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Group Fellowship Training for Quality Assurance and Quality Control in Radiotherapy

18 February - 1 March 2013


PROSPECTUS

Organizers

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in collaboration with the Government of USA through Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Argonne, IL

Host Country Organizer

Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Argonne, IL.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Cancer is a leading cause of death globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 7.6 million people died of cancer in 2005, and that 70% of the global cancer death toll is carried by low and middle income countries. Global incidence is expected to rise from 11 million new cases in 2005 to 16 million in 2020. Radiotherapy is an important component of treatment for over 50% of cancer patients in high income countries, and the need for radiotherapy is even greater in low and middle income countries, where patients present with cancer in advanced stages. Radiotherapy equipment alone, however, cannot answer the increasing need for treating growing numbers of cancer patients. To achieve maximum impact, the transfer of radiotherapy technology must be a part of a broader cancer control strategy that includes prevention, early detection, earlier diagnosis of the common cancers and access to treatment and palliation.

To respond to the urgent need for action, in 2004 the IAEA created the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT), designed to strengthen the links between technology transfer for radiotherapy and national capacity building in cancer prevention and control. It addresses challenges such as infrastructure gaps and, through partnerships, builds capacity and long term support for continuous education and training of cancer care professionals, as well as for community-based civil society action to combat cancer.

Medical physicists play an important role in the safe and effective delivery of treatments in radiation oncology. In radiotherapy, the delivery of treatments is getting increasingly sophisticated. Consequently, quality assurance of physical and technical aspects in radiotherapy is essential. This training course will offer the participants a comprehensive view of the principles of radiation physics applied to radiation oncology. The physical and technical aspects of radiotherapy will be discussed as well as the principles of quality assurance in the delivery of a radiotherapy treatment. Starting with the identification of the various components of the radiotherapy process and a short summary of the basic physics concepts the course will then cover dosimetric systems, standards, physics and clinical dosimetry in teletherapy and brachytherapy, imaging, and radiation biology. Some of the modern technologies such as conformal radiotherapy, IMRT, gating, HDR will be addressed specifically. Whenever possible the subjects will be covered from the point of view of the assurance of the quality in the delivery to oncological patients. Some attention will be devoted to accident prevention and defensive strategies and the role of radiation protection.

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE

The purpose of the course is to offer the participants a comprehensive view of the principles of radiation physics applied to radiation oncology. The course will provide the physical and technical aspects of radiotherapy as well as the principles of quality assurance in the delivery of a radiotherapy treatment, which are to be applied no matter which technology is used. The course will furthermore sensitize participants as to the role they are playing within the larger picture of cancer care delivery and as to the need to optimize limited country resources through careful planning at the national level in line with objectives pursued by IAEA's PACT programme.

PARTICIPANTS' QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Medical physicists working in radiotherapy departments on a regular basis. The candidates should be university graduates in physics or engineering with at least 2 years experience in a radiotherapy department. Preference will be given to candidates who will be involved in commissioning of radiotherapy equipment in the next 2 years.

NATURE OF THE COURSE

The various topics in the course will be covered by multiple specialists in the field. Opportunities for discussion, questions and answers will be provided. Practical exercises for two days will be performed at several laboratories dealing with the calibration of orthovoltage, cobalt, photon and electron beams using the IAEA TRS 398 Protocol. On the last day a written test will be given to the participants and an evaluation of the course will be conducted.

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Course Materials

Aguirre
Objectives.pdf
Accidents involving radiation.pdf
The radiotherapy process.pdf
Antolak
0-Physical Principles and Dosimetry of Electron Therapy.pdf
1-Electron Dosimetry Physics Principles.pdf
2-Electron Dosimetry in Water.pdf
3-Electron Dosimetry in Patient Heterogeneity.pdf
4-Electron Dosimetry Treat Plan Principles.pdf
5-Electron Energy Determination.pdf
IAEAPhysReviewHO-Electrons.pdf
Balter
FLAAPM OBI overview and QA.pdf
IMIGSBRT2011.pdf
SBRT Lung for RAMPS.pdf
Ezzell
IAEA 2008.pdf
Conformal Radiation Therapy and IMRT.pdf
Followill
Introduction to Rad Biology.pdf
QA Principles.pdf
Orthovoltage calibration.pdf
Hanson
ANL basic concepts 1 13.pdf
Charged Particle Interactions 1 13 student.pdf
Faculty 13.pdf
Photon Interactions 1 13.pdf
Need for QA 9 12.pdf
Production of x-rays 1 13.pdf
Radioactivity 1 13.pdf
Huq
Cavity theory.pdf
TRS277.pdf
TRS398_Electrons.pdf
TRS398_Photons.pdf
Ibbott
Acceptance Testing.pdf
Commissioning.pdf
Dosimeters 1D-3D.pdf
Kudchadker
Radiation Protection.pdf
Mutic
Safety Initiatives in RT.pdf
Salehpour
Photons 1 Fund Quant(MRS).pdf
Photons 2 MU Calcs(MRS).pdf
Treatment Planning I (MRS).pdf
Treatment Planning II (MRS).pdf
Thomadsen
01-IntroductiontoBrachytherpy2013Handout.pdf
02-DoseRateConsiderations2013Handout.pdf
03-IntroductionToHDR2013Handout.pdf
04-ElectronicBrachy2013Handout.pdf
05-Dosimetry2013Handout.pdf
06-BrachyDosimetryMeasurements2013Handout.pdf
07-ImagingInBrachytherapy2011Handout.pdf
08-CxBrachy2013Handout.pdf
09-Interstitial2013Handout.pdf
10-Optimization2013Handout.pdf
11-BrachyTxPlanEvaluation2013Handout.pdf
Van Dyk
01_JVD_Imaging_ICRU.pdf
02_JVD_TSEI.pdf
03_JVD_TBI.pdf
04_JVD_IAEA_Reports.pdf
IAEA Publications
Clinical Training of Medical Physicists Specializing in Radiation Oncology.pdf
Commissioning of Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Systems.pdf
Comprehensive Audits of Radiotherapy Practices - A Tool for Quality Improvement.pdf
IAEA Syllabus for the Education and Training of Radiation Oncologists.pdf
Implementation of Microsource High Dose Rate Brachytherapy in Developing Countries.pdf
On-site Visits to Radiotherapy Centres - Medical Physics Procedures.pdf
P1084_Report LESSONS LEARNED FROM ACCIDENTAL EXPOSURES.pdf
P1196_Handbook RADIATION ONCOLOGY PHYSICS.pdf
P1296_Setting Up a Radiotherapy Programme.pdf
Radiation Biology - A Handbook for Teachers and Students.pdf
Setting Up a Radiotherapy Programme - Clinical, Medical Physics, Radiation Protection.pdf
Specification and Acceptance Testing of Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Systems.pdf
Transition from 2-D Radiotherapy to 3-D Conformal and Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy.pdf
TRS No 398 - Absorbed Dose Determination in External Beam Radiotherapy.pdf
TRS No 430 - Commissioning and Quality Assurance of Computerized Planning Systems.pdf
Radiation Oncology Physics Handbook
Chapter_01_Basics_radiation_physics.pdf
Chapter_02_Dosimetric_principles.pdf
Chapter_03_Radiation_dosimeters.pdf
Chapter_04_Radiation_monitoring_instruments.pdf
Chapter_05_Teletherapy_machines.pdf
Chapter_06_Photon_beams.pdf
Chapter_07_Treatment_planning.pdf
Chapter_08_Electron_beams.pdf
Chapter_09_Calibration_of_radiotherapy_beams.pdf
Chapter_10_Acceptance_testing_and_commissioning.pdf
Chapter_11_Computerized_treatment_planning_systems.pdf
Chapter_12_QA_in_radiotherapy.pdf
Chapter_13_Brachytherapy.pdf
Chapter_14_Basic_Radiobiology.pdf
Chapter_15_Special_techniques.ppt.pdf
Chapter_16_Radiation_protection_and_safety.pdf
Safety Report Series
Applying Radiation Safety Standards in Radiotherapy.pdf
International Basic Safety Standards for Protection against Ionizing Radiation.pdf
Training in Radiation Protection and the Safe Use of Radiation Sources.pdf
Other References
Cavity Theory_Reference.pdf

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