Period (from – till): 4 February - 19 April 2019
Course coordinator: Dr. B. van Asselen
Dr C.P.J. Raaijmakers, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr B. van Asselen, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr. M.A. Moerland, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr.Ir. J.W.H. Wolthaus, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr. J.C.J. de Boer, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr. E. Seravalli, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr. S.L. Hackett, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr. G.H. Bol, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
J.G.M. Kok, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Renée Allebrandi, MA (course registration)
This course covers practical and theoretical aspects on medical physics in the field of radiotherapy.
First the basic radiation physics will be discussed: e.g.
production of radiation, radioactive decay, characteristics of ionizing radiation, interaction with matter and measurement of absorbed dose.
The next part covers the essentials of dose calculation using various algorithms and dose optimization such as Intensity modulated therapy (IMRT) and volumetric arc therapy (VMAT).
Third topic is image guided radiotherapy (IGRT): e.g. inter- and intrafraction motion, position verification devices (electronic portal imaging device, cone-beam CT and MRI), real time imaging and various methods to deal with motion.
Finally topics in the field of MRI guided treatment will be discussed: e.g. dose delivery in magnetic fields, MRI linac design, workflow and plan adaptation.
- Written exam: 80%; attendance to the practical work is obligatory to qualify for examination
- Oral presentation and discussion: 20%
The weights indicated above are applied to calculate the final mark. To pass the course the grade for each component must be a 5.0 or higher and the final mark must be an unrounded 5.5 or higher. (Anglo-Saxon grade mark D)
Literature/study material used
Khan’s the physics of radiation therapy, Khan, Faiz M, ISBN 9781451182453. (an electronic version of the book is available at the UU library)
Articles on specific topics
At least 2 weeks before start of the course via the Study guide
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme: