios Kouloulias, Radiation Oncologist, Attikon, University Hospital, Athens, (GR


This course aims to:

•  Make understandable the principles and limitations of different imaging modalities utilised for target volume definition (TVD) such as ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET)
•  Present the need for TVD and planning nomenclatures for primary tumour, nodal regions and organs-at-risk
•  Explain treatment techniques such as IMRT and VMAT, image guided radiotherapy (IGRT), and the concept of adaptive radiotherapy
•  Provide appreciation for the limitations of current imaging modalities for TVD and review “state-of-the-art” imaging modalities for TVD
•  Explore the use of functional and molecular imaging in TVD for biological targets and their use in radiotherapy
•  Review the diagnostic imaging and therapy interface for image registration, deformation and verification as well as margin determination.