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Workshop on the Implementation of the International Code of Practice for the Dosimetry of Static Small Fields used in Radiotherapy

10 - 14 December 2015

Deadline for Nominations: 7 August 2015


The purpose of the course is to train clinical medical physicists in Member States on how to implement the new IAEA/American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) code of practice on small field dosimetry.

Expected Outputs

The course is an opportunity for medical physicists from Member States to obtain first-hand information on the dosimetry of small fields in radiotherapy. It will be beneficial to clinical medical physicists working in radiotherapy modalities using small fields such as stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT), stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).

Scope and Nature

This five-day course will consist of lectures, presentations, discussions and at the weekend the participants will perform practical sessions in the local radiotherapy centre.
    The topics to be covered include the following:
  • physics and challenges of small field megavolt photon beams;
  • description of the new IAEA/AAPM code of practice for the dosimetry of static small photon fields;
  • discussion of small field detectors;
  • absorbed dose to water standards for small fields;
  • machine-specific reference dosimetry;
  • output factors: definition, measurement and correction; and
  • relative dose measurements in small fields.