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Training Course on the Selection, Acceptance, Commissioning and Maintenance of Equipment in Radiotherapy

18-29 May 2015


Purpose of the course

The main objective of this training course is to provide participants with knowledge of selection, acceptance, commissioning and maintenance of radiotherapy dosimetry equipment and radiotherapy treatment units, such as linear accelerators and brachytherapy equipment.

Expected Output(s)

The expected outputs are that the participants will gain knowledge on the selection, acceptance, commissioning and maintenance of radiotherapy dosimetry equipment and radiotherapy treatment units, such as linear accelerators and brachytherapy equipment. The participants will get copies of all the PowerPoint presentations used on the course.

Participants' qualifications and experience

Candidates should be clinically qualified medical physicists with at least 3 years working experience in a hospital and must participate in the specification, selection, acceptance, and commissioning of radiotherapy dosimetry equipment and treatment units, such as linear accelerators and brachytherapy equipment. The candidate should also be involved in routine quality assurance measurements on the radiotherapy units and radiothempy physics dosimetric equipment. Nominees should be acquainted with the process of acquiring relative beam data measurements using an automatic water phantom.

As the training course will be conducted in English, participants should have sufficient proficiency to follow lectures and express themselves in this language without difficulty.

Nature of the course

The course will consist of lectures, presentations, discussion and at the weekend the participants will do practical sessions in the local radiotherapy center. This training Course, planned for two weeks, is intended to provide a knowledge of selection, acceptance, commissioning and maintenance of radiotherapy dosimetry equipment and radiotherapy treatment units, such as linear accelerators and brachytherapy equipment.

The training course consists of lectures, discussions and practical sessions that will be held at the weekend at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas.

Background Information

Linear accelerators and brachytherapy afterloaders are used to treat cancer. These are complicated machines so before they can be used clinically they must be accepted and commissioned by the medical physicist in the clinic. This course will provide the medical physicist with the required knowledge to perform these tasks.